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Easy Lamb Chops Recipe for the Oven


Have you ever made lamb chops before? Whether you’re a lamb newbie, or you and lamb go way back, I promise that tender, flavorful lamb chops don’t get any easier than these lamb loin chops marinated in rosemary, garlic, and lemon juice, then roasted in the oven, for an easy lamb chops recipe that cooks in about 15 minutes.

Easy Lamb Chops Recipe


Child stirring marinade for easy lamb chops recipe

Lamb is one of the most flavorful meats out there, but sadly, its typically higher price can intimidate people out of trying it.

  • Tip for buying lamb: I love getting lamb chops from grocery stores or markets that cater to Middle Eastern populations. They have such a high demand for lamb that they often sell it for quite a bit cheaper.

But whether you buy lamb in a regular grocery store, or an ethnic market, you’re going to want to cook it perfectly, and this easy lamb chops recipe will take all the guesswork out.


Stirring Lamb Loin Chops Recipe Marinade

Lamb loin chops are a very tender cut of lamb, and are also less expensive than rack of lamb. We like to marinade our lamb chops overnight for extra flavor.

Corban, our three year old, had a great time mixing the marinade. This was his first time helping me marinate meat!

We used fresh rosemary, since we grow it in our garden, and dried thyme. But you can use fresh or dried for both of them.

Lamb Chops Marinade in Bag

I put the lamb chops in a bag, then had Corban hold it open while I poured in the marinade he measured and mixed.

Child Marinating Lamb Chops

Once the bag was sealed, Corban had a great time squishing the bag to make sure every inch of lamb was covered in the marinade. I love those chubby preschooler fingers!

Part of what makes this such an easy lamb chops recipe is that it requires very little work on your part. The marinade does most of the work for you! We let ours marinate about 4 hours, but you can let the lamb chops marinate in the fridge anywhere from an hour to overnight.

How to Cook Lamb Chops

The next step is to roast the lamb chops in the oven. I like to broil mine so that the high heat gives them a nice sear, but they’re still tender and juicy inside.

About 5 minutes on each side, with the rack just under the broiler, gives you gorgeous, easy lamb chops.

I used a professional stainless steel fry pan, but any heavy duty oven safe skillet will work. I will link to a few more frying pan options below, just before the recipe.

Baked Lamb Chops

Now you have tender, perfectly cooked, flavorful lamb chops that took very little hands on time.

Make sure to leave a comment and rating if you gave this recipe a try. We always love your feedback!

Easy Lamb Chops in Oven Recipe


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Yield: 4 servings

Easy Lamb Chops Recipe

Easy Lamb Chops Recipe

Tender, flavorful lamb chops don't get any easier than these lamb loin chops marinated in herbs, garlic, and lemon juice, then roasted in the oven, for an easy lamb chops recipe that cooks in about 15 minutes. Feel free to use fresh or dried herbs for this recipe. Add at least 1 hour and 20 minutes to the prep time to include time to marinate in the fridge and then come to room temperature. (Recipe adapted with permission from Food.com)

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes


  • 1/4 cup lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 teaspoons finely chopped garlic, about 4 cloves
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 teaspoon rosemary leaves
  • 1/2 teaspoon thyme leaves
  • 1 dash cayenne pepper
  • 4 inch lamb loin chops, about 3/4-1 thick


  1. Mix ingredients, except for lamb, in a bowl.
  2. Place the chops in a zip top bag and pour ingredients over chops. Seal the bag, after squeezing the air out, and squish the bag around to get the chops well covered on both sides.
  3. Let marinate in the fridge overnight. The longer the better, but give them at least one hour.
  4. Remove the chops and let them come to room temperature (approximately 20 minutes) before cooking.
  5. While the chops sit out, move an oven rack to the top position beneath the broiler, and preheat the oven on broil.
  6. Place the chops (with the marinade) in a single layer in an oven proof skillet, and place the skillet in the oven directly beneath the broiler.
  7. Broil for 5-8 minutes on each side, using tongs to flip the chops, until they are seared on the outside and register around 145 degrees with a meat thermometer.
  8. Drizzle with the pan juices before serving.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:

4 servings

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 286Saturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 92mgSodium: 651.13mgCarbohydrates: 1.99gFiber: 0.16gSugar: 0.37gProtein: 30.27g


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28 thoughts on “Easy Lamb Chops Recipe for the Oven”

  1. I tried this recipe today. It was my very first time cooking lamb . It was absolutely delicious ! I can’t get over how amazing that marinade was – and so simple to prep. I served the lamb chops with white basmati rice and some stir fried zucchini. Thank you so much for this outstanding recipe !

  2. I adore this recipe. I’ve made it time and time again for my husband. It’s his favorite. I’m planning on making it tomorrow, but at the store today we could only find the larger lamb shoulder chops. Will that cut of meat make any difference in how the recipe is done, especially the bake time?

  3. I have all the ingredients on hand, so am making this today using my trusty cast iron skillet. I will heat the pan in the oven while waiting for the broiler to come to temp. BTW, I use my cast iron for everything — eggs, roasts, stir frying, baking, et al.

  4. Had some lamb shoulder chops but no idea what to do with them. What a hit! Super easy to make and absolutely delicious. Definitely adding this to our menu at home.

  5. The recipe was perfect for me. Simple , quick, and delicious . I love lamb and I made a great meal. My side was parsley potatoes, salad and broiled lamb chops Thanks

  6. The recipe was great! My lamb came out really tender. But the lemon juice kind of over threw everything else for me. I don’t know if I left it in the marinade too long (as I’ve never marinated my meats before) or if I just need to cut back on the lemon juice to suit my personal tastes. If you have any suggestions I’d appreciate it! Thank you!

  7. Needed a change up from my normal grilling methods… this was fantastic. I usually use a balsamic based marinade but did the lemon juice and added a little Dijon. Cooked it under the broiler and it was perfect. Highly recommend and will use going forward… Thanks!

  8. I had never prepared lamb chops before – they were outstanding! I marinated for about 4 hours, and the meat came out flavorful and so tender. Thank you for an easy and delicious recipe!

  9. I used the marinade for this recipe (cut down a tad for two chops).My broiler is messed up, so I had to bake them. I first put in a rice and sauce packet, with some chopped up carrots, and used veggie broth instead of water. Placed the chops on top, added all of the marinade, and baked at 350′ for almost 40 minutes. It was perfect!

  10. First time cooking lamb chops as I tend to shy away from the unfamiliar.
    This is defo a keeper! Very tasty sauce and marinade. Thanks for sharing!

  11. I love making this on the grill. I preheat the grill to 400 degrees, and the put them on for 4 – 5 minutes per side depending on size of the chop. WONDERFUL! and DELICIOUS! and really easy. Use fresh garlic and lemon.


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