Save yourself from going out and cook up these Greek Lamb Chops right at home!
Greek Lamb Chops
Dare I say just like a Greek restaurant or even better! Whether you decide to grill them or fry them in a cast iron skillet (or regular pan), these homemade Greek Lamb Chops have been a family favourite recipe of ours for so many years now. Handed to our family from a loving Greek family friend many MANY years ago, this is one of those recipes you crave time and time again.
Once you try these lamb chops, you will never look back! Or spend money any where else when you can save a buck and make them right at home.
How To Make Greek Lamb
Really, there are only four main ingredients to this recipe, aside form lamb, that I bet you have in your cupboards or refrigerators while you’re reading this post:
- Olive oil
- Lemon juice
And that’s it! The most incredible flavour combination to hit your lamb.
You can also use this recipe for lamb steaks, forequarter chops or loin chops instead of these cutlets. Loin and forequarter chops take a little longer to cook than the recommended time of 3-4 minutes per side. I usually lower the heat after searing them on both sides, cover with a lid and finish them off for a further 4 minutes until they’re done. You can also cook them a little longer for well done lamb and turn them every minute or so until they’re cooked to how you like them.
If using a meat thermometer, remove them as soon as they reach a temp of 60°C (135-145˚F) for Medium. For Well Done, remove them at 70°C or just over (160-165˚F).
We usually make a Greek feast at home when I make these, and serve them with this Avocado Greek Salad and these Crispy Greek Lemon Smashed Potatoes! You could also make these flatbreads!
Greek Lamb Chops!
Greek Lamb Chops
- 1/4 cup olive oil
- Juice of 1 lemon (about 1/4 cup lemon juice)
- 2 tsp dried oregano preferably Greek, or 1/2 cup chopped fresh
- 4 cloves garlic minced
- 1 tsp salt
- 1/2 tsp freshly ground black pepper
- 8 lamb chops
- 1 tbsp olive oil for cooking
- Using paper towels, pat dry chops and discard any shards or bone fragments.
- Mix all of the ingredients together in a small jug or bowl.
- Arrange lamb chops in a large baking dish or on a large plate, and pour the marinade all over the lamb, rubbing it into the meat. Cover with plastic wrap and marinate for half an hour, or for a deeper flavour, marinate overnight in the refrigerator, turning the chops from time to time (before cooking, let lamb chops sit at room temp 30 minutes).
- Heat oil in a pan (cast iron preferably or grill plates) over high heat until just starting to smoke. Fry or grill lamb in 2 batches for 3-4 minutes each side, depending on thickness until done to your liking. (Usually, at 3 minutes per side they are medium, and at 4 minutes they are medium-well.)
- Let rest for 5 minutes before serving.Sprinkle with a little extra dried oregano for added flavour and a little extra lemon juice (optional).
- For left over marinade: reduce heat down to medium-low leaving any leftover drippings in the pan. When pan has lowered in heat, pour in the leftover marinade along with 1 tablespoon of butter and 1/4 cup beef broth. Bring to a simmer and allow to cook for at least 5 minutes. Stir in a tablespoon of lemon juice and serve with the lamb.
Joey Macias says
Very delicious all I did different was take off the burner after 4 minutes each side and kept it covered for 10 min while I made rice I also sprinkled some rosemary on them and they tasted authentic
Fatemah Rajah says
Great recipe. Simple and tasty. So quick to make and cook. A new favourite
Kea Wes says
This were delicious and so easy! thank you!
This was the first time my husband and I made lamb chops – we used small, grass-fed chops. They were superb! We love your recipe. I do not subscribe to recipe sites but I am now subscribed to yours!
I can’t stress enough to anyone who makes this simple recipe that Greek Oregano makes all the difference! The flavor is bright and sunny which works with lemon! (Italian oregano is better with tomato sauces)
If your market doesn’t carry Greek oregano, it’s available online and you’ll use it on chicken, fish…so many dishes!
Amazing taste. I chose to marinate overnight. Then it was quick to cook
I’m eating this right now and I will never cook them any other way! So delicious and tender and the sauce is excellent on the asparagus, too!
