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How to cook Lamb Chops at Home How to cook Lamb Chops at Home

How to cook Lamb Chops at Home

Chop to it with quick and easy lamb chops, ready in a jiffy. The most popular lamb chop in the UK is the Loin Chop, which comes from the saddle (not for riding) area of the Lamb. It’s great for mid-week suppers and needs very little cooking time. Feeling extra hungry?  Try Barnsley Chops, which are twice the size of a standard loin chop. Discover various cooking methods and styles for whichever chop you choose.

What can you cook with different Lamb Chops?

  • Stews or Slow-cooked dishes
  • Grilled dishes
  • Oven roasted
  • Pan-fried dishes

How long to cook your lamb chops (100 grams)

Method Time (total) Doneness / Internal Temp
Grilling 6 mins Medium rare - 60° C
Grilling 8 mins Well done - 70° C
Pan-fry 6 mins Medium rare - 60° C
Pan-fry 8 mins Well done - 70° C
Slow cooker 4-6 hours Pull-apart
Oven 6 mins Medium rare - 60° C
Oven 8 mins Well done - 70° C
BBQ 6 mins Medium rare - 60° C
BBQ 8 mins Well done - 70° C

How to cook lamb chops

How to grill lamb chops

  1. Bring your lamb chops to room temperature before cooking (this helps the meat cook more evenly) and preheat your grill – the hotter the better.
  2. Season your lamb chops – humble salt and pepper works great, but if you’re feeling adventurous then try a spice rub, or even marinade them in your chosen marinade for a few hours before.
  3. Place your lamb chops on your grill rack and put under the grill. If your grill has several rack heights, then use the one closest to the grill itself.
  4. Cook your lamb chops for 3-4 minutes, before removing the grill rack, turning the chops over, and replacing under the grill for a further 3-4 minutes, or until your preferred doneness (see our cooking table above for more information).

How to pan-fry lamb chops

  1. Bring your lamb chops to room temperature before cooking (this helps the meat cook more evenly) and season with salt and pepper, or your chosen herb and spice mix.
  2. Preheat your frying pan on medium-high for 2 minutes and add your oil/cooking spray (a few squirts, or 1 teaspoon of oil per chop is plenty).
  3. Place your lamb chops in the pan, making sure not to overcrowd it and cook for 3-4 minutes before turning, and cooking for a further 3-4 minutes, or until your preferred doneness (see our cooking table above for more information).

How to cook lamb chops in a slow cooker

  1. Bring your lamb chops to room temperature before cooking (this helps the meat cook more evenly) and season with salt and pepper, or your chosen spice mix.
  2. Add your choice of chopped vegetables to the bottom of the slow cooker. Onions, Carrots, or other root vegetables work really well here.
  3. Add your seasoned chops to the slow cooker, then cover with your chosen liquid. Vegetable stock, beef stock, or lamb stock work well, as do dark ale or red wine.
  4. Turn on the slow cooker to the appropriate setting and cook for 4-6 hours, or until you can pull the lamb chops apart with a fork.

How to cook lamb chops in the oven

  1. Bring your lamb chops to room temperature before cooking (this helps the meat cook more evenly) and season with salt and pepper, or your chosen herb/spice mix.
  2. Preheat your oven to 180 degrees Celsius, or 350 degrees Fahrenheit and prepare a suitably-sized baking tray (make sure to use a tray with sides to prevent any escaping fat).
  3. Transfer your seasoned lamb chops to your baking tray and place in the oven, cooking for 10 minutes each side.
  4. Rest your lamb chops for 5 minutes before serving.

How to BBQ lamb chops

  1. Bring your lamb chops to room temperature before cooking (this helps the meat cook more evenly) and season with salt and pepper, or your chosen herb/spice mix. When barbecuing lamb, you may also want to consider marinating the meat – garlic, thyme and olive oil works very well, as does BBQ sauce.
  2. Prepare your barbeque and ensure that your charcoal is white and at optimum cooking heat.
  3. Using tongs (watch your hands), transfer your seasoned or marinated lamb chops to a medium-hot spot on the grill. Depending on the heat of your barbeque, your lamb chops should take 3-4 minutes per side to cook. If the lamb chops are cooking too quickly or burning, move them to a cooler side of the grill.

Recipes for cooking with Lamb Chops

Grilled Lamb Chops with Chimichurri Salsa

Spicy Lamb Chops with Avocado and Olive Salsa Recipe

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