Pan Seared Lamb Loin Chops

These lamb loin chops seared in cast iron skillet are juicy inside with a light garlicky crust outside. Deeee-licious!! If you have any leftovers and reheat them the next day, they are still mouthwatering! P.S. This is the promised link for a good cast iron skillet.
Pan Seared Lamb Loin Chops


  • 2 pounds lamb loin chops
  • 4 cloves garlic (finely grated)
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil (leave 1 tablespoon to coat skillet)
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon thyme
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/3 cup chicken broth
  • 1 tablespoon butter (or ghee for Whole30)
  • parsley (chopped, for serving)
Prep time:
7 minutes
Cook time:
18 minutes
Total time:
25 minutes
Yield: 4 servings | Prep time: 7 minutes | Cook time: 18 minutes | Total time: 25 minutes


1. In a small bowl, combine garlic, olive oil (leave 1 tablespoon to coat skillet), lemon juice, thyme, salt and pepper.

2. Rub all sides of lamb loin chops with the mixture.

3. Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add 1 tablespoon olive oil and when it's hot, add lamb chops. Sear 4-5 minutes per side (trying not to move the lamb).

4. Transfer loin chops to a plate.
5. Make sauce. Add chicken broth to the same skillet and stir scarping off any bits stuck to it. Simmer the sauce for 2 minutes. Add butter or ghee, stir.

6. Return lamb loin chops to the skillet, and cook additional 4-5 minutes for medium/medium well (occasionally turning). Safe cooking temperature for lamb according to the USDA is 145F (63C).
7. Drizzle with the sauce, sprinkle with fresh chopped parsley and serve.

Products I recommend for this recipe

Olive Oil

Olive Oil


Chicken Broth

Chicken Broth


Fresh Parsley

Fresh Parsley

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Guest August 10, 2020 8:57 PM
great recipe! didnt have any chicken broth so substituted white wine and it came out great!

Not enough liquid for sauce

Guest July 17, 2020 10:52 PM
The chops were perfect. I drained the sauce through a strainer to remove charred bits. Suggest adding stained sauce in a separate pan and adding more bone broth or chicken stock so there is more sauce. The liquid evaporated quickly leaving a thick gummy syrup.


Guest July 30, 2019 10:56 PM
The best lamb loin chops recipe we ever had. I will add it to my recipe book.

Broth & Spice

Guest June 12, 2019 9:44 PM
I loved the flavor, but the "1/8 cup chicken broth" burned up immediately - I suspect you intended more. Also, I suspect the recipe is intentionally bland - but for anyone who prefers spice, like me, adding "Slap ya Mamma" or similar makes it just right.

Bone broth

Guest May 7, 2019 6:46 PM
I'm using bone broth. This is my granddaughter's favorite meal.

Made tonight, very good

Guest January 20, 2019 8:11 PM
I've never cooked lamb before, only eaten. Thus was simple, I left sit in the marinade about 20 minutes while prepping dinner. So very flavorful, the sauce helped keep moist. I don't have a cast iron pan but used my copper chef skillet and worked well

Amount of Broth

Guest July 25, 2018 6:23 PM
The recipe calls for 1/3 TEASPOON of chicken broth which is hardly any at all. Did you mean 1/3 CUP of broth??

Maybe add the garlic later

Guest July 11, 2018 6:49 PM
Okay flavor, but the garlic turned a blackened crisp. Couldn't use the sauce.

Pan Seared Lamb Awesome!

Guest June 19, 2018 1:52 PM
I have made this recipe twice now and all I can say is WOW. So simple and delicious. I've been telling everyone about it.

Pan seared lamb

Guest December 26, 2017 7:48 PM
I followed this recipe exactly, but cooking 5 min on each side. These chops were delicious! Will save this and make them again and again!! Thank you 🤗💕🍸

Jessica Botero

Guest November 28, 2017 9:44 PM
Turned out SO GOOD! I let the lamb rest out of the fridge for about an hour before starting to cook. Didn't touch it when searing, came out so juicy! My friends were licking the bones! Fabulous yet simple recipe!


Guest September 25, 2017 2:50 PM
These look DELICIOUS! I'm going to have to try them out this week! Thanks for sharing :)

Rebecca Swenor

Guest September 22, 2017 8:54 AM
This is a great recipe for lamb loin chops cooked in a cast iron skillet. A cast iron skillet is something that my mom always loved to cooking in because the food just came out better. I have never made lamb before so this is a recipe I will have to try. Thanks for sharing the recipe.

Guest September 21, 2017 11:06 AM
oh these look and sound amazing my partner loves lamb so I am going to have to attempt these myself for him as a treat

Angela Milnes

Guest September 20, 2017 4:54 PM
I've never had lamb. It looks delicious and it makes me want to try it!


Guest September 20, 2017 1:13 PM
I love lamb! We Greeks eat it a lot! Lately I've been searching for a more healthy way to cook it, like in the slow cooker. Your recipe is indeed mouthwatering!

Wow! Your pictures look so good!

Guest September 20, 2017 9:53 AM
This looks amazing! Thanks for adding all of the pictures and making it so easy to follow! Can't wait to try!

Sarah Bailey

Guest September 20, 2017 9:30 AM
Oh yum now this looks absolutely delicious - I have to admit I am a huge fan of lamb it can taste so good.

Guest September 20, 2017 9:24 AM
Looks like a simple and fast recipe! I'm vegetarian, but my brother would love this dish, will try to cook it for him!

Guest September 20, 2017 4:33 AM
Nice and simple recipe. Looks so yummy and delicious. Great combinations of flavors. Definitely a worth try dish.

Guest September 19, 2017 10:40 PM
Looks Yummy.. Am really salivating right now. All try this at home.

Guest September 19, 2017 10:05 PM
Very nice flavor combination with garlic, thyme and sauce. Could you, please, recommend a good but not expensive cast iron skillet? Thank you!

Anne Yedlin

Guest September 19, 2017 8:08 PM
This looks deliciously simple. I can't wait to try this recipe!

Terri Ramsey Beavers

Guest September 19, 2017 7:21 PM
It has been entirely too long since I had lamb chops. I haven't been able to find a butcher around here that carries them. I've got to broaden my horizon, lol.

Jen Walker

Guest September 19, 2017 7:18 PM
These look really delicious, and I love that you kept the recipe simple with good old garlic, olive oil and thyme! Lamb is a special treat at my house, and we're definitely going to be making these!


catherineg September 19, 2017 4:04 PM
I love a simple recipe!

Delicious! A keeper indeed

Guest January 23, 2021 8:42 PM
Thank you so much for this terrific recipe!

alenatrs January 23, 2021 9:46 PM
You're very welcome!! Great to hear you loved the recipe! - Alena

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