Easy Lemon Thyme Lamb Chops

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My Lemon Thyme Lamb Chops recipe is an elegant 30 minute meal that’s as vibrant and delicious as it is quick and easy to put on the table. Treat yourself and your partner to something special tonight!

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My Lemon Thyme Lamb Chops is a classic Provencal recipe

For today’s meal I’m escaping to the heart of France, where they’ve made it a point of pride to stop and smell the lavender. Every culture harbors a nugget or two of wisdom about food, and what I take from French country cooking is the courage to go ultra simple.

Lemon, good olive oil, fresh thyme, sea salt. And a hot fire. The flavors are rich and juicy. The meat cooks for a mere 2 minutes per side. Dinner is ready in a flash, and it’s  magnificent. I’ve been rereading Patricia Wells’ Cooking in Provence in bed all week, can you tell?

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Grilled lamb chops is a super elegant 30 minute meal

Lamb chops haven’t been on my radar much, I don’t know why. My mom made them all the time, but for some reason I’ve developed a cooking style that doesn’t focus on chops and roasts very often. But everything that goes around comes around, and I’m slowly finding myself tempted by these cuts again lately.

You’ll want the small lamb rib chops for this dish, they are only about a 1/2 inch thick.

The meat marinates for just 20 minutes,  so after you’ve set the table and poured yourself a glass of  Bordeaux it’s ready to hit the grill. If you serve these beautiful chops with couscous and a simple vegetable like I did, you’ll be amazed at how fast it all comes together.

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I can already tell that my spring summer obsession is going to be grill marks. For the rest of the year I use a good heavy grill pan on the stove and it works just fine. 

How to get great grill marks on your lamb chops

  • The key is letting it get nice and smoking hot before the food touches down. 
  • Don’t shift the meat around, let it sit in one spot.
  • Gently lift the meat up to check for browning before you flip.
  • Grill marks not only look enticing, they enhance the flavor of whatever you’re cooking. 
  • I even grilled the lemons.
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Sprinkle a little sea salt on after cooking so it doesn’t draw out the precious juices before their time. Lamb is so flavorful, you don’t need much in the way of seasonings. I love the simple fresh thyme and grilled lemon in this recipe.

The ideal temperature for lamb chops

  • Aim for medium rare, or 145F on an instant read thermometer.

Some servings suggestions to go with your lemon thyme lamb chops

Depending on the season…

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3.3 from 41 votes

Lemon Thyme Lamb Chops

Lemon Thyme Lamb Chops is an elegant 30 minute meal that is as vibrant and delicious as it is quick and easy to put on the table.  Treat yourself and your partner to something special tonight!
Course dinner
Cuisine American
Cook Time 6 minutes
marinating 20 minutes
Yield 2 servings
Author Sue Moran


  • 4 small lamb chops
  • juice of 1 lemon
  • 1 lemon cut in half
  • fresh thyme
  • 1/8 cup olive oil
  • sea salt


  • Put the lamb chops in a shallow dish and cover with 1/8 cup of oil, the lemon juice, and a couple of tablespoons of thyme leaves. Cover and let it sit at room temperature for 20 minutes. Turn the chops over a couple of times to allow all surfaces to marinate.
  • Preheat a stove top grill pan on high heat for about 5 minutes. Lower the heat slightly and grill the chops for about 2 to 3 minutes per side. Don’t move them once you put them down so you will get nice grill marks. Grill the lemon alongside the chops.
  • Serve right away sprinkled with sea salt and more fresh thyme leaves.

Cook’s notes

You can use larger lamb loin chops for this recipe, they will just take a little longer to cook.
*recipe from Patricia Wells’ Cooking in Provence
The nutritional information for recipes on this site is provided as a courtesy and although theviewfromgreatisland.com tries to provide accurate nutritional information, these figures are only estimates.

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    Terry Slade
    February 15, 2020 at 3:16 am

    Not tried it yet , but this looks so yummy .
    Would this BBQ well too .

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    Pamela Anderson
    January 30, 2020 at 11:03 am

    I just want to comment that your recipes always look great, but also I love the look of your website. It’s very classy.. easy on the eyes.. and just so well done!

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      January 30, 2020 at 12:49 pm

      Thank you SO much Pamela, you’ve made my day 🙂

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    April 21, 2019 at 7:34 am

    Has anyone ever let them marinate longer than 20 minutes? What might happen if it was longer…like two hours?

