Lamb Chops



Lamb chops can actually come from a few different areas of the animal—mainly the rib, loin, sirloin and shoulder. The price and tenderness of the chop will depend on which one you choose. Rib chops are those recognizable "lamb lollipops" that have a tender eye of meat in the center. Sirloin chops are thick, inexpensive cuts that are just tender enough to be grilled or broiled, steakhouse-style. Shoulder chops have a lot of marbling and do well with a number of cooking methods, such as braising or pan-frying. The final type of chop, loin chops, are the most prized because they are supertender. Cook them quickly on the grill or under the broiler to get a great crust and a juicy center. F&W's guide to lamb chops elaborates on all four types with easy-to-follow recipes and chef-inspired cooking tips.

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Seared Lamb Chops with Seared Endive, Asparagus, and Tahini Dressing

When I’m in a meat-eating frame of mind and cooking solo, I turn to lamb chops because they’re delicious, easy to prepare, and, because of their size, ideal for a dinner for one. If you’re feeling only a little peckish you can cook just a couple, or if you’re famished, you can have four or five chops (I always ask the butcher to chop them individually so they’re about an inch thick). All you have to do is sprinkle them with salt and pepper and pop them into a hot skillet to cook and you’re on your way to a filling meal. Cooking for yourself is an act of self-care, so buy the highest quality ingredients you can afford. For me, that means patronizing a grocery store that carries grass-fed meat, where a butcher can verify that the animal was not raised on an all-grain diet and stuffed with antibiotics. To round out this springtime dish, I add some more spring produce—seared endives and asparagus—which I garnish with fresh mint (a nod to my parents, who would always add mint jelly when lamb was served). I drizzle the vegetables with a tangy tahini dressing, loaded with lemon juice, which adds a bright, acidic finish. The entire meal is quick to prepare, because you’re only briefly searing the vegetables, browning the endives but not cooking them all the way through, which leaves a nice texture, as well as bitterness and crunch, that’s delightful alongside the lamb. The whole thing comes together in about 20 minutes—making it an easy way to do something nice for yourself, even on a weeknight.
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Cumin Lamb Chops with Charred Scallions and Peanuts

“The spicy cumin salt in this recipe is reason enough to go out in search of the finest lamb chops you can find, but it’s truly good on chicken, pork, and beef as well (and potatoes, strangely enough). When buying your chops, you’ll likely have a choice between New Zealand chops (which tend to be more petite) and American (probably from Colorado; these are a bit heftier). Both are equally delicious, and you can’t go wrong; just make sure, whichever ones you get, they are un-frenched, meaning they still have all the meat and fat on the bone. Choose these not only because they look better but also so you can gnaw on the bones.” Reprinted from Dining In: Highly Cookable Recipes. Copyright © 2017 by Alison Roman. Photographs by Michael Graydon and Nikole Herriott. Published by Clarkson Potter/Publishers, an imprint of Penguin Random House LLC. Slideshow: More Fast Lamb Chop Recipes
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Grilled Lamb Chops and Peppers


A hardwood charcoal fire imparts excellent smoky flavor to grilled lamb chops and bell peppers. Slideshow: More Lamb Chop Recipes
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Lamb Chops with Burnt-Bread Salsa Verde


To make bright and tangy salsa verde even more delicious, Food & Wine’s Justin Chapple adds a slice of burned bread to it, which deepens and intensifies the flavors. Slideshow: More Lamb Chop Recipes
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Lamb Blade Chops 
with Cherry and Pickled Fennel Couscous


Lamb blade chops are our new favorite cut: They cook quickly and are inexpensive and very flavorful. Instead of marinating his lamb, Ava Gene’s chef Joshua McFadden tops them with an herby coriander dressing after they come off the grill, for a brighter flavor. Slideshow: More Lamb Chop Recipes
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Jardinière de Légumes and Grilled Lamb Chops

Chef Ludovic Lefebvre puts together a colorful dish featuring grilled lamb chops surrounded by a variety of spring carrots, turnips, radishes, shelled peas, onions and lettuce leaves. A simple butter "sauce" acts as a liaison for the vegetable and ties this meal together. For more details on how to make this recipe, see Ludo's step-by-step video here.
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Oregano-Scented Lamb Shoulder Chops with Tomatoes and Olives

At the avant-garde restaurant Trattoria Al Cacciatore in Friuli, this lamb is served in a sealed jar to maximize the aromas. The version here requires just 30 minutes in a skillet; the potato chip garnish adds a wonderful crunch. Slideshow: More Lamb Recipes
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Grilled Lamb Chops with Cucumber Relish

Renee Erickson of Boat Street Café in Seattle has an easy trick for extra-juicy chops: She rubs the lamb with a little oil and seasoning and lets it sit for a bit before grilling. While the chops come to room temperature, you can prepare the sweet-savory Mediterranean-inspired cucumber relish. Slideshow: More Lamb Recipes
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Grilled Lamb Chops with Cucumber Relish

A grill pan or cast-iron skillet is a quick way to cook lamb chops. Chef Renee Erickson serves them with a sweet-savory Moroccan-inspired relish that includes pine nuts, golden raisins and lemon. She recommends eating the chops with your hands. "The bones should be picked clean," she says. Slideshow: More Grilled Lamb Recipes