I’m sort of on this kick right now, with the kids gone back to wherever after break, and I’m making stuff for Meathead and me that they either hate, or won’t try. Lamb chops, for instance. No way they could eat lamb, it’s a baby…I won’t go on, I’m sure you can fill in the rest of their argument. I haven’t made grilled lamb chops in years. I forgot how good they are.
When I was a kid, my mom (not a good cook by any stretch of the imagination) would broil lamb chops for dinner sometimes, on a weeknight. Just salt and pepper and Worcestershire sauce. My brother hated lamb, but I loved my mom’s lamb chops. If I got home from school and she told me that’s what’s for dinner, I could hardly wait. And she usually made creamed spinach (well, Stouffer’s did) to go with it, just for me.
So, I rather spontaneously picked up a package of really good looking loin lamb chops a couple of months ago. Meathead grilled them outside, in the cold, with salt and pepper and Worcestershire. Pretty good, we agreed. I mean really good. I’ve made a few times since then and thought, I should try marinating them. I had some fresh rosemary and lemons, so that’s what I did.
Oh my gosh, this marinade is simple and so great for lamb chops. Olive oil, lemon, garlic and rosemary. I think I added some dried thyme also, I would have thrown in some fresh thyme if I had any. I marinated for a couple hours and then we grilled the chops. They. Were. Delicious. I’d say they were perfect.
We like these chops grilled outside, in the cold, but the broiler would work just fine, so would a grill pan. I would suggest marinating at least one hour, you could probably let it go a lot longer. Whatever you decide, these lamb chops will knock your socks off.
Tender and flavorful lamb chops, in a simple marinade, grilled to perfection.
- 6-8 loin lamb chops, 1½ to 2 inches thick
- ¼ cup olive oil
- Juice and zest of 1 lemon
- 3-4 cloves garlic, finely chopped
- 1 tablespoon fresh rosemary, finely chopped (or a little more)
- 1 teaspoon dried thyme, optional (or some fresh thyme, finely chopped)
- Kosher salt
- Fresh cracked black pepper
Make the marinade. Combine all the ingredients, minus the chops, and mix well. Add about a teaspoon or so of salt and a few good grinds of pepper.
Put chops in a single layer in a glass dish. Pour marinade over them, flip chops to coat well. Cover tightly with plastic wrap and marinate in the refrigerator at least an hour, turning occasionally. I marinated for 2 hours.
About an hour before you're ready to grill, set the chops out to get room temp. Heat grill to medium-high, and grill chops to medium rare, about 7 or 8 minutes a side. Let rest, covered loosely with foil, for at least 5 minutes. Serve warm.
Enough marinade for 6 to 8 chops, at least