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Garlic Herb Lamb Shoulder Chops

by Capri Lilly

Get ready to drool over these mouthwatering Garlic Herb Lamb Shoulder Chops! With this easy recipe, you’ll pan-sear the lamb chops first, then cook them to perfection in the oven! This meal is just what you’re looking for if you want an impressive dish that is incredibly flavorful and simple to make! (This recipe is dairy-free and naturally gluten-free).

Pair these lamb shoulder chops with my Four Cheese Mac and Cheese, Instant Pot Parsnip Mash, Creamy Dairy-Free Mashed Potatoes, or Maple Roasted Brussel Sprouts for a full-on meal!

Good Food Baddie Lamb Shoulder Chops Recipe

Garlic Herb Lamb Shoulder Chops are great for any occasion! I personally like to make these lamb chops when I am hosting a dinner. It is a super impressive meal, but takes very minimal effort and leaves everyone beyond satisfied!

lamb shoulder chops served with brussels sprouts and parsnip mash

What Are Lamb Shoulder Chops?

Lamb Shoulder Chops are cut from the top part of the leg of the lamb. This cut is super flavorful and tender when cooked properly. This recipe works perfectly for lamb shoulder chops or lamb loin chops.

Lamb Shoulder Chops marinade ingredients

What You Need To Make This Garlic Herb Lamb Chops Recipe

  • Lamb Shoulder Chops: You’ll need 4 lamb chops, about 8 oz and 1 inch thick each. I use bone-in lamb shoulder chops
  • Fresh Herbs: Parsley, Rosemary, and Thyme are the winning combination for this savory marinade.
  • Fresh Garlic: Don’t skimp on the garlic! I recommend 6 cloves minimum for the best flavor!
  • Shallot: Use one shallot or a fourth of an onion.
  • Olive Oil: You can use olive oil or avocado oil for this marinade.
  • Red Wine Vinegar: The red wine vinegar works in conjunction with the other ingredients to provide flavor and tenderize the meat.
  • Salt & Pepper: Add salt and pepper to the marinade to enhance all of the flavors.

How To Make Lamb Shoulder Chops

How to cook lamb chops
  1. Add all the marinade ingredients to the blender and blend until the ingredients are fully combined.
  2. Marinate the lamb shoulder chops for at least 2 hours or up to 12 hours. This helps to tenderize the chops and provides deep flavor.
  3. When ready to make the chops, heat 1 tbsp cooking oil or butter in a large oven-safe skillet or cast iron. Preheat the oven to 400°F.
  4. Add the chops to the skillet and pan-sear for 2-3 minutes on each side to get a nice, browned exterior.
  5. Transfer the skillet into the oven and cook for at least 10 minutes for rare (15 minutes for medium), flipping halfway through. An instant thermometer should read 125-130°F for rare, 135°F medium-rare, 140°F medium, and 145°F medium-well.
  6. Remove from the oven, and let the lamb shoulder chops rest in the skillet for 5 minutes. Serve with your favorite side dishes and enjoy!
Easy Lamb Shoulder Chops

How Long To Cook Lamb Shoulder Chops

The key to nailing this recipe is all in the marinade and how long you cook the lamb chops. The internal temperature for medium-well lamb should read 145°F, which is the safe temperature according to the USDA recommendations. When lamb is cooked past medium it takes on more of a gamey flavor and becomes tougher as it cooks. Try to cook your lamb between rare and medium for the most optimal texture and flavor: 125°F for rare, 135°F medium-rare, and 140°F medium.

lamb chops served with brussels sprouts and parsnip mash

What To Serve With Lamb Shoulder Chops

This lamb shoulder chops recipe pairs perfectly with any of your favorite sides! I love to serve it with my Creamy Parsnip Mash (pictured above) and a light salad. Here are a few more great options:

Accordion Potatoes

Gluten-Free Rosemary Olive Focaccia

Roasted Sweet Potato Hummus

Mediterranean Pasta Salad with Lemon Basil Vinaigrette

Crispy Garlic-Herb Baked Okra

Garlic Herb Crusted Lamb Shoulder Chops

I hope you enjoy this Garlic Herb Lamb Chops Recipe!

If you make try the recipe, don’t forget to rate the recipe and let me know what you think in the comments below! Take pictures, tag #goodfoodbaddie, and share them with me on Instagram! I love hearing from you! 

