Cooking Tender and Flavorful Lamb Chops

 Lamb Chops pic
Lamb Chops

Shelly Grant serves as a representative with the Principal Financial Group. An avid cook in her free time, Shelly Grant particularly enjoys preparing lamb chops.

The ideal lamb chop is crisp on the outside, tender and juicy on the inside, and enriched with a little bit of soft fat. One can achieve this delicate balance using oven, stovetop, or grill techniques, so long as the cut of meat is of high quality. Experts recommend a thick cut of 1.25 inches to 1.4 inches per chop, preferably taken from the loin or rib area.

Many cooks like to begin by cutting off hard fat around the edge of the chops, though it is important not to remove the internal fat deposits. These keep the cut from becoming too chewy after cooking. Texture and flavor also improve if the cook salts the pork chops approximately 20 minutes before cooking, as this helps to break down the meat proteins so that they re-absorb released moisture.

Some believe that roasting before searing helps to ensure an even rare-to-medium cook. On the grill, this means splitting the grill into low and high heat zones and starting the chops on a cooler temperature before moving them to the hotter area.

Other cooks prefer to sear the chops on the stove top first. They can then finish the cuts on the stove for a rarer finish or move them to the oven for a more medium-rare result. The chops are then ready to serve, often with a mint sauce or mint jelly to finish.


Three Tips for Cooking Perfect Lamb Chops

Lamb Chops
Lamb Chops

A financial professional, Shelly Grant dedicates her days to serving clients at Principal Financial Group. In her spare time, Shelly Grant enjoys cooking and prefers preparing lamb chops.

When cooking lamb chops, keep the following in mind.

Resting. Prior to going in the oven, lamb chops should rest at room temperature for a minimum of one hour for optimal results. After cooking, the chops can be left in an oven set to low to keep warm until you are ready to serve.

Pan Size. Achieve delicious browning by selecting a pan large enough to cook the chops. For four lamb chops, an 11-inch frying pan is suitable. This ensures no crowding occurs, which is a key component for browning.

Cook Time. On medium-high heat, lamb chops take approximately seven minutes to cook on the first side. Pressing them gently into the pan with a pair of tongs helps to evenly brown the meat. Then, flip the meat and repeat the process for an additional three to five minutes, depending on the size of your chops and the temperature preferred.