Learn how to cook lamb chops with perfect results every time! Make a quick marinade with olive oil, garlic, lemon and rosemary. Then, cook your chops on the grill, in the oven, or on the stove.
This post is sponsored by the American Lamb Board. As always, all opinions are my own.
Why you’ll love them
Lamb Chops make the perfect meal for any occasion. They’re quick to prepare and definitely easy to devour… Everyone loves them!
But, your guests will never guess how easy they are to make. In 5 minutes, you can whip up a flavor packed garlicky-herb marinade. Plus, there’s no need to marinate the lamb chops overnight. With this citrusy marinade, the flavors will permeate and tenderize the meat in as little as 30 minutes.
Once they’ve marinated, and have come to room temperature for a bit, just pop them onto a hot grill, a stovetop grill pan, or under the broiler. They’ll be perfectly cooked in under 10 minutes!
Juicy, tender, and packed with flavor.
What more could you ask for?
Lamb chops vs. rack of lamb
Lamb rib chops are cut from the ribs of a lamb. A rack of lamb is a section of eight ribs with meat attached. The rack is usually the more cost-effective choice. Because of this, I like to purchase a whole rack of lamb and cut it into individual lamb chops.
You’ll want a frenched rack of lamb, meaning that the rib bones are exposed. Most racks of lamb will already come this way, but you can also ask your butcher to do this for you.
- By choosing American Lamb, you’re supporting local farmers and ranchers throughout the US.
- Raising lamb in the US is a family affair with more than 80,000 family owned operations.
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- American Lamb Rib Chops – Or, a rack of lamb that has been cut into individual lamb chops that are about ¾-inch thick.
- Olive Oil
- Rosemary – Or, substitute half the amount of dried rosemary.
- Fresh Lemon – We’ll use both the zest and the juice.
- Salt & Pepper
How to cook lamb chops
Combine the olive oil, garlic, rosemary, lemon juice, lemon zest and salt & pepper in a small bowl.
Pour the mixture over the lamb chops and let marinate at least 30 minutes, or up to overnight.
On the grill
Heat grill to 500-degrees and grill chops for 2-4 minutes per side, until the internal temperature reads 135-degrees, for medium-rare. See below for recommended cooking temperatures.
Let rest 5 minutes before serving. Enjoy!
On the stove
Preheat a grill pan to medium-high heat. Then, cook the chops for 2-4 minutes per side.
In the oven
Preheat your broiler to HIGH. Remove lamb chops from the refrigerator 30-minutes before you plan to cook them. Broil for 3-5 minutes per side.
Lamb chops cooking temperatures
- Rare: 115ºF – 124ºF (very pink inside)
- Medium rare: 125ºF – 135ºFF (bright pink inside)
- Medium: 136ºF – 144ºF (light pink inside)
- Medium well: 145ºF – 154ºF (barely any pink left)
- Well done: 155ºF (no pink)
Note: The USDA recommends cooking lamb to an internal temperature of 145 degrees with a 3 minute rest.
- Don’t over-marinate the lamb. If the lamb is left marinating for more than 24 hours, the citrus will cause the meat to break down too much.
- Be sure to let your lamb come to room temperature before placing it on your hot grill. This ensures that it will grill up evenly, without the inside of the lamb being too rare.
- Use a meat thermometer! It’s much easier than eyeballing it. When the internal temperature reaches 130ºF, the lamb will be a nice medium rare.
- Leaving the grilled chops to rest for 5 minutes is preferred to seal in the delicious juices and flavor.
Plan on 3-4 rib chops per person.
To tell if lamb is done without a thermometer, make a small cut into the lamb and touch the knife to your wrist. If the knife is cold, the meat is still raw. If it’s similar to your body temperature, it’s medium rare. If it’s warm, it’s medium. And if it’s hot, it’s well done.
For the perfect lamb chops, medium-rare is the preferred doneness. For medium rare, remove it from the grill when the thickest part of the lamb chop reaches 130-degrees. It will continue to cook a bit as it rests.
You’ll find racks of lamb typically with eight ribs, but your butcher can cut them into smaller pieces if you’re serving less people.
What to serve with lamb chops
Sauces for lamb chops
- Mint jelly
- Chimichurri Sauce
- Bernaise Sauce
- Mint Mustard Sauce
- Bordelaise Sauce
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Side dishes for lamb chops
- Creamy Polenta
- Duchess Potatoes
- Arugula Salad
- Glazed Carrots
- Sauteed Spinach
- MORE → my must try lamb side dishes
Wine Pairings for Lamb Chops
- Malbec with medium body and smooth tannins makes an excellent pairing for the rich lamb chops.
- Petite Sirah is another great match. With its typical flavors of plum, raspberry, blackberries, and black pepper it lends itself wonderfully to stronger flavored meats, such as lamb.
- Syrah is another wine that will stand up nicely to these lamb chops and the spices going on in the peanut sauce.
- MORE → my 8 favorite lamb wine pairings.
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How to Cook PERFECT Lamb Chops
- Combine the olive oil, garlic, rosemary, lemon juice, lemon zest and salt & pepper in a small bowl.
- Pour the mixture over the lamb chops and let marinate at least 30 minutes, or up to overnight.
- Heat grill to 500-degrees and grill chops for 2-4 minutes per side, until the internal temperature reads 135-degrees, for medium-rare*.
- Let rest 5 minutes before serving. Enjoy!
- Cook on medium-high heat for 2-4 minutes per side.
- Preheat your broiler to HIGH. Remove lamb chops from the refrigerator 30-minutes before you plan to cook them. Broil for 3-5 minutes per side.