Lamb with Lemon Garlic Marinade

Friday, October 8, 2021
Coated with an herb wine and lemon marinade this lamb on the bone, emerges exceptional flavor.

We love using the most tender part of the lamb which is the loin however, you can use any parts with this marinade and have fantastic flavored meat that will still be tender and delicious.

The shoulder is a humbler part of the lamb and is still enjoyable.

The marinade consists of lemon, wine, garlic, fresh herbs, and olive oil that makes the meat get the best of all flavors.

After marinating you can choose several cooking methods to either grill, bake, pan-fry or air fry the chops or steaks and cook them to your preference see charts and method instructions below.

Just scroll down for these easy printable instructions.







Cooking Lamb



Lamb is delicious when cooked correctly.


Grilling lamb is delicious once it has marinated for kabobs, chops we always recommend basting the meat to keep it from drying out.


To keep it moist I always use some kind of beef broth, wine or lemon juice.


The rib chops with the long bone are the best for being tender but not so meaty, usually, the loin will be heartier if you're looking for more meat.


Other parts of the lamb like the shoulder will require longer marinading or very slow cooking as it is tougher most often used in stews, however, you can still get a tender piece cooking it slowly in the oven or slow cooker in juices.


marinated lamb shoulder


Ingredient Suggestions

  1. lamb
  2. olive oil
  3. salt, pepper
  4. lemons
  5. herbs
  6. wine
  7. freshly chopped garlic


lamb marinating with fresh lemon herbs and garlic


Tips For Buying Lamb

  • Cuts of lamb may vary in color from pink to light red but should always look fresh, not dull and the fat should be white and waxy looking.
  • The bones should be reddish in color.
  • If you plan to grill lamb chops, choose rib, loin, or sirloin chops.
  • If you choose the baking method, after marinated choose the shoulder chops they're a much better choice.
  • Excess liquid may indicate that the lamb is old or has been stored at the incorrect temperature.

lamb with garlic and mint


Cooking Methods

  1. Pan Fry: Heat some butter in a cast-iron frying pan until sizzling, then add the lamb. Season with salt, if you like, and pepper, then cook for 6-7 mins until browned on all sides refer to the chart below
  2. Air Fry: Preheat air fryer to 400 degrees Fahrenheit. Add lamb chops to the air fryer basket and cook for 7-9 minutes, flipping halfway.
  3. Grill: Preheat the grill to low-medium heat — about 300 degrees. You are going to cook the chops at low heat first, then sear them over high heat. Place lamb chops on the grill. Close the lid and grill for about 10 minutes or until chops reach an internal temperature below in the chart
  4. Bake: Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Add some of the marinades to the baking pan then drizzle with oil and massage the flavors into the chops refer to the chart below

this is a cooking chart for lamb


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Best Recipe for Lamb Lovers



If you're a lamb lover or never tried lamb before, this recipe will make you love it.


Surprisingly, the marinade will take that gaminess away and the meat is juicy, tender and delicious.


The recipe is easy, be sure to read the cooking chart for your desired cooking taste.


Enjoy serving lamb with our Rice Pilaf, a favorite Greek Style Dressing for salad and Parmesan Oven Roasted Potatoes


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Yield: 6
Author: Claudia Lamascolo
Lamb with Lemon Garlic Marinade

Lamb with Lemon Garlic Marinade

Prep time: 15 MinCook time: 1 HourTotal time: 1 H & 15 M
Here is a great recipe for lamb lovers. The marinade has fresh lemon, wine, garlic, and fresh herbs. Bursting with flavor and fit for a King!

Ingredients

  •  6- 1/2-inch-thick lamb loin chops, (or use  the shoulder which is a humbler cut of meat) you can also use the leg
  • 1/2 cup chopped mixed fresh herbs, such as Italian parsley, rosemary, thyme, and oregano
  • 1/4 cup chopped garlic
  • 2 lemons sliced pits removed
  • 1 teaspoon salt, plus more, to taste
  • 5 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • pepper, to taste
  •  1/4 cup Cabernet wine or use white if you prefer

Instructions

  1. Place the lamb in a container with a lid using all the ingredients above.
  2. Marinate overnight or for at least 4 hours.
  3. See cooking methods in the notes for Air Fry, Pan Fry,  or Grillings.
  4. Preheat the grill at 300 degrees and grill until internal temperature reaches 135 degrees for medium-rare (as shown in the photos this is  one of the methods we used and the other  method was pan-fried)
  5. Refer to the cooking chart.

