“We rise with the lark and go to bed with the Lamb”. So true, isn’t it? This one recipe has acquired a special place in my heart. Not only in terms of taste but when it comes to grilling the aroma of rosemary & garlic olive oil mix delights your senses and the grilled lamb chops can’t get better for that first juicy bite. Let’s break down this recipe step by step for that ultimate delight.
The forte of grilled lamb chops
This may sound a bit out of the context but I’ve mentioned lamb ribs for this recipe, if you want to gorge into some boneless delicacy then lamb loin chops are the ones you should be going for. But let’s get straight to this one as our craving is reaching new heights.
The best part about using ribs is that it is less time consuming and requires less oil and butter. Hence you’ll get less fat content in the outcome. The marinade used in this recipe tenderizes the ribs and you have delicious grilled lamb rib chops in quick time.
Here’s some relevant piece of info that I’d like to share. At times people can get confused between lamb and mutton. Now a sheep’s meat which is almost a year old or less is called a lamb, an adult sheep, goat, or Ram is butchered to get mutton. Mutton is not as delicate as a lamb; it is strong in flavor and takes time to cook.
I recommend fresh lamb chops but frozen works too
For this recipe, I prefer to get the lamb chops from the nearby meat shop. I consider it to be a better way of getting fresh meat from the lot. You always have the option to get the packaged one from any departmental store. But my strong recommendation will be to purchase the fresh cuts from a meat shop.
Quick Tip: Just try to look out for a roast with straight bones and round meaty ends. They’re the perfect fit for grilled lamb chops.
Let's do the marinade
I don’t prefer a lot of seasoning on lamb rib chops. These little beauties are just amazing the way they are and with a couple of ingredients only like olive oil, salt & pepper they turn out to be super delicious after grilling. A few more things I prefer adding up are finely chopped garlic and rosemary sprinkled with some oregano or thyme which doubles the taste.
In a small bowl add up all the ingredients (olive oil, finely chopped garlic and rosemary, thyme, salt, and pepper) and mix it well. You can either use a spoon to gently pour the mix on the lamb chops or just add the mix on them as per your need.
Rub the lamb chops well. Leave them to rest (approx. 30 minutes is good) and in the meantime get the grill ready for the next step.
Quick Tip: Make sure you have some leftover mix which will be useful while grilling. Hence prepare the seasoning mix in an extra quantity.
It's the time for grilling
Now, preheat the grill first. In general, I prefer my lamb chops to be medium-rare cooked. Hence, you need to grill them in medium-high heat. You can increase the grilling time if you want a charred effect. So let’s start
- To maintain hygiene, clean the grills grates properly. Also, brush them with a bit of olive oil when it’s pre-heated.
- Place the lamb chops on the grill and cook them for 3-4 minutes as I’m going for medium-rare cooked. Usually, the lamb loin chops take 5-7 minutes per side.
- Flip on the other side and cook for the same duration. While flipping makes sure the little uncooked part has also faced the heat properly. Grill the smaller sides as well.
Quick Tip: Brush the lamb chops with a little seasoned mix in between, so that it doesn’t stick to the grill grates and the exterior is moist.
When it’s done allow it to rest for at least 5 minutes and serve them with homemade Pita Bread, Tzatziki and Greek Salad which is a Mediterranean style meal or you can just go for a regular spinach salad. They just perfectly complement each other.
For a quick-serve I’ve kept it simple, just going with a decent peanut sauce and grilled cherry tomatoes.
Grilled Lamb Rib Chops
- 6 lamb chops (3/4 inches thick)
- 1 tbsp finely chopped fresh rosemary
- 2.5 tbsp olive oil, keep extra oil for grilling extra virgin
- 3 cloves of minced garlic
- 1 tsp kosher salt
- Fresh ground black pepper
- Add all the ingredients in a small bowl for marinade and mix them properly.
- Rub the mixture evenly all over the lamb chops, keep a little for grilling.
- Preheat your grill or grill pan to medium-high.
- Now it’s time to put the lamb chops on the grill. Grill them for 2-4 minutes on each side to get the desired doneness.
- The above recipe is for lamb rib chops and can be used for lamb loin chops too. Just make sure you increase the cooking by 2-3 minutes or more (the way you like it cooked) for each side.
- The lamb rib chops are easily available at a departmental store or supermarket, but I’ve preferred it fresh from the butchers cut and it’s less expensive too.
This is a general nutrition chart for one serving. The number of servings is stated above and is my estimate of the normal serving size for this recipe. The above nutritional information is estimated and may vary from the actual results you have. This is home cooking, and there are many variables. To taste ingredients such as salt will be my estimate of the average user.