Grilled Lamb Chops with Tahini Sauce

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Grilled Lamb Chops with Tahini Sauce
Photo: © William Meppem
Total Time:
25 mins


  • 1/2 cup loosely packed cilantro leaves, plus 1 tablespoon chopped cilantro, for garnish

  • 2 small garlic cloves

  • 10 large mint leaves

  • 1/3 cup plus 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice

  • 2 1/2 tablespoons olive oil

  • 2 teaspoons sweet paprika

  • 1 teaspoon freshly groun black pepper

  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin

  • 1 teaspoon ground turmeric

  • 1 teaspoon ground fennel seeds

  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper

  • Pinch of cinnamon

  • Kosher salt

  • 8 lamb chops, 1/2 to 3/4 inch thick (2 1/4 pounds)

  • 1 tablespoon tahini paste

  • 2 tablespoons hot water


  1. In a food processor, combine the 1/2 cup of cilantro leaves with the garlic and mint and pulse until coarsely chopped. Add 1/3 cup of the lemon juice, 1 tablespoon of olive oil, the paprika, black pepper, cumin, turmeric, fennel seeds, cayenne, cinnamon and 1 teaspoon of kosher salt. Process until a paste forms. Put the chops in a baking dish, pour the marinade over them and turn to coat.

  2. Light a grill or preheat a grill pan. Grill the chops over a medium-high fire for 8 minutes, turning once, until an instant-read thermometer inserted in the thickest part of a chop registers 125° to 130° for medium rare. Transfer the chops to a platter and let rest for 5 minutes.

  3. Meanwhile, in a small bowl, whisk the tahini and water with the remaining 2 tablespoons of lemon juice and 1 1/2 tablespoons of olive oil. Garnish the chops with the chopped cilantro and serve with the tahini sauce.

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