Pan Fried Lamb Chops (Paleo, Keto, Whole30)

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One of my favorite meals is this Pan Fried Lamb Chops made from a rack of lamb! It’s so delicious, looks like it’s super fancy if you are entertaining, and actually really simple to make! There’s lots of different ways to make Rack of Lamb, but my go to is to pan fry it.

Ideas for sides

A simple veggie side goes well with this Pan Fried Lamb Chops. My go to is Sauteed Mushroom cooked with red wine. I also like making 2 sides with this dish, so my other side is usually something green. Some ideas are: Oven Roasted Asparagus, or Oven Roasted Brussels Sprouts. Of course, potatoes and other greens will work also!

oven roasted asparagus
Oven Roasted Asparagus
Oven Roasted Brussels Sprouts

Ideas for wine

I pair red wine with this dish. Technically, I love red wine, so I pretty much pair red wine with almost every dish, but for this one Red is the way to go! Typically, Cabernet Sauvignon, Zinfandel, or Bordeaux goes very well with Lamb, but obviously if you prefer Pinot Noir, or some other type of red – you do you!

About Cumin

There’s a Chinese dish called Cumin Lamb (孜然羊) that is fabulous. Next time you go to an authentic Sichuan restaurant, be sure to try it out! So, I definitely didn’t come up with the flavor combination of cumin and lamb, but boy do I love it – which is why I sometimes will add the cumin when I’m making this dish. Try it if you’re interested, but it is optional.

Ingredients

  • 8-rib rack of lamb
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon cumin powder (optional)
  • 2 tablespoons butter (or coconut oil if dairy free)

Instructions

Cut rack of lambs in to lamb chops. Season lamb chops liberally with salt, pepper, garlic powder, and optionally cumin powder.

Heat butter in a cast iron skillet on medium high heat. If you don’t have cast iron, this can also be done in a normal skillet.

Once hot, add the lamb chops and let it sear for about 3-4 minutes.

Using tongs, turn the lamb to cook the other side. Let it cook for another 3-4 minutes. I find that this gives me the perfect medium rare on my stove, but you may want to check your temperature, which is an internal temperature of 145 degrees for medium-rare.

Pan Fried Lamb Chops (Rack of Lamb)
Pan Fried Lamb Chops (Rack of Lamb)
Pan Fried Lamb Chops (Rack of Lamb)
Pan Fried Lamb Chops (Rack of Lamb)

Pan Fried Lamb Chops (Rack of Lamb)

Ingredients

  • 8-rib rack of lamb
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon cumin powder (optional)
  • 2 tablespoons butter (or coconut oil if dairy free)

Instructions

Cut rack of lambs in to lamb chops.

Season lamb chops liberally with salt, pepper, garlic powder, and optionally cumin powder.

Heat butter in a cast iron skillet on medium high heat. If you don’t have cast iron, this can also be done in a normal skillet.

Once hot, add the lamb chops and let it sear for about 3-4 minutes.

Using tongs, turn the lamb to cook the other side. Let it cook for another 3-4 minutes. I find that this gives me the perfect medium rare on my stove, but you may want to check your temperature, which is an internal temperature of 145 degrees for medium-rare.

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 2 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 699Total Fat: 61gSaturated Fat: 23gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 25gCholesterol: 202mgSodium: 1300mgCarbohydrates: 2gFiber: 0gSugar: 0gProtein: 38g

The nutrition information for this recipe is an approximate total per serving. Please double check the nutrition information for your exact ingredients and brands for more precise nutrition information.

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