Indulge in a culinary ritual that’s become a staple at my dinner table every other week – lamb cutlets. Quick to prepare, they’ve gained the reputation as a beloved weeknight favorite. The below given recipe served with a zesty squeeze of lemon and a side of crisp salad promises to elevate any dining experience, infusing each bite with a burst of freshness and tastefulness. In this article, I’ll unveil the ultimate lamb cutlets recipe, guaranteed to tantalize your taste buds.


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  • 6 lamb cutlets
  • 6 center loin lamb chops, well-trimmed
  • 4 tbsp olive oil
  • 4 tbsp lemon juice
  • 7 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 1/2 tbsp honey
  • 1 1/2 tbsp dried oregano
  • 1/2 tbsp sweet paprika
  • 1 tsp rosemary leaves, finely chopped
  • 2 tsp salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper, to taste


Prepare the Marinade:

  • In a shallow non-metallic dish, combine olive oil, minced garlic, lemon zest and juice, paprika, herbs (such as rosemary or thyme), and honey.
  • Season the marinade with salt and pepper to taste.
  • Stir the ingredients until well combined.

Marinate the Lamb Cutlets:

  • Place the lamb cutlets in the dish with the marinade, turning them to coat evenly.
  • Cover the dish and let the lamb marinate for at least 10 minutes. For optimal flavor, marinate for up to 24 hours, covered with clingfilm in the fridge.

Preheat the Grill or Griddle Pan:

  • Light the barbecue or preheat a griddle pan over a high heat until it’s smoking hot. This ensures a good sear on the lamb cutlets

Cook the Lamb Cutlets:

  • Shake off any excess marinade from the lamb cutlets.
  • Place the lamb cutlets on the barbecue over medium-hot coals or on the preheated griddle pan.
  • Cook the lamb cutlets for about 3 minutes on each side. If the cutlets are thicker, add an extra minute per side. For rarer lamb, cook for 2.5 minutes per side. Let’s read the complete guide here.
  • The lamb cutlets should be cooked through but still juicy. Adjust the cooking time based on your desired level of doneness.

Rest the Lamb Cutlets:

  • Once cooked, remove the lamb cutlets from the heat.
  • Cover them loosely with foil and let them rest for about 5 minutes. This allows the juices to redistribute and ensures tender, flavorful meat.

Serve the Lamb Cutlets:

  • Plate the lamb cutlets and serve them with a fresh salad and crusty bread.
  • Enjoy your deliciously marinated and grilled lamb cutlets!

Following these steps will result in perfectly cooked lamb cutlets with a flavorful marinade, ready to be enjoyed as a main dish.