These air fryer lamb chops are the quintesstial of a home cook who was late on the air fryer trend and now makes every weeknight dinner in the air fryer. That home cook is me, hello and I'm in love with the air fryer! (It's been a minute!) The convenience, short time frame and hands off approach is enough to impress anyone who wants convenience without compromising on flavor.
Flavor is the word you are looking for with these air fryer lamb chops. They are tender, juicy and oh my, mouthwatering.
If you are not yet convinced on why you should make these air fryer lamb chops, instead of the stove, here's a few reasons.
- Hands off
- Easy and quick (15 Minutes!)
- Healthier - less/no oil
The best way to enjoy lamb chops is with some kind of marinade and it doesn't have to be fancy, creamy or over the top. Something simple that will accentuate the taste of the lamb. It cooks quick and the meat remains tender. Here we are using the best lamb rub from Smell and Taste. It's not only 100% natural ingredients, it exudes the best aromas, taste and smell.
A few simple ingredients to marinade the meat and if you have time, leave it in the fridge for a couple of hours. Otherwise, cook it immediately it's refreshingly tasty!
Lamb chops: I'm using Grass Fed Finished Lamb Chops which evidently taste so different to my regular purchase of meat. I've recently been tasting all the grass fed finished meat from my daughters supply. This was part of her healing process for over 2 years after eliminating foods from her diet. Fortunately I'm not a big meat person at all, even though I prepare so many meat dishes on my blog. Ironically I am more a quinoa, spinach, eggs, and couscous type person but my family loves meat hence the recipes. Grass fed finish is more expensive than regular meat but it's one of those 'once you try it, you can't go back, type of thing' so it's worth making cuts somewhere else.
Olive oil: Barely any since lamb has it's own fat, but then again, I found that this lamb had a good meat to fat ratio.
Garlic: I used a lot of garlic here for 4 lamb chops but the garlic is part of this delicious marinate.
Lamb spice: Last but not least this lamb spice from Smell and Taste has all the right combinations for your lamb. No need for lemon, mint or zest since they are already inside the spice as well as smoky elements that complement any meat.
Feel free to use your favorite lamb spice or visit our online shop.
How To Make Air Fryer Lamb Chops
The most important detail here is making sure that the lamb chops are dry before you season.
- Pat the lamb chops dry by using kitchen paper towel
- Place the chops into a Ziplock bag
- Add salt, pepper, olive oil, crushed garlic and lamb dry rub
- Seal the bag and coat with you finger pressing over the bag making sure all the chops are well coated.
At this point, you can leave it in the fridge to marinade or cook it now! Yes the flavors are deeper after a couple of hours in the marinade and you might actually find them more tender. However, it also depends on the type of marinade and the quality of your meat, so use this as guideline. There is not only one way and only one outcome. Either way, you are going to have tender tasteful lamb chops. Find the full recipe card below.
Tips and Suggestions
Type of Meat: If you can't find Grass Fed meat or Grass Fed Finish then try and buy the best quality lamb chops. Make sure that it's lamb since mutton might be too tough for the air fryer.
Olive Oil: You can use any oil you like, avocado is another oil associated with lamb but we are using the best quality cold pressed extra virgin olive oil from Smell and Taste. The reason why olive oil is associated with lamb is because it inherits the healthy eating concept of Mediterranean eating since it's used in their cuisine.
Fat on Lamb: While I agree that the body needs fat, what I would suggest (if you are like me and are not in favor of too much fat) is trim a little off. I think I did mention earlier that when buying your lamb aim for a fair ratio of meat to fat. Sometimes, from experience, you get a really poor butcher and they simply 'pack it up' for you. I hate that because you can almost feel that there was no love lost there and that's very off-putting. Anyway, I've found myself like a butcher in my kitchen cleaning and sourcing to speak, so choose carefully.
Internal Temperature: We all like our meat different and there's no shame in your choice, own it. Using an instant read thermometer is a great help although there are many ways to see if your meat is good for you if you've been cooking for a long time. For today, let's use a meat thermometer.
48°C will give you a rare lamb
62° well done
How You Can Cook Your Lamb Chops
I'm obviously very excited about the air fryer but there are many traditional ways we've been cooking lamb chops.
- In the oven
- On the stove top, pan frying which gives a great sear and also loads juices!
- On the grill outside, on the grill inside
- On a fire outside in a pan. I think you get the gist of this 🙂
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Air Fryer Lamb Chops (Grass Fed)
- 4 lamb chops
- 2 tbsps. olive oil
- 3 cloves of garlic minced
- salt and pepper to taste
- fresh thyme
- 1 tbsp. lamb dry rub Smell and Taste
- Dry the lamb chops with kitchen tissue paper.
- Add the lamb chops, salt & pepper, garlic, olive oil and lamb dry rub spice into a Ziploc bag and make sure it's sealed.
- Use your fingers to gently press all over the outside of the bag, the idea is to get the chops well coated. It might look like they need oil but they don't, this recipe measures accurately for tender chops.
- Place a sheet of baking paper into the air fryer basket (easy clean up and gorgeous juices from the meat to collect later)
- Place your lamb chops neatly into the basket, not overlapping and air fry on 200℃/400F for 5 minutes. Remove and use a pair of tongs to turn them over, continue air frying for another 5 minutes. You can leave them another 1 to 2 minutes for more of a roast however, this timing gave me tender meat and another minute and a half took it from medium to well done, so use a guideline.
- Rest the chops for 5 minutes before serving for the juices to redistribute and serve with fresh thyme.