Garlic and Herb Crusted Lamb Chops Recipe
- 2 lbs lamb rib chops 8 count, cut from a rack of Frenched lamb ribs
- 5 plump garlic cloves pressed
- 4 Tbsp olive oil divided
- 2 Tbsp fresh parsley plus more for garnish (or use 2 tsp dried parsley)
- 2 tsp Tabasco original red pepper sauce
- 1 tsp salt we used sea salt
- 1 tsp black pepper freshly ground
- 1/4 tsp dried thyme
For the Sauce:
- 1/2 cup chicken or beef stock
- 2 Tbsp unsalted butter softened
How to Make Lamb Chops with Garlic Butter Sauce:
Thoroughly pat lamb chops dry with paper towels, wiping away any possible bone fragments or shards. Slice between ribs to separate chops, cutting into 3/4" or 1" thick even portions.
Stir together marinade ingredients in a measuring cup: 5 pressed garlic cloves, 3 Tbsp olive oil, 2 Tbsp parsley, 2 tsp Tabasco, 1 tsp salt, 1 tsp pepper and 1/4 tsp thyme.
Place lamb chops in a non-metal casserole dish, pour over marinade and rub all sides of lamb chops (focusing on meaty portions) with marinade. Cover and refrigerate 6 to 18 hours.
Before cooking, let lamb chops sit at room temp 30 min. Heat large heavy pan (we prefer cast iron) over high heat. Add 1 Tbsp oil to the hot pan and once oil is hot, add lamb chops and sear for 3-4 minutes per side, depending on thickness of chops and desired doneness keep in mind temp rises 5 degrees as it rests (see notes). At 3 min per side, lamb will be medium doneness and at 4 min per side, lamb will be medium-well to well done. If your pan isn't large enough to accommodate all lamb chops, sear in 2 separate pans.
To make pan sauce,
Spoon out excess oil from the pan (leave in 1 to 2 Tbsp oil), being careful not to remove the drippings and flavorings.
Add 1/2 cup stock and simmer 2 min. Turn off heat then swirl in 2 Tbsp softened butter, 1 tablespoon at a time. Spoon sauce over lamb chops and garnish with more parsley if desired.
Lamb Chop Cooking Temperature Guide:
Remove at 125˚F for Rare to get ideal temp of 130˚F.
Remove at 130˚F for Medium Rare to get ideal temp of 135˚F
Remove at 140˚F for Medium to get ideal temp of 145˚F
Remove at 155˚F for Medium-Well to get ideal temp of 160˚F
Remove at 160˚F for Well Done ideal temp of 165˚F
Note: The USDA recommends safe cooking temp of 145˚F. Lamb is best cooked to medium.