This is one of my favorite ways to make lamb and I’m sorry, but here’s the only photo I captured from this dinner:
This is quick and easy – it doesn’t take long because the acidity of the lemons makes quick work out of the marinade. This is an easy lamb shoulder chop recipe but of course, the marinade works well with any cut of lamb.
If you don’t have fresh oregano, make sure you use the highest-quality dried oregano that you can…this really makes a big difference.
Lamb Chops with Oregano and Lemon Recipe
- 2 lamb shoulder chops, about 1 1/2 inches thick
- 1/2 – 1 lemon, juiced – about 1 tablespoon
- 3 cloves garlic, roughly chopped
- 1 tablespoon good quality dried oregano, or 2 tablespoons fresh, crushed or chopped
- 1 teaspoon Kosher salt
- 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
- 1/8 cup olive oil
Place your lamb shoulder chops in a shallow dish or pan. Add the rest of the ingredients and rub both sides of chops well. Let sit at room temperature for about 35-45 minutes or cover and refrigerate overnight. Be sure if you refrigerate to bring back to room temperature for 30 minutes or so, before cooking.
Preheat oven to 375
Heat a heavy, oven-safe skillet over medium heat. Drain the marinade from your lamb chops into the pan and heat, about 3-4 minutes. Increase heat to medium-high and add the chops. Let sear about 4 minutes, turn and brown lightly on the other side, about 3 minutes.
Place pan with chops in oven and finish off, about 8-10 minutes. Let rest 5 minutes before serving.
Don’t over-think this…the lemon, oregano, garlic, and oil come together beautifully with the lamb. Even if you overcook the chops a bit, this marinade (due to the acidity of the lemon) is very forgiving.
It’s quick, easy and flavorful and you all know how much I love that. In fact, I love it so much that we were halfway through dinner before I realized I forgot to take a photo of the finished chops.
If you love lamb, be sure and check out my other lamb recipes!
- Grilled Butterflied Leg of Lamb
- Lamb Burgers with Pesto and Goat Cheese
- Lamb Loin Chops with Oregano, Mint, and Lemon
- Easy Lamb Stew
- Lamb Loin Chops with Garlic and Rosemary
As you can see, lamb can be very easy to prepare. Enjoy!