July 28, 2020

Grilled Lamb Loin Chops with Herby Fennel & Sumac


Prep Time

12 min

Cook Time

10 min

Total Time



platter with cooked lamb loin chops topped with shaved fennel and herbs


  • 2 1/2 pounds American lamb loin chops, about 1 1/2 inches thick
  • Kosher salt and black pepper
  • 1 cup full-fat Greek yogurt 
  • 2 lemons, (one zested and both juiced)2 tablespoons fennel or cumin seeds, crushed (I like a mix of both) plus more for serving
  • 2 tablespoons fresh oregano, (chopped plus more for serving) 
  • 2 teaspoons minced fresh garlic 
  • 1 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes 
  • 1 fennel bulb, (cored and thinly sliced, fronds reserved) 
  • 1 cup mixed fresh herbs such as reserved fennel fronds, cilantro, mint and/or parsley 
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground sumac 
  • Flaky sea salt, extra-virgin olive oil, and Greek yogurt for serving 


Pierce lamb chops with a fork all over; season with salt and pepper.

Combine yogurt, 2 tablespoons lemon juice, 1 teaspoon zest, 2 tablespoons fennel and/or cumin seeds, 2 tablespoons oregano, garlic, and red pepper flakes in a large bowl. 

Add lamb loin chops and toss to coat evenly. Cover and chill for 2 hours or up to overnight. 

Let meat come to room temperature for 30 minutes. Meanwhile, toss sliced fennel with 2 tablespoons lemon juice; season with salt and set aside. Heat a grill to medium-high (375 degrees F). Brush grill grate clean, then brush with oil to coat. 

Grill chops 5–6 minutes per side until an instant-read thermometer inserted in the centers, but not touching the bone, registers 145 degrees F. Let rest for 3 minutes.

Add cup if mixed herbs to sliced fennel mixture; transfer to a serving platter then arrange lamb loin chops on top. Sprinkle lamb and fennel with ¼ teaspoon fennel seeds, sumac, and flaky sea salt. Drizzle with olive oil and serve with additional Greek yogurt.

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

raw lamb loin chops on parchment with salt being sprinkled on top
cooked lamb chop on top of fennel and herb salad
thermometer timer illustration
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