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Air Fryer Lamb Chops

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Olena Osipov
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Make the most perfect and easy Air Fryer Lamb Chops! With simple 3 ingredient marinade, the chops turn out juicy and tender with a beautiful sear.

Have time? Make this super popular boneless leg of lamb recipe!

Lamb chops in air fryer with rosemary sprigs and lemon.

I love lamb a lot! Air fryer lamb chops are succulent pieces of flavorful meat that have a nice crust on the outside and are tender enough to sink your teeth into.

I find there’s no need to reserve lamb for special occasions when they’re this easy to make!

Celebrate Easter or the fact you made it through another work week with delicious perfectly cooked lamb chops marinated in rosemary, garlic, and olive oil.

It’s the easiest way to get the most tender flavorful chops on your dinner table!

Sliced air fryer lamb chops showing medium rare meat in a baking dish with rosemary sprigs and lemon.

Ingredients you Will Need

I cook these lamb chops in my favorite Cosori air fryer because it fits 4 chops at a time. So, only 2 batches.

Besides the air fryer you will need:

  • Lamb chops: I used 8 small lamb chops with bone-in. You can use rack of lamb cut into chops too.
  • Olive oil: First, as part of the marinade, helping to penetrate the flavors into the meat and helping everything adhere to the chops. As well, it’s helpful in the air fryer as a nonstick agent and the air fryer needs a small amount of oil to get a nice outer crust.
  • Rosemary: Use fresh sprigs or dried, whatever you’ve got.
  • Garlic: Minced garlic is just one of a few ingredients that make up this simple marinade and it packs a ton of aromatic flavor.
  • Salt & pepper: The only part of the seasoning that happens after the marinade, to be added just before air frying. Brings out the flavors that much more without drying out the meat.

Why do I not add salt until right before cooking the lamb? Because it starts the cooking process immediately and the last thing you want is tough air fried lamb chops.

  • Lemon (optional): Finish off the lamb chops with a squirt of lemon before serving.
Lamb chops, olive oil, lemon, rosemary, garlic, salt and pepper.

How to Cook Lamb Chops in Air Fryer

The hardest part of this recipe is just waiting for the 30 minutes it takes for the meat to marinate! Seriously, even the clean up is easy. No need to spray the basket either because of oil in marinade.

  • Make the marinade: In a large bowl, whisk together the olive oil, rosemary, and garlic. Add the lamb chops and toss them around. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes to as much as overnight.
  • Preheat the air fryer: Set it to 400 degrees F and preheat for 5 minutes. Then place as many you can fit marinated chops into the basket, sprinkle each chop with salt and pepper, flip and repeat on another side.
  • Air fry: See below for recommended cook times depending on how you like your meat! Serve immediately with a squirt of lemon juice if desired and your choice of sides. Keep reading for complete meal ideas!

How Long to Cook Lamb Chops in Air Fryer

  • Rare – 11 minutes or until internal T 120°F
  • Medium rare – 12 minutes or until internal T 125°F (pictured)
  • Medium – 13 minutes or until internal T 130°F
  • Well done – 14 minutes or until internal T 145°F and higher.

Optional Add-In’s and Variations

  • Fresh or dried herbs: You could use fresh thyme, dried thyme, or fresh or dried tarragon instead of rosemary.
  • Fresh herbs: Fresh mint is also another herb that pairs well with lamb.
  • Zesty: For a zestier kick, add some Dijon mustard to the marinade.
  • Garlic powder: If you don’t have fresh minced garlic, go ahead and use garlic powder. Onion powder too!
  • Vinegar: A balsamic or red wine vinegar would add an acidic component which would penetrate down to the bone, but also help to break down the fibers in the meat, making it even more tender.

Using acid in your marinade? If so, make sure to marinate for no longer than 30 minutes. Otherwise, the acid will break down the fibers too much starting the cooking process.

