My family members are meat lovers. Sounds familiar? If you are looking for an easy recipe to cook lamb then search no more! I am going to share with you one of my made up recipes inspired by my Morrocan step-mum. I will tell you the best way to cook lamb chops in the oven!
This recipe is an oven baked lamb chops with caramelised onions and delicious oriental flavors.
- 8 lamb chops
- 1/2 tbsp Tumeric
- 2 tbsp Paprika
- 3 tbsp Cumin
- 1 tsp Ginger
- 1/2 tsp White pepper
- 1/2 tsp Black pepper
- 1 tsp Salt
- 1 Garlic glove or 1TSP of infused olive oil with Garlic
- 1 tbsp Olive oil
- 1 Cup Water
- 2 tsp Flat Parsley
- 2 tsp Cilantro (UK - Coriander)
- 4 Big Onions or 5 mediums ones (you can do less if you want. I do this recipe mainly for its caramelised onions!)preheat your ovenin a bowl and mix the Tumeric, paprika, cumin, Ginger, White pepper, black pepper,salt, Garlic, Olive o
- Preheat your oven
- In a bowl and mix the Tumeric, paprika, cumin, Ginger, White pepper, black pepper,salt, Garlic, Olive oil, Cilantro and Parsley and the water. Mix to form a paste
- Place your lamb chops in an oven dish like this one
- Slice the onions in strips
- Place the onions on the lamb chops
- Mix the paste to the lamb chops and the onions
- Place in an oven covered with a foil sheet
- Let it cooked at 350 Degrees Fahrenheit/175 Degrees celsius for 45mn
- Remove the foil and check if it needs a tbsp of water to wet the meat if there is still water in the dish then just use a spoon to take the sauce and wet the top of the meat and onions.
- Let it cook for another 30 mn check again if it needs to be wet again
- Let it cook for another 15 mn depending on how cooked you want your meat to be
- Once the onions are nicely caramelised in the sauce, then your delicious lamb chops are ready!
Eat with bread, Potatoes or your favourite Green veggies!
Bon appetit 🙂
Answering some of your questions about Oven Cooked Lamb Chops
What Oven dish should I use?
Any basic oven safe baking dish will do – We recommend this one from amazon if you want to check what it looks like or the price.
How Cooked Should Lamb Chops Be?
That is up to you! Some people like it rare, medium or well done.
I personally like it well done, crispy on the outside and brown and tender inside
How To Make Tough lamb Chops Tender
You need to cook it for the right amount of time at the right temperature! Well that is not helpful, is it? Read below for more 🙂
For this recipe, what makes the lamb chops tender is the following
1- The marinade (you can marinate it with other spices for exemple Olive oil, Garlic and rosemary for 30 mn to 2 hours before cooking)
2- My special tip for tender lamb chop in the oven is to place a foil sheet to cover the meat for the first 30 to 45 mn, to allow the inside to cook slowly before the outside gets overcooked and dry.
3- Remove the foil for the rest of the time and leave it in the oven, adding water if necessary, or using a spoon to maintain the wetness of the dish. This will allow it to cook without drying.
4- Leave it another 10 mn to finish cooking, and let the water to evaporate to obtain just the right thickness in the sauce. We love caramelised onions slowly cooked in meat juice. So for me, a good indication of how cooked the meat is when the layer of onions has caramelised and the meat has a nice brown color throughout.
Does lamb Meat Get More Tender The Longer You Cook It?
Yes, in general if you cook lamb meat longer they will get tender. It also depends on the cut. BUT! Be careful to not overcook it, because it will end up with the opposite result!
How do you know when lamb chops are done?
There are two ways:
- With experience, trial and errors. The more you try it the more you will get to know how your oven heats and you will know what is the right amount of time to let your meat in the oven
- The most efficient ways for beginners or people that prefer numbers is to use a digital instant thermometer, like this one here. The temperature of the meat should reach between 140 Degrees F and 160 Degrees F (between 60 to 70 Degrees Celsius)