Lamb is the #1 choice of red meat in my house. I can cook it in any preparation like kebab, curry or chops and chances are, there won’t be any left-overs. Different preparations have different cooking times, but this recipe for Homemade Grilled Lamb Chops is one of my weeknight specialities. Tender, juicy, lemony and spiced with an earthy mediterranean spice blend, they are bursting with flavor and simply delicious.
With a prep time of under 10 minutes and a cook time of 6 minutes, this is one of my favorite “dinner in 30” recipes. It pairs great with my lemon saffron rice or my quinoa tabbouleh salad or just a warm pita with a greek salad. Serve it with a glass of Pinot noir or Cabernet Sauvignon, and that’s an official “date-night“!
Easy Peasy Recipe
I like to marinate the chops and leave them aside for 15 minutes while I prep the sides and salad. These short 15 minutes allow the chops to absorb the flavors of the marinade and stay juicy while grilling them. I always have the spices for a mediterranean marinade handy as I use it for other proteins like chicken and shrimp too. I mix in greek yogurt with dry spices, freshly grated garlic (or garlic powder), freshly grated lemon zest and a splash of lemon juice. Apply this mix liberally all over the chops. Put them on a plate or in a Gallon Size Storage Bags and let the chops hang out in the marinade for 15 minutes.
These lamb chops can be grilled three ways, on an outdoor grill, in a stove-top skillet, or, under the broiler in the oven. I keep switching between these three methods based on convenience, mood and who’s grilling 🙂 We like our grilled lamb chops almost well done, so please adjust the timing to your taste. Reduce the timing by a minute or so per side to get a medium doneness on these chops. Here are the three ways:
- Outdoor Grill: My husband is the grill master of the house, so, if he’s cooking, outdoor grill it is. 3 minutes on each side (on a medium-high heat zone), flipping half way through, rest for 5-10 minutes and you have the most succulent lamb chops.
- Oven: If my stove-top burners are occupied, or if my kids are cooking these, then I use the broiler for cooking the lamb chops. I place them on a lined baking sheet and pop it under the broiler, such that the meat is about 4 inches away from the heat. 3-4 minutes on each side is all they need, flipping them half way through. So, I would say roughly 7-8 minutes should give you well done chops. Be sure to rest them for 5-10 minutes before serving.
- Stove-top: These lamb chops turn out amazing in a skillet too. Heat the skillet on medium high heat. I like to use a grill pan for these to get the gorgeous grill marks, but believe me, an omelette pan will work just as well too. 3 minutes on each side, flipping half way through, rest for 5-10 minutes and you’re done!