Tips for Best Results

  • My air fryer size: I use a large 5.8 quart Cosori air fryer. If yours is smaller, fit as many ingredients as you can, as long as they are in a single layer. Overcrowding can lead to a lack of delicious crust.
  • Accurate temperature: If you haven’t invested in a digital kitchen thermometer yet, I highly recommend it. It’s the best way to tell whether your meat is cooked to your liking. That’s especially important when you’re serving other people!
  • Achieve the sear: Not every air fryer recipe requires a preheat. This one does, because we want a nice crust from a gorgeous sear. 
  • Keep them warm: If you’re working in batches, lay the finished chops on a rack on a foil-lined baking sheet and keep them warm in the oven on low until they’re all ready to be served.

FAQs

How do you know when lamb is cooked?

Each piece of lamb will look different and have a different temperature reading depending on how you like them. The best and most accurate way to know is to use a digital thermometer. At a minimum, it should read 120 degrees for rare and 145 degrees and up for well done.

What is the difference between lamb chops and lamb loin chops?

Typically, the lamb chops we see that come from racks of lamb are the ones we see with the one bone sticking out of them (mostly trimmed for presentation). It’s tender meat, as are lamb loin chops, but the loin chops are not cut from the rib.

How long can you marinate the chops?

Because our marinade does not contain salt or acid, up to 48 hours is acceptable for this recipe.

Air fryer lamb chops, rosemary, and lemon slices in serving dish.

How to Serve Air Fried Lamb Chops?

These air fried lamb chops are easy and quick enough for a weeknight meal, but fancy enough for special occasions and make for a perfect Easter meal.

They are great along all kinds of veggie dishes and sides. Try them with:

How to Store Leftover Air Fried Lamb Chops?

Store: Keep leftover cooked chops in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 4 days.

To reheat: Use the air fryer again to reheat the lamb for 3-4 minutes at 300 degrees F.

More Air Fryer Recipes to Try

Air fried lamb chops garnished with lemon slices and rosemary sprigs inside the basket.
Air Fryer Lamb Chops

Air Fryer Lamb Chops

Make the most perfect and easy Air Fryer Lamb Chops! With simple 3 ingredient marinade, the chops turn out juicy and tender with a beautiful sear.
5 from 1 vote
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Course: Dinner
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 3 minutes
Cook Time: 11 minutes
Marinating Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 44 minutes
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 636kcal
Author: Olena Osipov

Ingredients

  • 8 small lamb chops
  • 2 tbsp olive oil extra virgin
  • 1 tbsp fresh or dried rosemary chopped
  • 4 garlic cloves grated
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp ground black pepper
  • 1 lemon optional for serving

Instructions

  • In a large bowl, add olive oil, rosemary and garlic; stir. Add lamb chops and using your hands or tongs toss to coat evenly. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes to overnight.
  • Preheat air fryer to 400 degrees F. Remove lamb chops from the bowl and sprinkle with salt and pepper on both sides.
  • Air fry in 2-3 batches, depending on your size of air fryer at 400 degrees F. Here are the recommended cook times:
    – for rare – 11 minutes or until internal T 120°F
    – for medium rare – 12 minutes or until internal T 125°F (pictured)
    – for medium – 13 minutes or until internal T 130°F
    – for well done – 14 minutes or until internal T 145°F and higher.
  • Serve immediately with a squeeze of lemon, if you wish, and your favorite side and salad.

Store: Refrigerate in an airtight container for up to 4 days.

    Reheat: Reheat lamb chops in air fryer at 300 degrees F for 3-4 minutes or until warm.

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      Notes

      • My air fryer size: I use a large 5.8 quart Cosori air fryer. If yours is smaller, fit as many ingredients as you can, as long as they are in a single layer. Overcrowding can lead to a lack of delicious crust.
      • Accurate temperature: If you haven’t invested in a digital kitchen thermometer yet, I highly recommend it. It’s the best way to tell whether your meat is cooked to your liking. That’s especially important when you’re serving other people!
      • Achieve the sear: Not every air fryer recipe requires a preheat. This one does, because we want a nice crust from a gorgeous sear. 
      • Resting time: A 5 minute rest does wonders!

      Nutrition

      Serving: 2chops | Calories: 636kcal | Carbohydrates: 1g | Protein: 84g | Fat: 31g | Saturated Fat: 11g | Cholesterol: 257mg | Sodium: 782mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g

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