Lemon Thyme Lamb Chops

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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.

Lemon Thyme Lamb Chops | The View from Great Island

Morning everyone — it’s Monday again, can you believe it?  April has just whizzed by.  I’m in one of those roller-coaster periods where I haven’t stopped to take a breath.  Luckily 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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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 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.  Since I don’t have an outdoor grill I use a good heavy pan on the stove and it works just fine.  The key is letting it get nice and smoking hot before the food touches down.  It not only looks enticing, it enhances the flavor of whatever you’re cooking.  I even grilled the lemons.

Minimal Monday: Lemon Thyme Lamb Chops

Yield: serves 2

Ingredients

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

Instructions

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. Serve right away sprinkled with sea salt and more fresh thyme leaves.

Notes

Recipe from At Home in Provence

https://theviewfromgreatisland.com/minimal-monday-lemon-thyme-lamb-chops/

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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, nothing else is needed.  Serve it with couscous and steamed or roasted baby carrots, or asparagus for the ultimate spring dinner.

 

 

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28 Comments

  • Reply
    Yumvilla
    October 21, 2017 at 1:46 am

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

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    Elizabete
    October 12, 2017 at 3:28 pm

    I added garlic and they turn out perfect.

    • Reply
      Sue
      October 12, 2017 at 4:03 pm

      So glad to hear it!

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    Elaine
    September 18, 2017 at 6:47 am

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

    • Reply
      Sue
      September 18, 2017 at 7:41 am

      Thanks Elaine!

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    Giulia
    February 1, 2016 at 1:58 pm

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

    • Reply
      Sue
      July 18, 2017 at 7:27 pm

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

  • Reply
    Taylor
    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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    Velva
    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.

    Velva

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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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    Penny
    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.

    • Reply
      Sue
      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.

  • Reply
    cheri
    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!

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      Sue
      April 28, 2014 at 9:48 am

      Thanks Julia!

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    Angie@Angie's Recipes
    April 28, 2014 at 7:20 am

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

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