I was given a superb introduction on how to cook lamb loin chops this past Friday in late March. What a way to start off a spring weekend. My husband purchased lamb meat from a reputable meat dealer on Thursday and we enjoyed every last one of them on Friday evening.
Our fabulous lamb dinner
Usually, when we have dinner, it is mainly about our conversation. The food was so tasty and delicious that the focus was on consuming the lamb chops grilled to a perfect medium-rare temperature. I’ve had lamb burgers but the flavor in a lamb chop is so much fuller and the juices from the grilled meat permeate your taste buds to the point where you want more. The potatoes were a nice complement to the marinated lamb chops. The meal was a gift. Now I understood my husband’s love for lamb loin chops.
Marinade recipe for lamb chops
He used a lamb marinade consisting of cilantro, mint, thyme, garlic, and olive oil. The lamb chop marinade was left on for 24 hrs. I was anticipating a romantic dinner all day on Friday. Lamb chops grilled are amazing! It’s like the Mediterranean food equivalency to a juicy, tender steak.
Side items that go well with lamb
Our lamb meat was served with pan-fried red potatoes coated in garlic, salt, pepper, and olive oil. Other side foods that will go well with your lamb include asparagus, green beans, mashed potatoes, side salad, peas, and carrots to name a few.
What is the minimum cooking temperature for lamb
Most lamb is cooked on the rarer side of the equation. For instance, these lamb chops were cooked to medium rare or 145 degrees but the minimum temperature for ground lamb should be equal to or greater than 160 degrees. Luckily, this recipe for lamb chops only takes about 4 minutes per side on high heat.
I have to admit that this is one of the most flavorful dinner experiences. Before today, I had no idea how to cook lamb loin chops, let alone know how succulent they were. There is so much flavor packed into this recipe for lamb chops. I can’t believe it took me this long to experience this wonderful dish. So grab a glass of your favorite Merlot and the company of the one you love. In this case, I’m so thankful he can cook.
Recipe for lamb chops with cilantro thyme mint marinade
- 7 lamb chops
- 1/4 cup mint
- 1/4 cup clilantro
- 1.5 tbsp rosemary
- 1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
- 3 cloves garlic
- 2 tsp thyme
- Combine olive oil, garlic, rosemary, thyme, cilantro and mint into a food processor and pulse to blend.
- Rub the mixture on both sides of each lamb chop.
- Place lamb chops in a covered tray.
- Let the lamb chops marinade for 24 hours.
- Pre-heat grill or skillet on high heat.
- Cook each side for 4 minutes for a medium-rare.
- Increase grill time for desired doneness.
- Let the meat rest for 5 minutes before serving.