Lamb Chops with Garlic & Rosemary Recipe (Lamb Lollipops)

Lamb chops seared to perfection in a cast iron skillet and drizzled with garlic and rosemary-infused drippings.

Lamb Chops with Garlic & Rosemary Recipe (Lamb Lollipops)

I was never much of a fan of lamb growing up. It has a very particular taste and can sometimes taste gamey or musky. However, lamb chops or ‘lamb lollipops’, slightly charred on the grill have always been the exception. Now, you add fresh garlic and rosemary to that equation and you’ve taken it to yet another level.

The main advantage of cooking lamb chops in a skillet is you can cook with the garlic, rosemary, and butter without everything falling through the grill grates. It lets you cook/sear the lamb within the flavors, while also fortifying your food with some iron (which is a good thing). You’ll be amazed how much flavor you can add to meat during a short cook period.

How to Cook Lamb Chops

My Lamb chops recipe is very easy to make. I season both sides with plenty of salt pepper and then sear each side for about 5 minutes in a cast iron skillet on medium-high heat. This yields a perfectly juicy medium temp for lamb with a nicely seared exterior.

I like to save the butter, garlic cloves, and rosemary sprigs for the very end so it doesn’t burn. The trick is to create a garlic/butter/rosemary-infused sauce you can drizzle over the chops at the very end. It’s unreal.

Temperature For Lamb

Medium-rare lamb is served at around 120°F. Use a digital thermometer if you’re unsure. I personally like my lamb served medium.

DonenessTemperature Range
Rare115°F to 120°F
Medium rare125°F
Medium130°F
Medium well145°F
Well done150°F and above

Note: Searing lamb at high temps in a skillet tends to get smokey. Be prepared to use a vent fan or open a window.

Let Lamb Rest Before Serving

Like all red meat, lamb benefits from a 5-minute rest period before serving. This will continue to cook the lamb as well as allow the juices to redistribute throughout the meat, making for juicier bites.

What to Serve with Lamb Chops?

The sky is the limit here, but the group that instantly comes to mind is potatoes. Lamb is red meat, so anything that pairs well with a nice steak will most likely go with lamb. A few personal favs are cheesy rosemary mashed potatoes, roasted red potatoes, and bacon brussel sprouts. Savory, flavorful sides are the perfect complement to lamb.

Then again there is always mint jelly…but I still haven’t come to terms with that yet.

Lamb Chops with Garlic & Rosemary Recipe (Lamb Lollipops)
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Lamb Chops with Garlic & Rosemary Recipe (Lamb Lollipops)

  • Author: Shawn Williams
  • Prep Time: 10 mins
  • Cook Time: 10 mins
  • Total Time: 20 mins
  • Yield: 2 1x
  • Category: Dinner
  • Cuisine: French

Description

Lamb chops seared to perfection in a cast iron skillet and drizzled with garlic and rosemary-infused drippings.


Ingredients

Scale
  • 8 lamb chops (usually 1 inch thick)
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 whole garlic cloves, peeled
  • 23 sprigs of fresh rosemary
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

  1. Let lamb rest on the counter for 20 minutes prior to cooking. Season each side of lamb liberally with salt and pepper.
  2. Heat olive oil in a cast iron skillet on medium-high heat. Wait until the skillet is nice and warm. Sear for 4-5 minutes per side, for medium.
  3. In the last 2 minutes, add butter, garlic, and rosemary to the edge of the skillet. Briefly tilt the pan so the drippings, butter, herbs, and garlic can sizzle together. When the chops are done, spoon the butter/juices over the chops to flavorize. Remove from the pan and let rest for 5 minutes before serving.

Notes

Note: Searing lamb at high temps in a skillet tends to get smokey. Be prepared to use a vent fan or open a window.

Rare 115°F to 120°F
Medium rare 125°F
Medium 130°F
Medium well 145°F
Well done 150°F and above

Keywords: lamb lollipops, lamb chops