American Lamb Loin Chops with Mint Pesto

Prep Time

15 min

Cook Time

10 min

Total Time

25 min



American Lamb Loin Chops with Mint Pesto on plates


  • 9 American Lamb loin chops
  • 1/2 cup basil leaves
  • 1/2 cup mint leaves
  • 1 tablespoon pine nuts
  • 2 whole garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 pinch sea salt
  • 1 pinch cracked black pepper


Preheat grill to a high heat. 

In a food processor, combine basil, mint, pine nuts and garlic; pulse until smooth. With machine running, slowly pour in oil until smooth. Add Parmesan by hand; mix through with a spatula. 

Season each American Lamb loin chop with salt and pepper on both sides. Place chops onto hot grill. Sear 3 to 4 minutes; turn, moving chops to an indirect heat. Cook until internal temperature reaches 135°F for medium rare. 

Transfer cooked chops to a baking tray; let rest for 2 minutes. 

Brush Mint Pesto generously onto the surface of each loin chop. Serve at once with a side salad.

USDA recommends the following time and temperature parameters

Ground Lamb

Internal temperature of 160°F

All Other Cuts

Internal temperature of 145°F, with a 3 minute rest

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