Roasting lamb loin chops may seem like an impossible feat for any amateur chef, but you'll be enjoying the tender and juicy meat in no time with these helpful tips and recipes.
Here’s what you’ll need:
- A large ovenproof frying pan
- Aluminum foil
- 4 lamb loin chops (about 1 1/4 inches thick)
- Salt and freshly ground black pepper
- 1 to 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
Here’s what to do:
- Heat the oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit and arrange a rack in the middle.
- Pat the lamb chops dry with paper towels and season with salt and pepper on both sides.
- Place enough oil in the frying pan to just coat the bottom, then heat over medium-high heat. When the oil smokes, place the lamb chops in the pan and cook undisturbed until a golden brown crust forms on the bottom, about three minutes.
- Turn the lamb chops over and cook undisturbed again until a golden brown crust forms on the second side, about three minutes more.
- Transfer the pan to the oven and roast the lamb chops until they reach the desired doneness, about eight to ten minutes for medium rare (about 130 degrees Fahrenheit on an instant-read thermometer).
- Remove the pan from the oven and transfer the lamb chops to a plate or cutting board. Cover loosely with foil and let rest for five minutes before serving.
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This article was originally published on September 13, 2010.