Garlic Butter Lamb Chops

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Pan-seared garlic butter lamb chops are a delicious and flavorful dish that is perfect for a special occasion or a weeknight dinner. The combination of tender lamb chops with a rich and savory garlic butter sauce is simply irresistible.

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Pan Seared Garlic Lamb Chops

Pan-seared garlic butter lamb chops are a classic dish that is popular all around the world. This recipe is simple, yet elegant, and can be prepared in just a few minutes, making it a great choice for a weeknight dinner or a special occasion. The lamb chops are seasoned with salt and pepper and then seared in a hot skillet until browned and cooked to your desired doneness. The garlic butter sauce adds a rich and savory flavor to the dish, making it truly irresistible.

To make pan-seared garlic butter lamb chops, start by heating a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the unsalted butter to the skillet and allow it to melt. Once the butter is melted, add the minced garlic and cook for a minute or two until it becomes fragrant. Next, add the lamb chops to the skillet and cook for 3-4 minutes per side, or until they are browned and cooked to your desired doneness.

Once the lamb chops are cooked, remove them from the skillet and allow them to rest for a few minutes before serving. This will allow the juices to redistribute and ensure that the meat is tender and juicy. You can sprinkle some fresh parsley over the lamb chops before serving for an extra touch of flavor.

Pan-seared garlic butter lamb chops are best served with your favorite side dishes such as roasted vegetables, mashed potatoes, or a simple salad. The rich and savory flavor of the garlic butter sauce pairs perfectly with the tender and juicy lamb chops, making this a dish that is sure to impress your guests. So next time you’re looking for a quick and easy recipe that is packed with flavor, give pan-seared garlic butter lamb chops a try!

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How to Make Garlic Lamb Chops

To make this recipe, you’ll need:

  • Lamb chops: The star ingredient in this dish, the lamb chops provide a rich, meaty flavor and a tender texture.
  • Italian herbs, fresh thyme and rosemary: The chopped fresh thyme, rosemary, and Italian herbs leave an earthy and herbaceous flavor to the dish that pairs well with the lamb.
  • Kosher salt: The kosher salt is used to season the lamb chops and enhance their flavor.
  • Black pepper: The freshly ground black pepper is used to add a subtle spiciness to the dish and balance the other flavors.
  • Unsalted butter: The unsalted butter is used to cook the lamb chops and create a rich and flavorful sauce.
  • Shallot: The finely chopped shallot adds a subtle onion flavor to the dish and helps to build the base of the sauce.
  • Garlic: The smashed garlic clove adds a strong and pungent garlic flavor to the dish that pairs well with the lamb.
  • Dry white wine or low-sodium chicken broth: The dry white wine or chicken broth is used to deglaze the pan and create a flavorful sauce.

Once you’ve gathered your ingredients, you will use the following process:

  1. Season the lamb chops with salt and pepper on both sides.
  2. In a large skillet over medium-high heat, melt the butter.
  3. Add the lamb chops to the skillet and cook for 3-4 minutes per side, or until browned and cooked to your desired doneness.
  4. Remove the lamb chops from the skillet and let them rest for 5 minutes before serving.
  5. Add the minced garlic and shallot to the skillet and cook for 1-2 minutes, or until fragrant.
  6. Add white wine or chicken stock to the skillet and scrape the pan to deglaze.
  7. Add Italian Seasonings and stir to combine, reduce until it becomes a thick sauce, pour it over your lamb chops.
  8. Optional: Sprinkle fresh parsley and herbs over the lamb chops before serving.
  9. Serve the garlic butter pan seared lamb chops with your favorite side dishes such as roasted vegetables, mashed potatoes, or a simple salad.
seared lamb chop on a white plate with a sprig of rosemary and sea salt flakes on top

Tips and Tricks For Perfect Lamb Chops & FAQs

Use high-quality lamb chops: Choose lamb chops that are fresh and of good quality. Look for chops that are pinkish-red in color with a small amount of white marbling.

Use unsalted butter: Using unsalted butter will allow you to control the amount of salt in the dish.

Let the lamb chops rest: Allowing the lamb chops to rest for a few minutes before serving will allow the juices to redistribute and ensure that the meat is tender and juicy.

Experiment with different herbs: You can add different herbs such as rosemary, thyme, or oregano to the skillet for extra flavor.

Adjust the seasoning to your taste: Taste the garlic butter mixture before adding the lamb chops and adjust the seasoning to your taste.

Pan-seared lamb chops: Preheat a skillet over medium-high heat until it’s hot. Season the lamb chops with salt and pepper and place them in the skillet. Cook for 3-4 minutes on each side for medium-rare, or 5-6 minutes on each side for medium. The internal temperature should be around 145°F (63°C) for medium-rare, or 160°F (71°C) for medium.

Grilled lamb chops: Preheat the grill to medium-high heat. Season the lamb chops with salt and pepper and place them on the grill. Cook for 3-4 minutes on each side for medium-rare, or 5-6 minutes on each side for medium. The internal temperature should be around 145°F (63°C) for medium-rare, or 160°F (71°C) for medium.

Roasted lamb chops: Preheat the oven to 400°F (200°C). Season the lamb chops with salt and pepper and place them on a roasting pan. Roast for 10-12 minutes for medium-rare, or 12-15 minutes for medium. The internal temperature should be around 145°F (63°C) for medium-rare, or 160°F (71°C) for medium.

