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 and nifty trick that will help banish boredom from your 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 and grill the chops plain. The herb sauce—and sneaky shortcut finishing sauce—also works admirably on roast chicken, sea scallops, and shrimp.–Renee Schettler

How long should I cook my lamb chops?

For optimal taste and texture, lamb chops should be cooked quickly over high heat. Grilling and pan-frying are methods that work exceptionally well by lending the lamb a tinge of color and flavor, thanks to fat sizzling until it sings. Because of their diminutive size, lamb chops don’t take long before they’re cooked and you want to make sure not to overcook them past the point of still juicy and tender. If you’re a digital thermometer kinda cook, you’re looking for a temperature of 130°F for medium-rare.

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
  • For the lamb chops


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. Move 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. Place the lamb on a cutting board and let rest for a few minutes.

Arrange 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. Originally published July 15, 2010.

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Recipe Testers' Reviews

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.

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. These grilled lamb chops with cilantro and mint are 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.


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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!

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  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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