Notes:

Cooking Methods

  1. Pan Fry: Heat some butter in a cast-iron frying pan until sizzling, then add the lamb. Season with salt, if you like, and pepper, then cook for 6-7 mins until browned on all sides refer to the chart below
  2. Air Fry: Preheat air fryer to 400 degrees Fahrenheit. Add lamb chops to the air fryer basket and cook for 7-9 minutes, flipping halfway.
  3. Grill: Preheat the grill to low-medium heat — about 300 degrees. You are going to cook the chops at low heat first, then sear them over high heat. Place lamb chops on the grill. Close the lid and grill for about 10 minutes or until chops reach an internal temperature below in the chart
  4. Bake: Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Add some of the marinades to the baking pan then drizzle with oil and massage the flavors into the chops refer to the chart below

Tips For Buying Lamb

  • Cuts of lamb may vary in color from pink to light red but should always look fresh, not dull and the fat should be white and waxy looking.
  • The bones should be reddish in color.
  • If you plan to grill lamb chops, choose rib, loin, or sirloin chops.
  • If you choose the baking method, after marinated choose the shoulder chops they're a much better choice.
  • Excess liquid may indicate that the lamb is old or has been stored at the incorrect temperature.




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Disclosure: This recipe was originally shared in 2011. It was edited and re-published in 2021.

21 comments

  1. you know what that is a perfect shot...it seems just looking at the picture I smell the aroma over here =)

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  2. The marinade that you used sounds wonderful! Beautiful!

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  3. I've never used mint to marinate meat. It'sa really good suggestion, fresh and tasty. Bye, have a great day

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  4. They look amazing and yes I have had many cold meals trying to get that elusive shot, it's what we do though , right?
    Thanks for sharing..

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  5. Mint grows in my yard naturally. Everytime I mow I end up cutting some, but I never cook with it. I am not sure why. The weird thing is it does not seem to grow anywhere else in my neighborhood, just my yard. Maybe I should take that as a sign that I need to start cooking with it, your recipe would be a good place to start.

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  6. Oh, yum! This looks like a marvelous lamb marinade...hubby would go for this :)

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  7. This looks like a wonderful dish. Yummy!

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  8. Love fresh herbs too. The grilled lamb chops look mouthwatering.

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  9. I never ate lamb growing up even though our neighbors were greek! It wasn't until recent years that I have began eating it from time to time. This looks fantastic! I have never had it grilled before.

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  10. I never ate lamb growing up even though our neighbors were greek! It wasn't until recent years that I have began eating it from time to time. This looks fantastic! I have never had it grilled before.

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  11. Hey pretty girl, I adore lamb and your making me hungry, it's almost 1 and I haven't had any lunck, which is not going to look like TIS EITHER!! Thanks sweetie, I love it! See you later and lots of hugs.
    FABBY

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  12. What a lovely garden and I love this marinade! Delightful flavors :)

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  13. Yum,,,that chop lamb sound really yummy,,.interesting marinated,sound great.
    Ridwan

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  14. Claudia, this looks so great and that marinade sounds so perfect for the lamb! I love the combo of mint and lamb!

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  15. I have never cooked with lamb before. The marinade for this sounds delicious. I might have to see if I can find lamb next time I am at the store!

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  16. I have a love-hate relationship with lamb. It seems I'm hit or miss when I cook it, so I usually opt to just have it out! This sounds incredibly tasty Claudia =)

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  17. Oh how I miss lamb! Your garden sounds amazing with those lovely herbs and tomatoes and everything. I am going to go and check your tips for keeping fresh herbs all year round. Love your blogs! So informative too. :)

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  18. Love your those chops. But living in an apartment I am very jealous of your herb garden.

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  19. Absolutely mouth watering! The mint and lamb comnination is perfect and I'm very intrigued by the addition of white wine.

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