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No fail Grilled Lamb Chops

No-Fail Grilled Lamb Chops are marinated in rosemary, garlic and citrus for a simple yet elegant meal for entertaining.  Ideal to serve at summer and fall gatherings.

No Fail Grilled Lamb Chops are marinated in rosemary, garlic and citrus for a simple yet elegant meal for entertaining.  Ideal to serve at summer and fall gatherings.

No-Fail Grilled Lamb Chops is a recipe that we use often in our house.  It’s not really even a recipe, because it’s just a few herbs and spices with some citrus then you grill it to your liking.  The no Fail part of No-Fail Grilled Lamb chops comes about in how you grill them so they remain juicy, not dried out and get the perfect seared crust.

Seasoning options for grilled lamb

For today’s no-fail lamb chop recipe, I’m suggesting garlic, lemon and rosemary for super clean and simple flavorings.  Other herbs and spices such as thyme, cumin, celery salt and cumin also work.  If you want a smoky flavor chili powder and some chopped mild chilis will give a nice kick.

I also have a greek lamb chop recipe here that you could use as well for simple, but very flavorful lamb.

What cuts of lamb to select to grill

  1. There are three kinds of lamb that work on the grill, loin chops, shoulder chops and rib chops.  I find the loin or rib chops work the best because you can trim off most of the fat which prevents them from starting the flare-ups on the grill.
    1. You can also grill a leg of lamb, but its not a quick meal for entertaining.  They are delicious, but I find I need those meals that can come together quickly in the summer and fall.
  2. Buy the chop at a width of  1 1/4″  – 1 3/4″ thick, and make sure the cut is the same thickness for the whole chop.
    1. The chop cooks evenly and doesn’t dry out in parts if you make sure the cut is uniform for all of the chops.

 

How to cook lamb on the grill:

You will set your grill up with a hot area and a medium-hot area.  I find it works successfully every time if I grill the chops on the medium heat until the lamb is about 15° from the final doneness wanted.  Then you move it to the hot section to get the beautiful sear marks before you remove it from the grill to allow it to rest for 10 minutes before serving.

How long to cook lamb chops on the grill:

Since all lamb chops are of different sizes I find using a thermometer is the best way to get your lamb chops cooked to the temperature you prefer.  110° for rare, 130° for medium-rare or 150° for medium.

If you don’t have a thermometer you can use the following guidelines for timing on a 1 1/2″ lamb chop to achieve

  • Rare: use 3-4 minutes per side on the lower heat section of the grill and then 1 minute per side on the high heat area of the grill for searing.  
  • Medium-rare: 4 minutes medium heat, 1-2 mins sear
  • Medium: 5 minutes medium heat, 1-2 minute sear)
No Fail Grilled Lamb Chops a white serving platter with lemon slices and rosemary on a dining table

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Yield: 8

No Fail Grilled Lamb Chops

No Fail Grilled Lamb Chops are marinated in rosemary, garlic and citrus for a simple yet elegant meal for entertaining.  Ideal to serve at summer and fall gatherings.

No Fail Grilled Lamb Chops are marinated in rosemary, garlic and citrus for a simple yet elegant meal for entertaining.  Ideal to serve at summer and fall gatherings.

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes

Ingredients

  • 16 lamb loin chops
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 4 sprigs rosemary
  • 1 tablespoon lemon zest
  • 2 tablespoon lemon juice
  • salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

  1. In a plastic bag, place all ingredients but the lamb chops and salt and pepper.  Mix well.  Then add lamb chops and allow to marinate for 30 minutes up to 1 day.  If grilling later, keep chops in the fridge until 30 minutes before serving.  Allow to come to room temp before grilling.
  2. Prepare your grill with the 2 section cooking.  One part hot, one on medium to lower heat.  
  3. When the grill is ready, remove from the marinade and season with salt and pepper.  Then place chops onto the lower temp area of the grill.  You will use a thermometer to cook to the desired doneness.  (See Notes). Cook the chops turning once only until the chops are 15 ° before the desired doneness.  So if you are cooking to Medium Rare, you will cook them to 130° then move them to the hot area of the grill to give them the final sear mark.  About 1 1/2 minutes per side, but use your thermometer to guarantee no fail finished temperature.
  4. Once at desired temp, remove from grill and allow to rest 10 minutes for juices to settle back into the chops before serving.

Notes

lamb Doneness temperatures:

125 Rare

145 Medium Rare

155 Medium

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

8

Serving Size:

8 Servings

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 342Saturated Fat: 5gCholesterol: 149mgSodium: 154mgProtein: 47g

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