Lamb Chops With Cilantro and Mint Sauce

These lamb chops are grilled to perfection and are easy and quick thanks to a nifty combination of mint and cilantro that you can use either as a marinade or as a simple finishing sauce, depending on how much time you can spare.

Two grilled lamb chops with cilantro-mint sauce on a white plate with a fork and a sprig of cilantro to garnish.

These lamb chops take their flavor from a quick, simple, nifty little trick that works wonders at banishing boredom from the weeknight dinner table. Here’s the trick. If you’ve got no time to use the cilantro mint mixture as a marinade, no worries. Just reserve the mixture as a finishing sauce instead. The herb sauce also works admirably on shrimp as well as sea scallops. Originally published July 15, 2010.Renee Schettler Rossi

Lamb Chops With Cilantro and Mint Sauce

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  • 10 M
  • 30 M
  • Serves 4
5/5 - 2 reviews
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  • For the cilantro-mint marinade and sauce
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Make the cilantro honey marinade and sauce

In a food processor fitted with the metal blade, combine the ginger, mint, cilantro, honey, vinegar, oil, salt, and pepper and process until completely blended and smooth. Taste and adjust the seasoning accordingly.

Place the lamb chops in a resealable plastic bag and pour in 1/4 cup marinade and sauce. Turn the lamb in the bag to coat it evenly. Close the bag and refrigerate it for at least 30 minutes or up to 4 hours, turning it once or twice. Cover and refrigerate the remaining unused marinade and sauce separately.

Grill the lamb chops

Prepare a grill or an oiled grill pan over medium-high heat. Transfer the lamb to the grill or the grill pan, discarding the used marinade. Cook the lamb for 5 to 7 minutes per side for medium-rare, depending on the thickness. Transfer the lamb to a cutting board and let rest for a few minutes.

Place the lamb chops on serving plates, criss-crossing the bone ends for a pretty presentation if you like. Spoon the remaining refrigerated marinade and sauce over the top and, if desired, garnish with mint or cilantro leaves.

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I tried these lamb chops both ways, one without marinating and one with about an hour of marinating. The lamb chops do benefit from a bit of marinating, but the sauce is so great that there’s really no need to wait if you don’t want to. The mint and cilantro sauce is tempered by the honey and rice wine vinegar so that you get a sweetish, smooth, cooling sauce that perfectly complements the grilled lamb. NOTE: The recipe produces a fair amount of sauce, so you could make 2 racks worth of lamb chops. When cutting racks of lamb yourself, the thickness is going to vary. This recipe would still work if they were thicker—even double rib chops would be spectacular done this way.

Lamb with mint is one of my favorite combinations. This grilled lamb dish is easy to fix and simple enough for a weeknight meal, yet perfect for entertaining. The marinade is a perfect blend of mint, cilantro, ginger, and honey, with just a little bit of acid from the rice wine vinegar. I chose to marinate it for about 3 hours. You won’t want to leave the lamb on the grill for too long, as it cooks up very quickly.

I have always been a purist, grilling lamb chops with just coarse sea salt and dried herbs, such as herbs de Provence. But I wanted to try a different one and oh, am I glad I did. What is nice about this recipe is that you can create the marinade way ahead of time, and the longer the lamb stays in it, the tastier it will be. As we were grilling, the smell was amazing. The mint and cilantro mix was pretty powerful yet was nicely balanced with the lamb itself. Lamb chops can sometimes seem a tad heavy given their natural fat content, but the aroma of the herbs really counter-balanced this. I must say, this absolutely converted me from the usual way I prepared lamb.

I absolutely love lamb chops, but I usually stick with a simple seasoning because the flavor of the lamb is what makes it so great. However, this marinade and sauce is going into my rotation from now on! It’s so easy to blend, and the mint and cilantro give it a fresh twist. The flavors don’t really penetrate the lamb too much in an hour, but that’s what the sauce is for. Because the chops are already sliced, they grill up super fast. My only gripe is that two chops is not a serving in our house! I can easily eat three or four by myself.

I really loved the cilantro, mint, and ginger combination with the grilled lamb. If your market doesn’t have rib chops, you can buy a rack and cut the chops yourself, which is what I did. The only problem with this is the spacing of the ribs—the thickness of the chops varies from one end of the rack to the other, so you’ll get thick chops from one end, and thin ones from the other. I had to adjust the timing a bit for the chops that were especially thick or thin. The next time I make this, I’ll reduce the oil in the portion of the marinade used as a sauce, adding a bit of salted water, as in an Argentine chimichurri sauce.

Lamb is one of my (many) weaknesses. I have tons of grilled lamb recipes, and this lamb chops with cilantro and mint sauce recipe will be moved to the top of the list. I marinated the lamb for 8 hours to allow the flavous to really permeate the meat. The honey and vinegar add lots of depth, and the sweetness and acidity go incredibly well with the lamb and mint. The ginger adds a bit of heat and character, while the pretty herbs add yet another layer of flavor. The final product is an impressive, high-end, restaurant-quality dish. My husband, not a lamb lover, is now being won over! I can just see him requesting this over and over and over.


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  1. Just to let you know that this dish made the list of the 25 mouthwatering dishes from different blogs…Cheers!

    1. Denise, why thank you for telling us. Such great company. I’ve added a link to your comment so that all our readers can see the 24 other great recipes. Happy New Year!

  2. Give me lamb chops any day of the week! It’s my favourite of all meats and this recipe looks like a winner! The marinade appeals to me a lot and I will definitely give it a try but will only add the salt just before I cook the chops. Salt draws out the water of the meat and can sometimes leave it dry when cooked. Has anyone else heard of this?


    1. This recipe is my go-to lamb recipe, Tonia, so I can vouch for it, with or without the marinade! And yes, we’re very familiar with the notion of salt drawing out moisture. However, in a marinade situation, I dare say this is preferable, as it facilitates a sort of osmosis in which the lamb’s excess moisture is drawn out and the marinade solution is drawn in…does that make sense to any of you more science-minded folks?

  3. I keep a photocopy of this recipe in my kitchen. At all times. It bears a bewitching sweet-tart lilt, an impressive enough look, and a relatively hassle-free practicality given there are no hard-to-find ingredients, fussy techniques, or time-consuming cleanup. As a happy consequence, I never have to compromise taste when I need a simple, go-to recipe. It fancies up not just lamb but shrimp, salt-baked fish, even grilled or takeout rotisserie chicken.

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