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Perfect Lamb Loin Chops (Oven Guide)

Lamb Loin Chops with Balsamic Thyme Marinade

Lamb loin chops are a delightful weeknight dinner option. They cook quickly, boast a rich flavor, and pair beautifully with a variety of sides. But sometimes, the key to a truly delicious dish lies not in complex ingredients but in a simple and effective marinade.

This recipe highlights the natural taste of lamb loin chops with a marinade that’s bursting with fresh flavor. With just a handful of ingredients – fresh thyme, salt, pepper, balsamic vinegar, and garlic – you can elevate your lamb chops from ordinary to extraordinary.

Lamb Loin Chops with Balsamic Thyme Marinade
Lamb Loin Chops with Balsamic Thyme Marinade

Interested in learning more about Lamb Loin Chopt? Check out this guide.

The ingredients needed for the Lamb Loin Chops recipe:

  • Lamb loin chops, (bone-in or boneless): These are the main course protein for the recipe. Lamb loin chops come from the back of the lamb, known for their tenderness and mild, slightly sweet flavor. You can choose between bone-in or boneless chops. Bone-in chops add more flavor to the dish and can help keep the meat moist while cooking. However, boneless chops are easier to eat.
  • Olive oil: This healthy fat serves two purposes. It adds richness and moisture to the lamb chops during marinating, helping to prevent them from drying out. Olive oil also helps to create a nice sear on the chops when cooking.
  • Balsamic vinegar: This type of vinegar is aged, giving it a complex flavor profile that’s sweet and tangy. In the marinade, balsamic vinegar adds depth and a touch of acidity that balances the richness of the lamb. It can also be reduced later to create a delicious glaze for the cooked chops.
  • Garlic, minced or roughly chopped: Garlic is a key aromatic ingredient. Mincing it finely helps to release its strong, savory flavors that permeate the marinade and infuse the lamb chops. I prefer roughly chopped garlic because when roasted, the smokiness and creaminess add a nice tangy Mediterranean flavor.
  • Fresh thyme leaves, chopped (or 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme): Thyme is a fresh herb with a slightly peppery and floral aroma. It complements the lamb beautifully by adding a touch of freshness and herbaceousness to the dish. Fresh thyme leaves are ideal, but if you don’t have them on hand, dried thyme can be used as a substitute at a half-strength amount.
  • Salt: Salt is an essential ingredient for enhancing the natural flavors of the lamb chops. It draws out the juices and intensifies the overall taste of the dish.
  • Ground black pepper: A sprinkle of freshly ground black pepper adds a touch of heat and complexity to the marinade. It helps to balance the other flavors and creates a more well-rounded taste profile.
Lamb Loin Chops with Balsamic Thyme Marinade
Lamb Loin Chops with Balsamic Thyme Marinade

How to make the Lamb Loin Chops recipe

  • Marinate: Combine olive oil, balsamic vinegar, garlic, thyme, salt, and pepper in a dish or bag. Marinate the lamb chops for at least 30 minutes or up to overnight in the refrigerator.
  • Cook: Preheat your grill, grill pan, or oven to medium-high heat. Discard the marinade and cook the lamb chops for 3-4 minutes per side (grill/pan-sear) or bake for 10-12 minutes (oven) for medium-rare.
  • Rest: Let the cooked lamb chops rest for 5 minutes under foil before serving. This ensures juicy and tender meat.

Oven Magic

  • The Right Heat: Preheat your oven to 400°F (200°C). This creates a nice balance between even cooking and a beautiful sear (if you pre-seared).
  • Hitting the Sweet Spot: Lamb loin chops cook quickly. Here’s a guide for internal temperatures to achieve your desired doneness:
    • Rare: 125°F (52°C) – 10 minutes cooking time
    • Medium-Rare: 135°F (57°C) – 12-14 minutes cooking time (recommended)
    • Medium: 145°F (63°C) – 15-17 minutes cooking time
  • The Power of Resting: Once the chops are cooked, remove them from the oven and tent with foil. Let them rest for 5-10 minutes. This allows the juices to be redistributed, creating a more tender and flavorful bite.


