Juicy lamb chops take a trip to the Middle East with a quick herb-and-lemon rub and a tangy cucumber-tahini sauce. Serve with couscous or rice pilaf and a green salad.

Melissa Pasanen
Source: EatingWell Magazine, January/February 2011


Recipe Summary

45 mins


Ingredient Checklist


Instructions Checklist
  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.

  • Combine lemon zest, oregano, 3/4 teaspoon salt and pepper in a small bowl. Rub the mixture onto both sides of lamb chops and set aside for at least 10 minutes or refrigerate for up to 1 hour.

  • Meanwhile, combine tahini, yogurt, cucumber, lemon juice, garlic, parsley and the remaining 1/2 teaspoon salt in a small bowl. Whisk in enough water to thin the sauce to desired consistency.

  • Heat oil in a large ovenproof nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add the lamb chops and cook until browned on one side, about 2 minutes. Turn them over and transfer the pan to the oven. Roast until an instant-read thermometer inserted horizontally into a chop registers 135 degrees F for medium-rare, 8 to 14 minutes, depending on thickness. Serve the chops with the tahini sauce.


Make Ahead Tip: Prepare sauce (Step 3), cover and refrigerate for up to 3 days. Prepare rub and rub onto lamb chops (Step 2) and refrigerate for up to 1 hour.

Tip: Tahini is a thick paste of ground sesame seeds. Look for it in large supermarkets in the Middle Eastern section or near other nut butters.

Nutrition Facts

269 calories; protein 23.3g; carbohydrates 7.2g; dietary fiber 1.4g; sugars 1.9g; fat 16.7g; saturated fat 3.7g; cholesterol 61.8mg; vitamin a iu 120.4IU; vitamin c 15.1mg; folate 38.4mcg; calcium 81.4mg; iron 2.1mg; magnesium 39.8mg; potassium 403.8mg; sodium 423mg; thiamin 0.3mg.

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Rating: 5 stars
Delicious! Easy! Loved this recipe my teenagers loved it too. Pros: Delicious easy many on-hand ingredients Cons: Lamb is not inexpensive Read More
Rating: 5 stars
Never tried Lamb My boyfriend can't stop talking about this since I made it 4 days ago. Everything about this was divine from the juicy lmb itself the way it's cooked (seared and baked) and that super delicious sauce. Winner. Pros: Meat is delicious sauce is outstanding Cons: bones but that has nothing to do with the recipe Read More
Rating: 4 stars
tasty and easy Very easy to make and very tasty. The sauce would be good with other meats. Read More