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plate of lamb chops on a black board sprinkled with parsley.

Pan-Seared Lamb Lollipops

Marinated pan-seared lollipops cooked within minutes and so full of flavor, these succulent lamb chops make a delicious appetizer or a quick weeknight dinner.
Course Meat Recipes
Cuisine British
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 4 minutes
2 hours
Servings 4
Calories 451kcal
Author Adina


  • Frying pan or cast-iron skillet


  • 1 rack of lamb 8 ribs Note 1
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil


  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 garlic cloves large
  • 1 teaspoon dried rosemary Note 2
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • ½ teaspoon fine sea salt
  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper


  • Cut the rack of ribs into single pieces if necessary. Trim a bit of the meat and fat to reveal more of the bone.
  • Marinade: Mix olive oil, grated garlic cloves, dried herbs (or chopped fresh herbs), lemon juice, salt, and pepper in a small bowl.
  • Dry the lamb chops with kitchen towels, place them in a baking dish or bowl.
  • Marinate lamb: Pour the marinade on top and rub the chops to coat them all over. Cover and marinate for 1 to 8 hours.
  • Remove the lamb chops from the refrigerator about 30 minutes before cooking.
  • Heat 1 tablespoon oil in a cast-iron skillet or a large frying pan. Depending on the size of the pan, fry the chops in batches.
  • Fry the lamb chops for 2 minutes per side until the internal temperature reaches 130°F/ 55°C. If you like them well-done, give them another minute (Note 3).
  • Let the chops rest for 5 minutes before serving.


  1. Racks of lamb that are cut into single chops. You can buy them already cut or you can cut them yourself. One individual rib weighed about 2.5 oz/ 75 g.
  2. The dried herbs can be substituted with fresh herbs, about 1 tablespoon chopped rosemary, thyme, oregano.
  3. Internal temperature for lamb chops before and after resting:
  • Medium-rare: 130°F/55°C; after resting 140°F/60°C
  • Medium: 150°F/65°C; after resting 160°F/71°C
  • Well-done: 160°F/71°C; after resting 170°F/77°C


Serving: 2lollipops | Calories: 451kcal | Carbohydrates: 2g | Protein: 45g | Fat: 28g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 3g | Monounsaturated Fat: 14g | Cholesterol: 149mg | Sodium: 458mg | Potassium: 623mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 20IU | Vitamin C: 4mg | Calcium: 44mg | Iron: 4mg