Are you looking for a simple way to marinate your cut of lamb? This Lamb Marinade Recipe makes cooking lamb a breeze! Using olive oil and lemon juice creates a good marinade that can be used for lamb loin chops, lamb steaks, or even a rack of lamb.
It can be a puzzle to figure out the best way to marinate cuts of lamb, but this delicious recipe takes care of that. It adds so much flavor that it's certain to take your juicy lamb chops to the next level. You can use this easy lamb chop marinade for a bold flavor, or have it be one of the easiest ways to highlight the flavor of tender lamb chops.
It's amazing how simple ingredients come together to create one of my favorite recipes. With how good this tastes, there's no reason to save this for only a special occasion. As a rule of thumb in my book, when I'm making Greek lamb chops, this is the recipe I always use!
If you're a fan of making your own sauces and marinades, be sure to check out my Quick London Broil Marinade as well. This is a different flavor, but a great one!
Olive oil - This helps to hold the ingredients together so that it can all be applied to the cut of lamb.
Lemon juice - Adds a nice citrus flavoring.
Garlic - I like to use fresh garlic, but garlic powder can be used in a pinch.
Dried oregano - This adds a great flavoring to the marinade.
Salt - Salt enhances all the other flavors.
Black pepper - For flavor. Add more or less to taste.
How To Make This Lamb Marinade Recipe
Step One: Add all the ingredients together in a small blender and combine. You want the garlic to get chopped.
Step Two: Coat the cut of lamb and let the flavors marinate for at least 2 hours.
Step Three: Place the marinated raw meat on a preheated grill, but place the lamb in an off-burner area.
Be sure to leave the other burners on high.
Step Four: Cook for 3-4 minutes per side.
Add fresh herbs - I'm a big believer that you can never have too many fresh herbs from the grocery store on hand. You can add fresh rosemary, fresh thyme, fresh mint, and anything else that will give the lamb meat a great flavor.
Use different cuts of lamb - I mentioned this a bit earlier, but you can use this simple marinade on different cuts of lamb. This would be amazing on lamb rib chops and lamb ribs, a lamb rack, lamb leg, and any other types of lamb meat.
Change the cooking method - If you want to cook this for a couple of minutes per side in a cast iron skillet, that can be a great way to make delicious lamb chops or other cuts of meat. The main thing that you want to pay attention to is the cooking time. Lamb recipes shouldn't be overcooked as you want to have tender and juicy lamb.
How do I store leftover marinade?
As any home cook knows, leftover marinade is a must to save - especially when you can use it on other recipes. Some other fresh meat option to use this delicious marinade on would be sirloin chops, and even cuts of chicken.
Store the leftover marinate in an airtight container or plastic sealable bag and keep it in the fridge. If you added the raw meat to the marinade, rather than pour the marinade on top from the bowl, it's advised to discard the marinade since it's been in contact with raw meat.
What other ingredients pair well with cooked lamb?
Vegetables are always a great pairing for most types of meat. Sliced red onions or cucumber salad would be a nice, refreshing side dish for this meal. You can also add healthy recipes like a simple side salad or a Greek salad, too.
Do I let cooked lamb rest after cooking?
It's always a good idea to let cooked meat rest. This is done so that the meat can cool and release the juices back into the meat, keeping it nice and juicy. For a simple lamb chop or cut or lamb, let the meat rest for 5 minutes. For larger cuts of meat, a 10-minute rest period should suffice.
There is no reason to tent the lamb with foil to let it rest. You can simply set it in the microwave or closed space to rest or leave it sitting on the table. Either option would work just fine.
Lamb Marinade Recipe
- ½ cup olive oil
- 1 tablespoon lemon juice
- 2 cloves garlic
- 1 teaspoon dried oregano
- 1 teaspoon salt
- ½ teaspoon black pepper
Grilled Lamb Chops
- 4 lamb chops
- Combine marinade ingredients in a blender. Blend until smooth.
- Marinade the lamb for at least two hours.
Grilled Lamb Chops
- Preheat the grill to high. Turn off one burner.
- Place lamb over the off burner, and leave the other burner(s) on high. Lamb fat can flair up into a fire very quickly. Cook for 3 to 4 minutes per side