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5 from 11 votes

Garlic Herb Lamb Shoulder Chops Recipe

Get ready to drool over these mouthwatering Garlic Herb Lamb Shoulder Chops! With this easy recipe, you'll pan-sear the lamb chops first, then cook them to perfection in the oven! This meal is just what you're looking for if you want an impressive meal that is incredibly flavorful and simple to make! (This recipe is dairy-free and naturally gluten-free).
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time30 mins
Course: Dinner, Main Course
Cuisine: American, Dairy-Free, Gluten-Free
Keyword: easy lamb recipe, garlic herb lamb chops, lamb chops, lamb chops in oven, lamb shoulder chops recipe
Servings: 4
Calories: 634kcal
Author: Capri Lilly

Ingredients

  • 4 lamb chops (about 8 oz and ~1 inch thick)

Marinade Ingredients

  • 2 4 inch Sprigs of Rosemary
  • 2 tbsp Fresh Thyme
  • 1/4 cup Fresh Parsley, packed
  • 6 Garlic Cloves
  • 1/2 cup Olive Oil (or Avocado Oil)
  • 2 tbsp Red Wine Vinegar
  • 1 Shallot
  • 2 tsp Sea Salt
  • 1 tsp Pepper
  • 1/2 tsp Red Crushed Pepper, optional

Instructions

  • Add all the marinade ingredients to the blender and blend until the ingredients are fully combined.
  • Marinate the lamb shoulder chops for at least 2 hours or up to 12 hours. This helps to tenderize the chops and provides deep flavor.
  • When ready to make the chops, heat 1 tbsp of cooking oil or butter in a large oven-safe skillet or cast iron. Preheat the oven to 400°F.
  • Add the chops to the skillet and pan-sear for 2-3 minutes on each side to get a nice, browned exterior.
  • Transfer the skillet into the oven and cook for at least 10 minutes for rare (15 minutes for medium). An instant thermometer should read 125-130°F for rare, 135°F medium-rare, 140°F medium, and 145°F medium-well.
  • Remove from the oven, and let the lamb shoulder chops rest in the skillet for 5 minutes. Serve with your favorite side dishes and enjoy!

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20 comments

Mila June 23, 2021 - 8:43 pm

5 stars
I have a huge obsession with lamb! This was a wonderful way to cook it, and I loved the garlicky flavor. It was tender coming out of the oven, and I paired them with your delicious potatoes!

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Capri Lilly June 24, 2021 - 6:34 pm

Hi Mila! I am so happy you enjoyed the recipe! Thank you so much for leaving a review!

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Marta June 24, 2021 - 2:22 am

5 stars
Our kiddos love lamb, so I grab what I can find, when I can find it. They loved you recipe. The meat was super tender and they were super easy to make. We’ll be adding them to the dinner rotation!

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Capri Lilly June 24, 2021 - 6:36 pm

Oo! Your kiddos are eating good! I am so happy you and your family enjoyed the recipe! 🙂

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Chef Mireille June 28, 2021 - 3:55 am

5 stars
That is a killer marinade I have been using on everything. What an easy preparation! I used it on chicken and also some fresh cod. It was just as delicious as with these amazing lamb chops.

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Capri Lilly June 30, 2021 - 12:40 am

Yes! I am so happy to hear it! Thanks for leaving a review!

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Taneisha June 28, 2021 - 3:22 pm

5 stars
This lamb recipe was the perfect way for me to try out cooking with lamb – I loved it! Plus, paired with your Creamy Garlic Mashed Potatoes – it was a hit!

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Capri Lilly June 30, 2021 - 12:40 am

That’s my favorite way to enjoy it as well! I am glad you liked!

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Jessica June 28, 2021 - 5:27 pm

5 stars
I’m a garlic lover and I love the unapologetic amount of garlic in this recipe. These came out perfectly cooked and the flavor was ON POINT!

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Chenée June 30, 2021 - 4:21 am

5 stars
These lamb shoulder chops were outstanding! I took your advice and cooked them just to medium and they were perfectly tender and juicy!

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Capri Lilly July 2, 2021 - 3:44 am

Yes! The best! Thanks for leaving a review!

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Kaluhi June 30, 2021 - 11:52 am

5 stars
The most juicy lambchops i have EVER made! The flavors were also extra flavorfand complimented the lamb to perfection! Illbe making this over and over!

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Capri Lilly July 2, 2021 - 3:44 am

I’m glad to hear it! Thanks Kaluhi!

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Tamara June 30, 2021 - 12:12 pm

5 stars
I am thrilled that I found this recipe! The hubby requested lamb for his birthday, and I had no idea how to cook it! Your instructions were clear, and this dinner was a HUGE success!

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Capri Lilly July 2, 2021 - 3:45 am

That’s great! Happy Birthday to him!

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Jen Sim June 30, 2021 - 8:16 pm

5 stars
These lamb shoulders were so tender and delicious. I served them with your creamy garlic mashed potatoes and it was the perfect pairing!

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Shanna Jones July 1, 2021 - 1:15 am

5 stars
I love lamb, and this recipe skyrocketed to the top of my list! Wow! The flavors are amazing and lamb combined with fresh herbs is always a win-win. So good!

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Britney Brown July 1, 2021 - 2:17 pm

This was my first time making lamb and I’m so glad that I used this recipe because not only was it delicious, it was so much easier to make than I expected! Thanks so much Capri!

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Capri Lilly July 2, 2021 - 3:43 am

Hi Britney! I’m so happy to hear that! You’re welcome & I’m glad you enjoyed the recipe!

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Jazz July 7, 2021 - 2:31 pm

5 stars
This was perfect for our last Friday night dinner–we cook something at home and try to get fancy with it!

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