Lamb cooking temperature:

  • Rare: 125°F (52°C) – The lamb chops will have a red center and be very tender.
  • Medium-rare: 135°F (57°C) – The lamb chops will have a pink center and be tender and juicy.
  • Medium: 145°F (63°C) – The lamb chops will have a slightly pink center and be juicy and flavorful.
  • Medium-well: 155°F (68°C) – The lamb chops will have a slight pink center and be less juicy and more firm.
  • Well-done: 165°F (74°C) – The lamb chops will be completely cooked through with no pink and be less tender and juicy.

It’s important to note that the USDA recommends cooking lamb to a minimum internal temperature of 145°F (63°C) for safety reasons. However, some people may prefer their lamb cooked to a different level of doneness, so it’s important to use a meat thermometer to ensure that the lamb is cooked to your preference.

FAQs

What cut of lamb is best for pan searing?

Lamb loin or rib chops are the best cuts for pan searing because they are tender and cook quickly.

Should I marinate the lamb chops before pan searing?

Marinating the lamb chops is optional but can add extra flavor to the dish. If you choose to marinate, do so for at least 30 minutes or up to overnight in the fridge.

How long should I cook lamb chops in the pan?

Cook lamb chops for 3-4 minutes per side for medium-rare or until the internal temperature reaches 145°F (63°C).

Can I use a different type of oil besides butter for pan searing?

Yes, you can use other types of oil such as olive oil or vegetable oil for pan searing.

How do I know when lamb chops are cooked properly?

Lamb chops should be cooked to an internal temperature of 145°F (63°C) for medium-rare, 160°F (71°C) for medium, and 170°F (77°C) for well done.

Can I season lamb chops with other spices besides salt and pepper?

Yes, you can season lamb chops with other spices such as garlic powder, cumin, or paprika to add extra flavor.

What can I serve with pan seared lamb chops?

Pan-seared lamb chops can be served with a variety of side dishes such as roasted vegetables, mashed potatoes, or a simple salad.

Can I make pan-seared lamb chops in advance?

It’s best to cook lamb chops fresh for the best flavor and texture. However, you can sear the lamb chops in advance and finish cooking them in the oven before serving.

seared lamb chop on a white plate with a sprig of rosemary and sea salt flakes on top

What to Serve With Garlic Butter Lamb Chops

Roasted Vegetables: Roasted vegetables, such as carrots, asparagus, broccoli, or Brussels sprouts, are a great side dish for lamb chops. The sweetness and nuttiness of the roasted vegetables complement the rich and savory flavor of the lamb. We also love this dish with Tahini Roasted Cauliflower!

Salad: A fresh salad with a light dressing can balance out the richness of the lamb chops. Try a simple green Greek salad with mixed greens, sliced cucumbers, and cherry tomatoes or our Salade de Chèvre Chaud for an easy but elegant salad everyone wants seconds of!

Potatoes: Potatoes are a classic side dish that go well with lamb chops. You can serve them mashed, roasted, or fried. Garlic mashed potatoes or crispy roasted potatoes are especially delicious with garlic butter lamb chops.

Rice or Couscous: A light and fluffy rice pilaf or couscous dish can also complement the flavors of the lamb chops. You can add herbs, spices, or vegetables to the rice or couscous for extra flavor.

Bread: A warm, crusty bread like no knead bread is always a good side dish for lamb chops. You can serve it with a side of garlic butter, bread dip, or olive oil for dipping.

We also love topping lamb with zhoug sauce – a spicy Israeli cilantro sauce that is crazy addictive – or topping with cool and creamy tzatziki, or even Tahini Sauce!

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Garlic Butter Lamb Chops

Delicious easy lamb chops pan seared to perfection with tons of garlic butter and fresh herb flavor!
Course Main Dishes
Cuisine Greek
Keyword easter, greek food, keto, lamb, lamb chop, main dish
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 6 chops
Calories 250kcal
Author Courtney O’Dell

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter divided
  • 6 lamb chops
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon fresh cracked black pepper
  • 1 shallot finely minced
  • 4-6 cloves garlic
  • 1 cup dry white wine or low-sodium chicken broth
  • 2 tablespoons Italian herbs
  • 1-2 sprigs each fresh thyme and rosemary

Instructions

  • Season the lamb chops with salt and pepper on both sides.
  • In a large skillet over medium-high heat, melt half the butter.
  • Add the lamb chops to the skillet and cook for 3-4 minutes per side, or until browned and cooked to your desired doneness.
  • Remove chops from pan and let rest on a wire rack.
  • As chops rest, add other half butter to pan and melt.
  • Add shallot and garlic and heat until fragrant, about 45 seconds.
  • Stir in wine to deglaze pan, stirring up browned bits of lamb. Add Italian herbs.
  • Bring sauce to boil and let reduce and thicken, about 2 minutes.
  • Drizzle sauce over lamb.
  • Optional: Sprinkle fresh parsley or sprigs of rosemary over the lamb chops before serving.
  • Serve the garlic butter pan seared lamb chops with your favorite side dishes such as roasted vegetables, mashed potatoes, or a simple salad.

Nutrition

Serving: 1g | Calories: 250kcal | Carbohydrates: 4g | Protein: 17g | Fat: 16g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 7g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 59mg | Sodium: 270mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g

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