  • Use a meat thermometer to ensure perfect doneness. For medium-rare lamb, the internal temperature should reach 135°F (57°C).
  • If using a grill or grill pan, sear the lamb chops for a nice crust before cooking them to the desired doneness.
  • For a thicker chop, adjust the cooking time accordingly.
  • Want to add a bit of sweetness? Brush the lamb chops with a mixture of honey and balsamic vinegar during the last few minutes of cooking.
  • This marinade can also be used for other cuts of lamb, such as leg of lamb steaks or shoulder chops.
Lamb Loin Chops with Balsamic Thyme Marinade
Lamb Loin Chops with Balsamic Thyme Marinade

Serving Suggestions:

Pair your delicious lamb chops with a variety of sides. Roasted vegetables, mashed potatoes, couscous, or a simple green salad are all excellent choices. Don’t forget to drizzle the balsamic reduction from the pan for an extra flavor boost!

Want to try other spices for your Lamb loin Chops?

  • Explore the Flavor Profile: Noubess offers a variety of blends, so choose one that complements your desired taste. For example, their “Adobo Seasoning” would add a smoky, garlicky, and slightly spicy kick, perfect for a Latin-inspired lamb dish. If you prefer a more classic approach, their “Herb Blend” would be a lovely choice.
  • Start Simple, Then Build: When using a new blend for the first time, begin with a lighter application. You can always add more to taste, but it’s harder to take away. Start with a half teaspoon of the blend per pound of lamb chops.
  • Combine and Conquer: Don’t be afraid to experiment! Noubess blends can be a great base, but feel free to add your own favorites. For example, pair their “Herb Blend” with a pinch of cayenne pepper for a touch of heat, or add a sprinkle of rosemary for a more pronounced herbal flavor.
  • Consider Marinades: Noubess blends can be fantastic additions to marinades. Use their blend as a starting point, then add olive oil, citrus juice, and fresh herbs (Haitian Epis) for a deeply flavorful soak for your lamb chops.
  • Beyond the Rub: Seasoning blends aren’t just for rubs! Sprinkle a little on roasted vegetables alongside your lamb for added depth of flavor. You can even use them to create a quick pan sauce by deglazing the pan drippings with some wine or broth and stirring in a bit of the blend.

By following these tips, you can confidently use Noubess seasoning blends or any other favorites to create delicious and unique variations on your roasted lamb loin chops!

With this simple recipe and a quick marinade, you can create a restaurant-worthy lamb loin chop dish in the comfort of your own home. So ditch the complicated recipes and savor the taste of perfectly seasoned lamb with a hint of fresh thyme and balsamic vinegar.

Lamb Loin Chops with Balsamic Thyme Marinade

Lamb Loin Chops with Balsamic Thyme Marinade

Savor tender lamb loin chops bursting with flavor! This easy recipe uses a simple marinade of fresh thyme, balsamic vinegar, and garlic for a delicious weeknight meal.
Prep Time 40 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Course Main Course, Main Dishes
Servings 4
Calories 422 kcal


  • 4 lamb loin chops about 1 inch thick (bone-in or boneless)
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 teaspoon fresh thyme leaves chopped (or 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme)
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper


  • In a shallow dish or resealable bag, whisk together olive oil, balsamic vinegar, garlic, thyme, salt, and pepper.
  • Add the lamb chops to the marinade, ensuring they are well coated. Cover the dish or seal the bag and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes, or up to overnight for deeper flavor.
  • When ready to cook, preheat your grill, grill pan, or oven to medium-high heat. Remove the lamb chops from the marinade and discard the marinade.
  • Grill or pan-sear the lamb chops for 3-4 minutes per side for medium-rare, or until desired doneness is reached. Alternatively, bake in a preheated oven at 400°F (200°C) for 10-12 minutes for medium-rare.
  • Once cooked, transfer the lamb chops to a plate and tent with foil. Let them rest for 5 minutes before serving. This allows the juices to redistribute, resulting in a more tender and flavorful chop.


Calories: 422kcalCarbohydrates: 2gProtein: 19gFat: 37gSaturated Fat: 14gPolyunsaturated Fat: 3gMonounsaturated Fat: 17gCholesterol: 84mgSodium: 356mgPotassium: 262mgFiber: 0.1gSugar: 1gVitamin A: 25IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 25mgIron: 2mg

Please keep in mind that nutritional information is a rough estimate and can vary greatly based on the products used.

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