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      April 21, 2019 at 7:46 am

      I think you’d be fine to let it go for an hour or two, Tina. The issue with lemon or other acids is that they break down meat over time, and can eventually make it tougher. I wouldn’t leave it overnight, but a couple of hours should be fine.

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    Lisa R
    July 8, 2018 at 12:56 am

    I made the lemon thyme lamb chops. They were quick, easy and delicious and full of flavor. My grill is being repaired so I seared them and finished them off in the oven. I will definitely be making these again soon! Thank you for the great recipe. Now that I have found you I can’t wait to make some more of your recipes.

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      July 8, 2018 at 8:00 am

      Welcome in Lisa, it’s been too long since I’ve made lamb chops, thanks for the reminder!

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      November 16, 2018 at 1:47 pm

      How long did you put them in the oven and at what temperature?

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    October 21, 2017 at 1:46 am

    Hi, the recipe sounds delicious! thanks so much SUE!

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    October 12, 2017 at 3:28 pm

    I added garlic and they turn out perfect.

    • Reply
      October 12, 2017 at 4:03 pm

      So glad to hear it!

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    September 18, 2017 at 6:47 am

    Awesome recipe! Very balanced and the ingredients all look fantastic together! Great work and amazing result!

    • Reply
      September 18, 2017 at 7:41 am

      Thanks Elaine!

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    February 1, 2016 at 1:58 pm

    Hi, the recipe sounds delicious! What side do think would go nice with it?

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      July 18, 2017 at 7:27 pm

      I like couscous, Guilia, and some sort of green veggie like broccoli, green beans, or zucchini.

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    July 29, 2015 at 5:55 pm

    I LOVE this! Keeping as a go-to lamb recipe, for sure.

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    Stephanie @ Girl Versus Dough
    April 30, 2014 at 9:54 am

    Much as I love a good lamb chop, I don’t think I’ve ever made them at home. That’s going to change with this recipe, because YUM.

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    April 29, 2014 at 6:17 pm

    I have mixed feelings about Monday’s too (smile).

    Your grilled lamb chops look delightful-what a great way to say summer is almost here.


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    Helen @ Scrummy Lane
    April 29, 2014 at 6:01 am

    Like you, I’m not much of a chops kind of person, but I know for a fact that my husband would be in food heaven if I made some of these for him! Really, only 2 or 3 minutes each side? You’re right, so easy.
    P.S. I can’t help thinking that a nice big Greek salad would go beautifully with this!

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    Kitchen Belleicious
    April 29, 2014 at 5:30 am

    your pictures make me drool. they are amazing and these pork chops could NOT look any more delicious

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    Tricia @ Saving room for dessert
    April 29, 2014 at 4:41 am

    Sue – this is a home run! Easy, beautiful, juicy and delicious – I’m in! Your photos are incredible. So mouthwateringly beautiful! I haven’t eaten lamb chops in a long time.

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    Taryn @ The Wooden Spoons
    April 28, 2014 at 9:34 pm

    These look so tasty Sue. It’s coming into Winter in my part of the world, so I will be using my heavy griddle pan inside for the next few months. Love the idea of grilling the lemons too!

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    April 28, 2014 at 2:36 pm

    What a beautiful and simple dish Sue. Your pics are awesome. We used to eat lamb chops all of the time, but it has been a while. Will have to rectify that. You have inspired me. Simple good ingredients are always the best.

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      April 28, 2014 at 4:00 pm

      Thanks Penny, I’ve actually inspired myself, too. I usually go for fish when I need a quick meal, now I’ll have a little more variety.

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    April 28, 2014 at 12:31 pm

    Love the grill marks on both the lamb and the lemons, beautiful pics Sue.

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    Laura (Tutti Dolci)
    April 28, 2014 at 10:16 am

    Love these flavors, you can never go wrong with lemon and thyme!

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    Julia @Vikalinka
    April 28, 2014 at 9:38 am

    What a gorgeous recipe, I am sure there is nothing ‘minimal” about the taste of these chops!

    • Reply
      April 28, 2014 at 9:48 am

      Thanks Julia!

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    [email protected]'s Recipes
    April 28, 2014 at 7:20 am

    My mouth is watering, Sue. These lamb chops look sensational.

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