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Greek-Style Lamb Chops Recipe

herby lamb chops on white plate
herby lamb chops on white plate - Deniz Vergara/Daily Meal

Cooking lamb chops might be intimidating for less-experienced cooks, but there's nothing complicated about this delicious, Greek-style lamb chop recipe. Courtesy of Daily Meal recipe developer Deniz Vergara, this dish is packed with a savory taste thanks to the delicious marinade. "My favorite part about this recipe is the flavor," Vergara says, adding, "I love pairing Greek or Mediterranean spices and flavors with lamb." The ingredient list is nice and short, and chances are that you have most of the items on hand already.

If you're not accustomed to eating meat on the bone, Vergara raves, "I just love the bone-in lamb rib chops. They are tender and juicy and they cook really quickly." That's all the praise we need to get on board with this lamb chop recipe. It's easy to make, delicious, and an excellent accompaniment for dozens of side dishes -- this is an obvious addition to our weekly menu.

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Gather The Ingredients For This Greek-Style Lamb Chops Recipe

Greek-style lamb chop ingredients on marble counterop
Greek-style lamb chop ingredients on marble counterop - Deniz Vergara/Daily Meal

For these Greek-style lamb chops, you'll need extra virgin olive oil, lemon zest, freshly squeezed lemon juice, minced garlic cloves, Kosher salt, ground black pepper, dried oregano, and bone-in lamb rib chops. If desired, chop fresh parsley leaves and cut lemon wedges for serving.

Step 1: Make The Marinade

meat marinade in bowl next to oregano and raw meat
meat marinade in bowl next to oregano and raw meat - Deniz Vergara/Daily Meal

In a small bowl, whisk together 2 tablespoons of the olive oil with the lemon zest, lemon juice, garlic, salt, and pepper.

Step 2: Add Oregano

rubber spatula stirring oregano into meat marinade
rubber spatula stirring oregano into meat marinade - Deniz Vergara/Daily Meal

Mix in the oregano.

Step 3: Combine Meat And Marinade

lamb chops with Greek marinade in styrofoam tray
lamb chops with Greek marinade in styrofoam tray - Deniz Vergara/Daily Meal

Place the lamb chops in a baking dish, or leave them in the package they came in, and pour the marinade over the lamb chops, rubbing the marinade into both sides of the meat.

Step 4: Marinate The Meat

Hands holding plastic wrapped meat in marinade
Hands holding plastic wrapped meat in marinade - Deniz Vergara/Daily Meal

Cover with plastic wrap and marinate for 30 minutes at room temperature or overnight in the refrigerator. If you marinate overnight, allow the lamb chops to sit at room temperature for about 20–30 minutes prior to cooking.

Step 5: Heat The Pan

cast iron pan on stove
cast iron pan on stove - Deniz Vergara/Daily Meal

Heat an oiled cast-iron pan over high heat until it just starts to smoke.

Step 6: Cook The Chops

lamb chops cooking in cast iron pan
lamb chops cooking in cast iron pan - Deniz Vergara/Daily Meal

Add 1 tablespoon olive oil, then add lamb chops in batches to avoid overcrowding and cook for 2-4 minutes on each side, depending on thickness and your preference.

Step 7: Garnish

lamb chops on plate with lemon and parsley garnish
lamb chops on plate with lemon and parsley garnish - Deniz Vergara/Daily Meal

Let the lamb chops rest for 5 minutes, then garnish with a pinch more dried oregano, chopped parsley, and lemon wedges, if desired.

Step 8: Serve

lamb chops with herbs on white plate
lamb chops with herbs on white plate - Deniz Vergara/Daily Meal

Serve hot with your choice of sides.

What Should You Serve With Greek-Style Lamb Chops?

close up lamb chop
close up lamb chop - Deniz Vergara/Daily Meal

These Greek-style lamb chops boast delightful Mediterranean flavors thanks to the notes of lemon, garlic, and herbs. Consequently, they make a pretty versatile pairing that works equally well when served with a side dish or as part of a buffet with assorted options. Vergara says, "I like to serve the lamb chops with a Greek Salad and roasted potatoes tossed with lemon zest, garlic, parsley, and crumbled feta cheese." This combination rounds out the profile of the meat with a blend of tangy and herbaceous flavors.

Alternatively, these chops could even work well with mashed potatoes if you want to take the dish firmly into comfort food territory. Wild rice would add a nutty and earthy element to this meaty main, or you could keep things on the lighter side by serving the lamb chops with a leafy green salad dressed with a citrusy vinaigrette.

What Can You Do With Leftover Greek-Style Lamb Chops?

Lamb chops on white plate with lemon slice
Lamb chops on white plate with lemon slice - Deniz Vergara/Daily Meal

Ideally, you'll only want to cook the amount of meat you plan on eating, but it's natural to end up with extras. "If you anticipate having leftovers, I would recommend cooking those chops a little less, that way when you reheat them they aren't over-cooked," Vergara says. She instructs that once you finish your meal, "You can store any leftovers in an airtight container in the fridge for a few days."

The next time, you don't have to serve the lamb chops in the same way as when you first prepared the meal. "I have cut the meat off the bone, sautéed it in a little butter, and made gyro-ish sandwiches stuffed into warm naan with tzatziki, chopped romaine, diced tomatoes, and pickled red onions," Vergara says. With that in mind, we might just prep more chops than needed so that we can whip up this tasty dish with leftovers.

Greek-Style Lamb Chops Recipe

Greek-style lamb chops
Greek-style lamb chops - Deniz Vergara/Daily Meal

Prep Time: 35mCook Time: 8mYield: 4 Lamb chopsIngredients

  • 2 + 1 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil, divided

  • Zest from ½ a lemon

  • 1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lemon juice (from ½ lemon)

  • 3 cloves garlic, minced

  • ½ teaspoon Kosher salt

  • ¼ teaspoon ground black pepper

  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano

  • 4 bone-in lamb rib chops (about 1 pound)

Optional Ingredients

  • Chopped parsley

  • Lemon wedges

Directions

  1. In a small bowl, whisk together 2 tablespoons of the olive oil with the lemon zest, lemon juice, garlic, salt, and pepper.

  2. Mix in the oregano.

  3. Place the lamb chops in a baking dish, or leave them in the package they came in, and pour the marinade over the lamb chops, rubbing the marinade into both sides of the meat.

  4. Cover with plastic wrap and marinate for 30 minutes at room temperature or overnight in the refrigerator. If you marinate overnight, allow the lamb chops to sit at room temperature for about 20–30 minutes prior to cooking.

  5. Heat an oiled cast-iron pan over high heat until it just starts to smoke.

  6. Add 1 tablespoon olive oil, then add lamb chops in batches to avoid overcrowding and cook for 2-4 minutes on each side, depending on thickness and your preference.

  7. Let the lamb chops rest for 5 minutes, then garnish with a pinch more dried oregano, chopped parsley, and lemon wedges, if desired.

  8. Serve hot with your choice of sides.

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