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Grilled Lollipop Lamb Chops – Mediterranean Style

Grilled Lollipop Lamb Chops – Mediterranean Style

During the summer months we do a lot of grilling and lollipop lamb chops are one of our favorite meats to prepare on the grill. These incredibly tasty Grilled Lollipop Lamb Chops make an impressive appetizer or a scrumptious dinner when served alongside Grilled Eggplant, Italian Green Bean Salad with Potatoes or Tomato and Cucumber Salad.

Lollipop lamb chops on a sliver platter with mint leaves.


Our family has been making these Grilled Lollipop Lamb Chops, for years. This Mediterranean style marinade is simple, very tasty, and really compliments the flavor of the lamb. This recipe is actually how my father grilled lamb chops years ago. He made a marinade of lemon, mint, oregano and garlic and he would use a few branches of mint leaves to brush it on the chops while they were cooking. These lamb chops were incredibly tasty, moist, and tender.

What cut of meat is a lollipop lamb chop?

A raw rack of lamb on a white plate.

Lollipop lamb chops are a single rib chop off a rack of lamb. They are called “lollipops” because they resemble a lollipop with the round nub of tender meat on the top and the long bone on the bottom that you can use as a handle to to hold the chop.

What is the best way to prepare lamb chops?

Because lamb chops are much smaller than beef or pork chops, they will cook much faster. Typically, it is best to season them and sear them over high heat. I find that a cooking them in a cast iron pan or a grill is the best way to draw out the most flavor from this cut of meat while giving it a good sear to hold in the juices.

Ingredients you will need:

Grilled lollipop lamb chops ingredients.

Rack of Lamb: A rack of lamb usually comes with 8 ribs chops on it. To make the lollipops cut between the ribs with a sharp knife.
Lemon juice: I like the flavor of fresh squeezed lemons in this dish.
Mint, Parsley, and Oregano: In this recipe we always use fresh Mint and parsley and dried Oregano. If you want to swap out dried herbs for the fresh herbs, just make sure to cut the amount you use in half.
Garlic: Two to three cloves gives a nice flavor but if you love garlic go ahead and use a little more, it won’t hurt!
Olive Oil, salt, and pepper.

How you make these lamb chops

Process pictures for making grilled lollipop lamb chops.

This is as easy as one, two, three!

  1. Combine all the ingredients, except the lamb in a medium bowl.
  2. Lay the lamb chops out in a glass or plastic dish and pour the marinade on top. Let the chops marinade in the refrigerator for at least two hours and up to 4 hours.
  3. Grill for 5 minutes per side for medium. Watch the chops carefully while cooking as they may flare up.
  4. Don’t forget to let the lamb rest for a few minutes so that the juices have time to redistribute. Then go ahead and enjoy your finger licking good lamb chops!
A pile of grilled lamb rib chops.

What to serve with Lollipop Lamb Chops:

Lamb is really very versatile and it can be enjoyed any time of year. It is perfect for a summer barbecue paired with a citrusy Sicilian Fennel and Orange Salad or a refreshing Watermelon, Tomato Salad with Balsamic and Feta. These lambchops are also delicious when served with Easy to Make Rosemary Sweet Potatoes or Simple Italian Scalloped Potatoes for a dinner worthy of a special occasion.

FAQ’s

What temperature should you cook Lamb to?

If you want to really enjoy your lamb it is important to cook it to the right temperature. Use a digital meat thermometer for best results. Here is a guide to help you:
Rare: 120°
Medium Rare: 125°
Medium: 135°
Medium Well: 145°
Well done: 150°
Let the lamb rest for 5 minutes or so when you take it off the grill. Keep in mind that meat will continue to cook once you remove if from the heat. You can count on the final temperature to be about 5° higher after the resting period. I would not recommend going above 150° or the lamb may be dry.

How many lollipop lamb chops make a serving?

If you are serving these little gems as an appetizer, two per person is the ideal number. If this is a main course, three or four chops per person would be a nice portion.

A platter of lamb rib chops with mint leaves .

Additional grilling recipes to try:

Garlic and Herb Grilled Shrimp with Honey

Lemon Garlic Herb Chicken Marinade

Grilled lollipop lamb chops on silver platter.

Grilled Lollipop Lamb Chops – Mediterranean Style

These incredibly tasty Grilled Lollipop Lamb chops make an impressive appetizer or a scrumptious summer dinner.
5 from 4 votes
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Marinade 2 hrs
Total Time 2 hrs 20 mins
Course Appetizer, Main Course
Cuisine Greek, Italian
Servings 8 pieces
Calories 432 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 2 lbs Rack of Lamb
  • ½ cup Olive oil
  • ¼ cup Lemon juice
  • 2-3 cloves Garlic minced
  • 1 tsp Oregano dried
  • 2 tbsp Mint leaves fresh, chopped
  • 2 tbsp Parsley fresh, chopped
  • 1 tsp salt
  • ¼ tsp Black pepper ground

Instructions
 

  • Cut the rack of lamb into individual ribs by slicing between the ribs with a sharp knife. Place the ribs in a glass 2 inch deep dish.
  • Combine the rest of the ingredients in a medium bowl and mix well. Pour the mixture over the lamb chops making sure to coat them on both sides. Cover and refrigerate for 2 hours and up to 4 hours.
  • Set your grill heat to medium high and cook the ribs about 5 minutes per side for medium doneness or to desired temperature using a meat thermometer.
    Allow the chops to rest for 5 minutes before serving.

Notes

Internal temperature guide for lamb:
Rare: 120°
Medium Rare: 125°
Medium: 135°
Medium Well: 145°
Well done: 150°

Nutrition

Serving: 8piecesCalories: 432kcalCarbohydrates: 1gProtein: 12gFat: 42gSaturated Fat: 14gPolyunsaturated Fat: 4gMonounsaturated Fat: 22gCholesterol: 63mgSodium: 339mgPotassium: 185mgFiber: 1gSugar: 1gVitamin A: 142IUVitamin C: 5mgCalcium: 23mgIron: 1mg
Keyword Lamb chops, lemon, garlic, mint, grilling
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