These Grilled Lamb Chops are so juicy and tender, and the marinade just amps up the flavor. You don’t need to spend hours in the kitchen preparing these chops, but they sure taste like you did! This recipe is super easy, and best of all, it makes you look like a Food Network star chef!
What goes into Grilleed lamb chops?
A handful of really simple ingredients, that’s all it takes to make some of the best lamb chops you have ever tasted. Sometimes recipes can be overly complicated with a laundry list of ingredients, but this one is all about the lamb.
All you need to do is make sure that you season your lamb loin chops well and properly cook them; that’s all it takes. The fantastic flavors of the lamb will shine through.
- Lamb chops (one 6 bone rack of lamb)
- Cloves of garlic
- Fresh rosemary
- Fresh thyme
- Red pepper flakes
- Kosher salt
- Fresh ground pepper
- Olive oil
How to prepare your lamb chops for the grill
In a food processor fitted with a blade attachment, combine the garlic cloves, rosemary, thyme, red pepper flakes, kosher salt, and fresh ground pepper. Pulse a few times until the garlic is minced.
Add the olive oil to the food processor and continue to pulse until the ingredients have created almost a paste. If the mixture seems a little too thick, you can add a little more olive oil to loosen it up.
Using a very sharp butcher’s knife, you will need to cut the rack of lamb into individual chops. It does take a little effort to get through, so if you are not comfortable with this, ask your butcher. He would be more than willing to help you out with this task.
To marinate the chops place the lamb into a resealable plastic bag and pour the marinade over the chops. Seal the bag and massage the chops to make sure that they are well coated in the marinade. Place the bag in the refrigerator for an hour or two.
Remove the chops from the resealable bag and place them on a platter on your counter for at least 20 – 30 minutes. This will allow them to come up to room temperature before you cook them on your grill.
Preheat your grill; you want it to be medium-high heat to high heat before you put the lamb on. The key is to make sure you have a nice sear on the outside of your chops.
Grilling your lamb chops
Once your grill is preheated, and up to temp, it’s time to grill your lamb chops. Cook the chops for about 2-3 minutes per side. Your chops should be cooked to a perfect medium-rare. Your cook time may vary slightly. You are looking for an internal temperature of 132 – 135 degrees F.
I use my trusty Thermoworks Thermapen instant-read thermometer. It is quick, easy to use, and gives me an exact temperature in a second every time!
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Remove the lamb chops from the grill. I like to sprinkle them with a little pinch of Kosher salt as they are resting. This bumps up the flavor of the lamb a bit more! Make sure that you allow them to rest for 3-5 minutes before serving.
There are so many options you can pair with this wonderful grilled lamb.
Serving your grilled lamb chops
For an easy dinner, simply serve your grilled lamb with a fresh salad. Lamb goes so well with Greek flavors; maybe try it with a tzatziki sauce for dipping or some crumbled feta over top.
Mint jelly or mint pesto is a very traditional choice, but I think a quick squeeze of lemon juice really brightens up the taste of the lamb. When we are having the gang over to watch football, I will often serve up lamb lollipops or lamb sicles. Everyone just grabs the rib bone of the chop and munchies away; yummy!
Can I cook my lamb chops in the oven?
Of course, you can cook your lamb chops in the oven! You can even fry your lamb chops on the stovetop if you like. If you are using an oven, you will want to sear the outside first in a grill pan or a cast-iron skillet. Make sure that it is oven-proof!
Sear the outside of the lamb chops and toss it in a 375 – 400 degree F oven for a few minutes. Make sure you monitor the internal temperature closely. The lamb will cook quickly. Also, keep in mind that your lamb chops will continue to cook once you remove them from the heat.
Just look at that juicy bite of a grilled lamb chop! Medium rare is generally the cook that you are looking for, especially for someone who loves lamb. If you overcook the lamb, it can become tough.
You should give this recipe a try if you’re a lamb lover. And if you are new to lamb, this is a great recipe to try out. The flavors are mild, but the taste is fantastic!
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- 6 lamb chops (One 6 bone rack of lamb cut into chops and trimmed)
- 3 large cloves of garlic, crushed
- 1 Tbsp. fresh rosemary (or 1 tsp dried rosemary)
- 1 tsp fresh thyme leaves (or 1/2 tsp dried thyme)
- Pinch of red pepper flakes (or more to taste)
- ½ tsp Kosher salt
- ¼ tsp fresh ground pepper
- 2 ½ Tbsps. olive oil
- In a small food processor fitted with a blade, add the garlic, rosemary, thyme, red pepper flakes, Kosher salt and fresh ground pepper. Pulse a few times until combine and the garlic is minced.
- Pour in 2 Tbsps. of olive oil and pulse until a paste is formed. Add a little more olive oil if you need. It should be like a loose paste.
- Place the lamb chops in a large resealable bag and pour the paste over the chops and massage in.
- Close the resealable bag and refrigerate for 1 to 2 hours.
- Remove the bag from the refrigerator and remove the chops from the marinade and place on a large plate or platter. Allow the lamb chops to sit on the counter for 20 minutes to come to room temperature.
- Preheat your grill to high (450 degrees F).
- Place the chops on the grill and cook about 2 minutes, turn them over and grill for an additional 2 minutes for medium rare (internal temperature should be 132 -135 degrees F).
- Remove from the grill, sprinkle lightly with Kosher salt.
- Allow to rest for 3-5 minutes before serving.
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Amount Per Serving: Calories: 438Total Fat: 34gSaturated Fat: 13gTrans Fat: 2gUnsaturated Fat: 20gCholesterol: 98mgSodium: 301mgCarbohydrates: 2gFiber: 1gSugar: 0gProtein: 31g
Recipe calculation was provided by Nutritionix and is estimation only. If you need nutritional calculations for medical reasons, please use a source that you trust.