For this recipe, can I marinate for an extra night? 48 hours? I can’t eat it tonight, was wondering will it still be okay after two nights with lemon?
I recently ended up searing after 48 hours (plans changed) and they came out wonderfully. Making them again tonight after overnight marinade, they are so good.
First time I will cook lamb, should I wash my lamb chops before marinating? I don’t like the smell of lamb but my son and grandsons like them.
NO MEL you do not need to wash the meat i personally love the smell love lamb, Tell your son and grandson that they should learn how to cook lamb if you dont like it , BUT I LOVE IT, Anyway mel i hope this message reaches you in the coming days
Made this recipe for first time this evening and hubby and I both loved it!! Made 8 lamb chops with herby mash potato, petit pois, sweet corn and a greek salad. Next time I’m making 16 lamb chops for 2! Delicious. Can’t wait to try your other recipes, they look yummy
Jenny W says
Really yummy lamb chops. Tasty and quick. Thanks so much.
this website is full of amazing dishes that never fail to disappoint! made this along with the greek yogurt flatbreads linked and it was so good!!! very simple ingredients that work together beautifully, and the garlicky flatbread is perfect to mop up the lemony juices. every bite had me swooning. will definitely be making many times again <3
I made this dish today and the chops were super delicious! Thank you for the wonderful recipe.
Deana Connelly says
My husband usually takes care of cooking lamb whenever we have it. At almost 46 years old, I took care of it for the first time using this recipe. It was a huge success! I only marinated for about an hour, then cooked them on the bbq. I can only imagine them being better if I’d let them sit longer.
Anita Burbank says
I love Lamb, I wish I could afford it. My daughter bought it for me because she had heard me mentioned that I had gotten to try it once, I had a gyro & loved it. I can’t wait to try this recipe. I just made the authentic shepherd’s pie, I was very pleased with that recipe.
shawna Cean says
I made this for my hubby today paired with sauteed spinach and greek salad. Needless to say he was beyond happy. Thank you!
Sandra P says
Made this 3 times. Best lamb chops I ever had. So easy to make. So full of flavor.
Hi we are from Namibia Southern Africa and we tried your recipe. In Afrikaans we say. Vinger lek lekker. It means finger leaking good. Its was the best.
Made these chops tonight. Delish! So reminded me of holidays in Lindos, Corfu, Crete, Symi…even the kitchen has the aroma of a Greek taverna. Perfection on a plate and no fussy prep. Thank you!
The marinade was lovely. I forgot to add the salt and pepper but we just used that seasoning afterwards as needed on the lamb. Delicious!! Will use again. I think it will also work nice with beef!!
Yes it will! Thanks for your feedback Debbie!
Uncomplicated recipe that tastes excellent. It was a hit with my guests. First time using the site but will likely be back.
If the lamb chops are really small, how would I change the heat or time?
Keep the heat the same and lower the time by about 10-15 minutes depending on how small.
I tried your lamb chops recipe, it was excellent! The chops were juicy, tender and full of flavor. I paired them with diced boiled potatoes mixed with melted butter, salt, parsley and lemon pepper seasoning. Unfortunately I live in an area where Greek food is not popular.
That is awesome you tried it! Thank you for letting me know! I am so glad that you enjoyed it!
These were the best lambchops I’ve ever had! I gnawed them to the bone they were so delicious! Thank you for sharing this!
Made this tonight and it was excellent. The optional marinate was a delicious and pleasant surprise. I will definitely make this again.
Next time I will cook at a lower setting as the cast iron fry pan holds the heat a little to well.
Thank you for sharing.
Awesome recipes, the pictures are superb. I love this website!!!!!!
Please keep on posting more recipes and more power to you!
AWE! Thanks so much! Thanks for following along with me! I really appreciate it and your sweet comments!
Phyllis A Bradley says
I love lamb chops but I don’t like mint jelly. I had chops once that was served with a citrus jelly type addition, do you have any idea what it could have been, thanks…
These lamb chops looks amazing. I wish I had some exactly like these.