How to Cook Lamb Chops

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cooked rib lamb chops in a spiral on a plate with a lemon wedge


  • 8 American lamb rib chops (3/4 inches thick)
  • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 3 cloves garlic grated or minced
  • 1 Tablespoon fresh Rosemary chopped
  • 1 lemon, zested and juiced
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper


Combine the olive oil, garlic, rosemary, lemon juice, lemon zest and salt & pepper in a small bowl.

Pour the mixture over the lamb chops and let marinate at least 30 minutes, or up to overnight.

Heat grill to 500 degrees F and grill chops for 2-4 minutes per side, until the internal temperature reads 135 degrees F, for medium-rare.

Let rest 5 minutes before serving. Enjoy!

Grill Pan: Cook on medium-high heat for 2-4 minutes per side.

Broiler: Preheat your broiler to HIGH. Remove lamb chops from the refrigerator 30-minutes before you plan to cook them. Broil for 3-5 minutes per side.

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 rib chops scattered on a cutting board
raw marinated lamb chops on a platter
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5 comments on “How to Cook Lamb Chops”

  1. This LAMB challenge is my kind of action. I have enjoyed chops, roasts, kabobs, stews & lollipops. Lots of the recipes I cooked at home. I am not a fan of eating lamb "out" because it can be a bit under-cooked for me. I love pink au jus, but not red.

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