Cast Iron Lamb Loin Chops with Cognac Butter Sauce Recipe

Cast Iron Lamb Loin Chops with Cognac Butter Sauce Recipe

Eat more lamb, the cows will thank you. Lamb loin chops with cognac butter sauce are the filet mignon of lamb. Really. The loin chop looks like miniature T-bone steak, containing a portion of the loin and tenderloin. The loin chop is the leanest and most tender cut of lamb, ideal for cooking quickly at high temperatures (in a cast iron skillet or grill) for a caramelized outside and pink inside.

This may sound weird (or normal), but I’m often not impressed with what I cook (Patty would probably argue with me on this one). Sure, I think what I make tastes good but I think it’s difficult to really appreciate your own cooking. I’m my own worst critic and a bit of a perfectionist.

Lamb loin chops with cognac butter was one of those particular recipes that really stood out and got the wow factor, even from me. And I’m not saying this to brag, I owe it all to Lamb Chop, the sock puppet this recipe. The flavor and tenderness compared to a nice tenderloin steak.

I think lamb tends to get a bad rap for it’s distinct musky taste and constant comparisons to beef. Here’s the thing though, lamb loin chops prepared medium rare in a cast iron skillet with cognac butter sauce is a delicious, melt in your mouth method to preparing lamb. I think I’d take it over a grilled NY strip steak. It’s much more flavorful and tender.

Cognac, butter, and garlic? Do I really need to say more? The best part is this simple ‘snazzy’ looking dish is on the plate in 15 minutes from start to finish. You can’t argue with an easy win.

Cast Iron Lamb Loin Chops with Cognac Butter Sauce Recipe

Cast Iron Lamb Loin Chops with Cognac Butter Sauce Recipe

Cast Iron Lamb Loin Chops with Cognac Butter Sauce Recipe

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Cast Iron Lamb Loin Chops with Herbs and Cognac Butter Sauce Recipe
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Serves: 2-4
  • 4 lamb loin chops
  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 teaspoons fresh oregano, finely chopped
  • 2 teaspoons fresh rosemary, chopped
  • 2-3 tablespoons butter
  • ¼ cup cognac or brandy
  • salt and pepper to taste
  1. Remove loin chops from the fridge 20-30 minutes before cooking. Season liberally with salt and pepper.
  2. In a large skillet, heat the olive oil on high until hot. Place the loin chops in the skillet and cook undisturbed for 3-4 minutes. It's important not to touch or adjust the lamb so the sides can sear up in the skillet. Flip and cook for an additional 3-4 minutes.
  3. Add the butter, cognac, garlic, and fresh herbs to the skillet and swirl/stir until fully melted. Simmer for an additional 1-2 minutes, occasionally turning the loin chops in order to soak up cognac butter sauce. For medium rare, the lamb is done. Sear for an additional minute for each level of doneness; about 3-4 minutes for medium/medium well.
  4. Remove from heat, place on plate and drizzle with Cognac butter sauce. Garnish with butter and fresh herbs if desired and serve.
Depending on size, this recipe will serve 2-4 people.

Adapted from The Hungry Mouse


  1. Your recipes are fantastic specially the cast iron lamb loin chops they were delicious

  2. Haven’t tried this one yet. Going to tonight. But I’m concerned about ruining some expensive lamb chops. How does the garlic not burn in 8 minutes at high heat?

    • Hi John,

      The olive oil should help with this. You can add a little extra if you’re worried about burning. I’ve never had an issue when cooking with lamb or steak. Hope this helps!

  3. Came out fantastic. I was surprised the garlic didn’t burn (it toasted but none got black, amazingly). I made it alongside a recipe I found on Pinterest (Moroccan veggies and chickpeas). Highly recommend this combo! Thank you!

  4. Burned the garlic all to hell. I would add it when you flip the chops, maybe. Or with the herbs to make the sauce. Definitely can’t cook it that long. Adding more oil just has the chops swimming in it and makes the sauce super oily. Blech.

    • Sorry about that Natalie – I’ve never had an issue with garlic burning. It may be better to add when you add the cognac- just to be safe. Thanks for feedback.

  5. This was lovely. I even sautéed some spinach in the cognac herb butter with chopped onions served with horseradish and chimichurri sauce. It was?

  6. I tried these last night and they were delicious ! I do not like lamb very much but my husband does on occasion so I thought I would give it a try. I loved them. My husband said dinner was like being in a restaurant only better !!
    This was my first recipe from your site I tried and I am looking forward to trying more. Thanks !!

  7. Sounds delicious. Hopefully I’m not setting myself up for a slew of hate mail. People that tell me that they don’t like lamb in 9/10 cases have only ever eaten New Zealand lamb. Canadian lamb has far and away a less “gamey” or “musky” flavour. (Can’t say I’ve tried US lamb myself.) New Zealand lamb flavour to me is cloying and overwhelms everything on the palate. Try local product, if you can’t do local as for Canadian. You will not regret it! (And no, I do not work for the Canadian government)

    • No hating here Scott. I’ve never heard of the difference to be honest but I’d be curious to try them both. I find the loin chops to be the most mild. Absolutely delicious – but I love all lamb.

  8. Wondering if I could just use chops like you use in the garlic rosemary recipe? Thoughts

  9. Holy lamb. That was the best meal I think I’ve ever cooked. I added fresh green beans when you add the brandy. I’ve never tasted something so juicy. Great recipe I recommend it to everyone

  10. Yum- I’ve made this several times & yes I’ve had issues with the garlic (sometimes) can’t tell you why it burns one time & not the next. Maybe on how dry the garlic is when chopped? Anyway, I now hold off on the garlic till the Brandy is introduced, no more black bits! I only do lamb two ways, this & a lamb stew created by my grandmother. I’m 70+ so that recipe goes back a bit. (I’m also cooking in her cast iron)

  11. I’m looking forward to trying this. Do I need to worry about any smoke or flames with oil and alcohol? New to cooking but found so many east but great recipes. Friends think I actually know what I’m doing lol

    • Right on, Andrew. You shouldn’t have to worry about flames for this one. Cast iron tends to smoke a little when cooking on high heat with olive oil so just monitor that. Otherwise you’re good to go.

  12. This looks so good, I want ti make this to make it this weekend. What would be a good cognac or brandy to use?

  13. So I attempted making this last night. I didn’t have any cognac or brandy in my liquor shelf, so I used Scotch whiskey instead and added a teaspoon of brown sugar to compensate for the sweetness you’d lose from cognac or brandy, and wow it came out great! Combined with the garlic and herbs, I found a new way to enjoy lamb.

  14. Slice the garlic instead of mincing, remove it from the oil and add back in to the recipe at the end of cooking. The oil will get the garlic flavor and your garlic won’t burn

  15. I followed the time instructions exactly and the chops ended up as little hockey pucks. The butter was burnt, the herbs were burnt. Tasted good but needed a chain saw to cut it. If I make them again I’ll turn down the heat after the initial sear.

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