Rosemary Crusted Lamb Chops

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These lamb chops are pan seared and crusted with rosemary and garlic. So easy to make! Lamb chops are the perfect dish for a romantic dinner or entertaining.

Photography Credit: Elise Bauer

Hello my little lamb chops!

Cooking for two? A romantic dinner perhaps? Consider the lamb chop—delicate, tender, juicy, and easy. Rub with some chopped herbs, garlic, salt and pepper, and olive oil, let sit for a bit, sear all over on high heat, let rest a few minutes, and serve.

A lamb chop is such a lovely tender cut of meat, you just don’t have to do much to it. In fact, the only thing you really have to take care with is to not overcook it.

Rosemary Crusted Lamb Chops

How To Serve Lamb Chops

Lamb is best served rare, though if you have eaters who prefer their meat medium or well, you can always cook it longer. Serve with some mashed potatoes or celery root, and a salad of mixed greens.

Rosemary Crusted Lamb Chops Recipe

  • Prep time: 10 minutes
  • Cook time: 10 minutes
  • Marinating time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: Serves 2 to 3

In this recipe we are working with lamb rib chops, with two ribs per chop. This yields a thicker piece of meat than if we had single rib chops, and is more forgiving with cooking time if you like your lamb rare or medium rare.

If you have single rib chops, which are thinner pieces, you'll have to pay closer attention, and sear quickly, to not overcook the chops.

Note that 1 pound of lamb rib chops is about 4 double-rib chops, which serves 2 to 3 people. You can also use lamb loin chops in lieu of rib chops for this recipe.

Lamb chops are best eaten on the rare side. Error on less cooking time than you would expect, that way you can always cook them further if you want them more well done.


  • 1 pound lamb chops (lamb rib chops are what are pictured here)
  • 2 tablespoons minced fresh rosemary
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 4 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil, divided


Before you start, decide if you want your lamb chops rare or medium. If you want your lamb chops rare in the center, you can cook them entirely on the stovetop.

If you want them a bit more cooked, and you have double rib chops (2 ribs per piece of meat, each piece of meat about 1/4 of a pound), you will want to finish them in the oven, at 400°F for a few minutes.

Or you can cover the pan and remove from the heat and just let sit for a few minutes.

1 Marinate the lamb chops with rosemary, salt, pepper, garlic, olive oil: In a small bowl, mix the rosemary, salt, pepper, garlic, and 2 tablespoons of the olive oil together. Coat the lamb chops with the mixture, massaging it into the meat with your fingers. If you are working with double rib chops, cover and let stand at room temperature for 30 to 45 minutes.

If you are working with single rib chops, and you want the result to be rare, let the chops sit in the rub in the refrigerator, do not let come to room temp or the thin ribs will easily overcook when you sear them in the next step.

2 Sear the lamb chops: Heat the remaining 2 tablespoons olive oil in an oven-proof sauté pan over high heat. When the oil is shimmering hot, sear the lamb chops on all sides, about 2 to 3 minutes per side.

(If you are working with single rib chops, sear only on two sides, and only a minute or so on each side if you want the result to be rare or medium rare.)

3 Test for doneness, if you want more well done, finish in oven, otherwise tent with foil and let rest: At this point, if you want your lamb chops rare, they are likely cooked enough.

If you would like your chops more cooked, you can put them in a 400°F oven for 3 to 5 minutes, or keep them in the hot pan, remove from heat, and cover the pan for a few minutes.

Remove from the pan, cover with foil and let rest 3 to 5 minutes before serving.

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Elise Bauer

Elise Bauer is the founder of Simply Recipes. Elise launched Simply Recipes in 2003 as a way to keep track of her family's recipes, and along the way grew it into one of the most popular cooking websites in the world. Elise is dedicated to helping home cooks be successful in the kitchen. Elise is a graduate of Stanford University, and lives in Sacramento, California.

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  1. John

    Thank You, Thank You – I made these last night. Used lamb chops from Costco. Can’t believe how easy and tasty these were. As I have taken over the cooking I’m always looking for easy ,tasty recipes. This fits the bill. Loved them. Thanks again.


  2. Gina

    Simply delicious! I only had dry Rosemary, and I added a little thyme, but my Lamb Chops were aromatic and incredibly flavorful! Thank you for the recipe and detailed directions. My housemate said he’s never going out to a restaurant for lamb chops again!


  3. Wojtek

    Making them second time already from your recipe! It’s amazing.


  4. Karen MacQueen

    Elise, this recipe is perfect! I used the Costco loin chops, followed the recipe exactly. My 100 year old mother, who hasn’t had much appetite lately, loved her chop (served with mashed potatoes and Mark Bittman’s simple eggplant Parmesan) — I put the lamb into a hot oven at the end, to accommodate her preference for medium instead of rare — so delicious. My new favorite way to cook chops.


  5. Allie

    This is my go-to for a special birthday/anniversary treat. I’ve stopped ordering lamb chops in restaurants because they are never as good as when I make these. The butchers near where I live generally sell single rib chops, so I follow Elise’s instructions and marinate them in the fridge. I’ve never had a problem with them overcooking (and I like mine rare). Thank you for sharing such a delicious recipe!


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