Easy lemon-garlic lamb chops

Easy lemon garlic lamb chops are quick to cook and perfectly juicy. Great for weeknights when you want a delicious dinner on the table fast.

Easy lemon-garlic lamb chops

We are a lamb chop loving family. We have lamb chops at least once a week and there’s a collective “yay!” when my kids ask the dreaded “what’s for dinner” and the answer is lamb chops. And it’s a double-yay from me because they are totally delicious and SO easy to make.

And of all the lamb chop recipes I’ve made, this is the most perfect because the meat stays soft, juicy and tasty while the fat crisps up nicely and has time to render and caramelize.

Easy lemon-garlic lamb chopsHow to cook lamb chops

I seasoned the lamb chops with oregano, dried chilli (red pepper) flakes, lemon, thyme and garlic and then pre-heated a cast iron skillet/pan until it was smoking hot. You could also use a stainless steal frying pan. This allows the lamb chops to sear and because these aren’t very thick lamb chops, I didn’t want them to over cook and stay in the pan for too long.

Once seared and golden brown on both sides (2-4 minutes), I stood the lamb chops up on their fat side for a minute or two to allow the fat to caramelize and render. After the fat was rendered, I removed the lamb chops from the heat and allowed them to rest for 5 minutes before serving. The resting allows the juices in the meat to redistribute, resulting in soft, juicy meat.

Easy lemon-garlic lamb chops

What temperature should lamb chops be cooked to

Lamb chops are best when they are done medium – medium rare (62ºC/145ºF). The meat should be blushing pink in the center.

Easy lemon-garlic lamb chops

Love lamb chops? Try these recipes:

  1. Indian-spiced lamb chops with cucumber salad
  2. Greek lamb chops with Tzatziki
  3. Dukkah-crusted lamb chops
Easy lemon-garlic lamb chops

Easy lemon-garlic lamb chops

Easy lemon garlic lamb chops are quick to cook and perfectly juicy. Great for weeknights when you want a delicious dinner on the table fast. 
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Course: Easy Dinner, Gluten free, Lamb, Low Carb, Quick recipe
Cuisine: Mediterranean
Keyword: Easy dinner, gluten free recipe, Lamb chop recipe
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Resting time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Calories: 451kcal
Author: Alida Ryder
Servings: 4


  • 8 lamb chops Depending on their size, serve 1-2 per person
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • juice of 1 lemon, approximately 3-4 tablespoons
  • 2-3 tsp dried oregano
  • 1 tsp chilli/red pepper flakes
  • 2 tsp thyme leaves
  • 4 garlic cloves crushed
  • 1 tsp salt
  • pepper to taste


  • Pre-heat a cast-iron/stainless steel pan over high heat. 
  • Drizzle the lamb chops with the olive oil and lemon juice then generously season with the herbs, spices and garlic on both sides. 
  • Place the lamb chops in the hot pan then sear for 2-3 minutes per side until golden brown.
  • Flip the lamb chops onto the fat side and allow to sear until the fat has started to render and has caramelized. 
  • Remove from the pan and allow to rest for a few minutes before serving with lemon wedges. 


Calories: 451kcal | Carbohydrates: 1g | Protein: 45g | Fat: 27g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Cholesterol: 149mg | Sodium: 753mg | Potassium: 620mg | Vitamin A: 165IU | Vitamin C: 1.6mg | Calcium: 41mg | Iron: 4.2mg

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  1. Hi Alida, I’ve been following you for quite a while now and love everything that I’ve made. I happen to have some lamb chops out from the freeze for our dinner, but instead of making them a boring meal I decided to try your recipe. Can you please tell me if this can be done in the Air Fryer even though you probably can’t reply in time for me now I’d still like to try this for later. Thank you. 15/12/2023.

  2. Excellent lamb recipe, and so easy.This is my go-to recipe when lamb is on sale. This is a keeper, thanks for sharing.

  3. Had these for lunch at my MIL’s and she sent me here to come get the recipe. Such tasty chops and definitely making them again this week. Thanks!

  4. The chops were very tasty. I love that o had all the ingredients in my pantry already. Definitely adding this recipe to my weekly rotation.