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Keto Dinner: Garlic-Herb Lamb Chops

Keto Dinner: Garlic-Herb Lamb Chops

I’ve noticed that lamb chops tend to have a bit of a reputation. At least among people around me.

Most have decided that lamb chops are exclusively for dining out only. As if unless you’re having a dinner at a fancy restaurant, lamb chops are restricted territory.

I honestly do not understand where the notion came from, but I do know that even in households that cook meat often, lamb chops are not the most popular choice.

Which is a shame if you ask me, considering lamb chops are a quick and fairly easy dinner. All you need is a good skillet and a generous amount of butter. Well, maybe some garlic and herbs for extra flavor.

Want to impress guests with a restaurant-style dinner? Maybe top the lamb chops off with a wine reduction sauce or real Spanish aioli for an extra special touch. But honestly, that’s entirely optional.

Lamb Chops

Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time12 mins
Optional Marinating Time2 hrs
Course: Main Course
Servings: 4

Equipment

  • A small mixing bowl
  • A garlic press (optional)
  • A brush (optional)
  • A large pan or skillet
  • A stove

Ingredients

  • 8 1-inch thick lamb chops (loin or rib)
  • 2-4 tbsp unsalted butter
  • 2-3 tbsp olive oil
  • 4 finely crushed cloves of garlic
  • 1 tbsp finely chopped fresh thyme (can be substituted for 1 tsp dried)
  • 1 tbsp finely chopped fresh rosemary (can be substituted for 1 tsp dried)
  • 1 tbsp finely chopped fresh oregano (can be substituted for 1 tsp dried)
  • Salt and black pepper

Instructions

  • In a small mixing bowl combine olive oil, finely crushed garlic (use a garlic press if you have one), thyme, rosemary, and oregano.
  • Generously salt and pepper the lamb chops from both sides. Then brush the oil-herb mixture on top (again, from both sides). Use a spoon, if you don't have a brush.
  • Optional: for a stronger flavor, after you brush the lamb chops with the oil mixture, pop them in a fridge for an hour or two, and let them marinate.
  • Melt 2 tbsp butter in a large skillet over medium-high heat. When the butter melts, place the lamb chops in the skillet. Fry for 4-6 minutes per side, for them medium-rare, or a couple of minutes more for medium. If you feel like the pan is getting dry, add a couple of extra chunks of butter.
  • Serve right away, with a sauce and a side dish of your choice.

Notes

Cooked lamb lasts in the refrigerator for about 3-4 days. So you can cook lamb chops as a part of meal-prep and enjoy them for dinner and lunch for a few days after.
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