Roasted Lamb Chops

  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 2 hr
  • Prep: 15 min
  • Inactive: 1 hr 15 min
  • Cook: 30 min
  • Yield: 4 servings
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Two 1-pound racks lamb, frenched

Kosher salt and cracked black pepper

Kosher salt and cracked black pepper 

1/3 cup plus 1 tablespoon olive oil, plus more for searing

1 tablespoon chopped fresh rosemary

6 cloves garlic, 4 peeled and smashed, 2 finely chopped 

Juice of 1 lemon

3 tablespoons Dijon mustard

2 tablespoons honey

1/3 cup panko breadcrumbs

1/3 cup grated Parmesan

2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley

1 tablespoon thinly sliced fresh chives


  1. Sprinkle the lamb with salt and pepper and place in a gallon-size zip-top bag. 
  2. Whisk 1/3 cup of the olive oil, the rosemary, smashed garlic, lemon juice and some salt and pepper together in a measuring cup. Pour the marinade into the bag with the lamb. Let sit at room temperature for at least 1 hour and up to 3 hours. 
  3. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Line a heavy-duty sheet tray with foil. 
  4. Combine the mustard and honey together in a small bowl and set aside. Add the panko, Parmesan, parsley, chives and the remaining 2 cloves garlic to a small bowl and toss together. Drizzle with the remaining tablespoon of oil and mix together. 
  5. Heat a large heavy skillet over medium-high heat. Add olive oil and once very hot, sear the lamb, 1 rack at a time, fat-side down first, about 3 minutes per side. Remove from the skillet and place fat-side up on the prepared sheet tray. 
  6. Brush both racks with the honey mustard and apply each with the panko and herb mixture. Roast the lamb until an instant-read thermometer reads 140 degrees F, for medium, 20 to 25 minutes. Let rest 15 minutes before carving into chops.

Cook’s Note

If marinating the lamb for 3 hours, place in the refrigerator. Let it come back up to room temperature 30 minutes before cooking.

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