Grilled Lamb Chops

Grilled Lamb Chops

Lamb chops are not something you can make very often. They’re very expensive for a very little bit of meat (maybe you’re paying for the bone, so save it! Make stock!). That being said, they are a perfect “special occasion” food. Is it someone you love’s birthday? Add a couple of lamb chops to make it extra special. Or, maybe you’re celebrating your graduation after five years of graduate school? Whatever your reason for celebrating, these lamb chops are easy and amazing. Make sure to buy good lamb, too. Don’t want to spend all that money just to have an okay treat.

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Believe it or not, these lamb chops were somewhat of an impulse buy for me. I have never cooked lamb chops before this! They were very easy and very impressive tasting. It makes me want to eat these more often. I actually got the recipe from the Fairway recipe and advertisement magazine they give out at the front of the store, though it seemed to be a pretty classic flavor combination for lamb.

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Lamb Chops, adapted from Fairway

Makes 6 lamb chops


  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 1 tablespoon rosemary
  • 1 teaspoon thyme
  • Pinch of cayenne pepper
  • Sea salt
  • 6 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 6 lamb chops, about 3/4 inch thick


1. Chop the rosemary, thyme, and garlic very finely.

2. Using a mortar and pestle or small food processor, make into a paste with the salt, cayenne, and olive oil.

3. Spread mixture on to the lamb and marinate in the refrigerator for at least one hour.

4. Bring the lamb to room temperature outside of the fridge for 20 minutes.

5. Put your grill (indoor or outdoor) on high heat and grill for 2 minutes on one side.

6. Flip over and grill for 3 minutes on the second side.

7. Serve and enjoy!

Grilled Lamb Chops

  • steph

    happy birthday, zeke! and happy end of grad school, jess!!!

    • Jessica

      thanks, steph! come to my graduation!

  • Thejewishhostess

    Definitely trying this for Friday night of Shavuot!

    • Jessica

      let us know how it turns out!

  • Sina Mizrahi

    Yum, great recipe. My SIL makes it very similarly

  • Hindy Garfinkel

    These look delicious!

    • Jessica

      tasted delicious, too

  • Dani Klein

    This is why I’m a carnivore

    • Jessica

      that’s what my husband said!

  • Ronnie Fein

    I serve lamb when my kids come; we all love it and it is celebratory food! We also love it with rosemary.

  • This American Bite

    Delicious. I have lamb defrosting for dinner tonight. We’ll be thinking of you.

  • Chanie@BusyInBrooklyn

    Love how you use the mortar and pestle. You don’t see much of that anymore.

  • Shoshana Ohriner

    I agree, lamb chops always feel like a super special treat. These look delicious.

  • LilMissCakes

    I love lamb chops and I like your simple preparation for them.

  • alessandra @DinnerInVenice

    The close up photos are making my mouth water! YUM!

  • 8fold4noble

    Looks delicious.