This easy lamb loin chops recipe will be your family’s favorite. Lamb loin chops marinated in olive oil, lemon, paprika and garlic make a delicious dinner for everyone!
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Family meals made with seasonal and delicious ingredients are a big part of our lives. We love eating food that’s made with real and fresh ingredients such as Italian stuffed peppers and shish tawook because it’s full of flavor and it’s easy to make.
In addition to beef, chicken, and seafood, lamb is also a favorite as its extraordinary flavor and tender texture are perfect for many different recipes.
What’s the difference between lamb loin chops and lamb chops?
Lamb loin chops are cut from the waist of the lamb and have a small piece of bone. Lamb chops are basically rib cuts and have the rib bone. They are both perfect for pan searing and grilling.
Do lamb loin chops have bones?
Yes. Lamb loin chops have a T shaped about halfway down the cut. It can easily be removed while eating.
Like other Mediterranean recipes, this delicious lamb loin chop recipe is made with olive oil, a generous amount of garlic and a good squeeze of fresh lemons. It’s tender, savory and definitely super tasty!
To make this tasty meal, I used Open Nature™ products from my local Star Market which are high quality, minimally processed products and are free of any artificial colors, flavors, sweeteners or preservatives. Open Nature products have none of the “bad” stuff: no chemical additives, no high fructose corn syrup, and no unrecognizable ingredients.
What I love the most about Open Nature products is that they are good, clean, and I feel good about using them for me and my family. The quality and value that I get from Open Nature is great and the flavors are completely on point.
What do you marinate lamb chops in?
These lamb loin chops are marinated in a combination of olive oil, freshly squeezed lemon juice, minced garlic, onion powder and paprika. Marinate the lamb loin chops for at least 30 minutes, up to 5 hours. The lemon garlic marinade brings out the delicious flavor of lamb and makes it so tender.
How to cook lamb loin chops in a skillet
Lamb loin chops can be cooked pretty quickly, especially if you like your meat medium rare to medium. Four minutes on each side in a hot cast iron skillet would work perfectly. Once you’ve seared them on both sides, turn the heat off, cover the pan and let the lamb loin chops rest in the pan for ten minutes if you like them to be medium. If you like them on the well done side, cook them in the oven at 350°F for ten minutes after you’ve seared them on both sides.
What is a good sauce for lamb chops?
I love serving lamb loin chops with a delicious Mediterranean yogurt and mint sauce. This fresh sauce is simple, yet so flavorful as it’s made with garlic, fresh mint and Open Nature plain Greek yogurt.
What is a good side dish for lamb loin chops?
Roasted potatoes are a great side dish for this lamb loin chops recipe. I prefer to roast them with salt, pepper and just a little bit of thyme, keeping them quite simple as the lamb loin chops bear most of the flavor of the meal. A large bowl of fresh green salad with tomatoes is another good compliment to the lamb loins, especially when served with delicious Open Nature balsamic vinaigrette.
Notes and tips for making this lamb loin chops recipe
- The lamb loin chops can be marinated anywhere from thirty minutes to five hours. Lamb absorbs flavors pretty quickly.
- Before pan searing the lamb, make sure it is at room temperature. If the lamb is cold, the center is going to be completely raw after cooking both sides.
- Pan sear lamb loin chops anywhere between 4 to 6 minutes per side and then turn the heat off, cover and let it sit for ten minutes. The internal temperature should be 150° if you like it to be medium.
- If you would like it to be more done, after searing it on both sides, cook it in the oven at 350°F for ten minutes.
- Cast iron skillet is the best option to sear lamb loin chops.
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Lamb Loin Chops Recipe with Roasted Potatoes
This easy lamb loin chops recipe will be your family's favorite. Lamb loin chops marinated in olive oil, lemon, paprika and garlic make a delicious dinner for everyone!
Lamb Loin Chops
- 6 Open Nature lamb loin chops
- 1/8 cup olive oil extra virgin
- 1 lemon juice of
- 6 cloves garlic minced
- 1 tsp onion powder
- 1 1/2 tsp paprika
Yogurt Mint Sauce
- 1 cup Open Nature Plain Nonfat Greek Yogurt Strained
- 1/3 cup fresh mint chopped
- 2 cloves garlic minced
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 1/8 tsp freshly ground pepper
Lamb Loin Chops
In a large bowl, mix olive oil, lemon juice, garlic, onion powder and paprika.
Add the lamb loin chops to the marinade and mix well so all the pieces are covered in marinade.
Cover the bowl, refrigerate and marinade for at least thirty minutes.
Bring the bowl out of the fridge and let the lamb loin chops come to room temperature.
Meanwhile, heat a cast iron skillet over medium heat until it starts smoking.
Place lamb chops in the pan, 2 or 3 at a time and sear for five minutes on each side.
Once you've seared them on both sides, add some salt to the lamb loin chops, turn the heat off, cover the pan and let them sit for ten minutes.
Serve with roasted potatoes, yogurt mint sauce and a fresh green salad served with Open Nature™ Balsamic Vinaigrette.
Yogurt mint sauce
Mix all the ingredients in a bowl, serve immediately with the lamb loin chops.
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