Air Fryer Lamb Chops

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Air fryer lamb chops are elegant, delicious, and perfect for a special evening at home. Cooking lamb chops in air fryer is a simple and fast way to make a restaurant-quality meal in just a few minutes.

Suitable for gluten free, low carb, keto, paleo, and Whole30 diets. Post includes Weight Watchers points.

top down view of the finished air fryer lamb chops

If you are looking for lamb with a flavorful crusty exterior and juicy, succulent meat, you will love lamb chops in the air fryer. The quick cooking time and the circulating air mean that these air fryer lamb chops are perfectly cooked with almost no effort. 

Lamb chops are typically less gamey than other cuts of lamb, especially when cooked to medium doneness or less.

The seasoning blend is simple but not boring and can be easily modified to fit your taste. Cooking lamb chops in the air fryer is so easy, and the flavor is unique and a welcome change from beef, chicken, and pork. 

Pair the lamb chops with a few of your favorite sides, such as mashed potatoes and roasted vegetables, or whip up these Air Fryer Baby Potatoes for a romantic and elegant meal that’s restaurant worthy. 

And if you want even more lamb recipes, then you need to check out my Grilled Lamb Kabobs, Instant Pot Lamb Shoulder, and this hearty Moroccan Lamb Stew.

The completed air fryer lamb chops served on a white plate

Why Make This Recipe

  • It’s simple – Season lamb chops with a handful of spices you have on hand and cook. It doesn’t get more simple than that.  
  • It’s quick – Depending on your desired level of doneness, these chops will be cooked to perfection in 10-15 minutes.  
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Ingredient Notes

  • Lamb Chops – Look for chops that are similar in thickness. Lamb chops usually have the bone attached. 
  • Olive Oil – Use your favorite light, neutral flavored oil.
  • Dry Seasonings – onion salt, garlic powder, coriander, and oregano add a nice warm, earthy aromatic flavor to the lamb. You can swap it with garlic salt and onion powder if desired. 
  • Lemon Zest – Lemon zest is optional but adds brightness to the flavor. Use fresh lemon zest whenever possible.   
the ingredients for making air fryer lamb chops

Ready to make these lamb chops in air fryer? Gather your ingredients and I will show you…

How To Cook Lamb Chops in Air Fryer

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  1. Use paper towels to pat dry the lamb chops and brush both sides with olive oil. 
  2. Combine onion salt, garlic powder, ground coriander, oregano, and lemon zest in a small bowl. Sprinkle the seasoning onto both sides of the chops. 
  3. Place the lamb chops in a single layer in the air fryer basket. 
  4. Cook for 7 minutes at 375 degrees F / 190 degrees C. Flip the chops and cook for 7-8 minutes or until the desired doneness is reached. 
image collage showing the steps for making this air fryer lamb chops recipe

Lamb Chop Doneness Guide

Lamb chops should be cooked to a minimum internal temperature of 120 degrees F / 49 degrees C. The total cooking time can vary depending on the thickness of your chops and your desired level of doneness. Use a meat thermometer to check for doneness using the chart below. 

  • Rare – 120 degrees F / 49 degrees C
  • Medium Rare – 125 degrees F / 52 degrees C
  • Medium – 130 degrees F / 54 degrees C
  • Well Done – 145 degrees F / 63 degrees C

Lamb chops may have a gamey flavor when cooked to a higher temperature, so cooking beyond medium is not recommended. 

close up view of the cooked lamb chops in the air fryer basket

Expert Tips 

  • Washing lamb chops is not necessary, but you should pat them dry with paper towels before cooking. 
  • Use a silicone brush to coat the chops with olive oil. 
  • If desired, cover the lamb chops with plastic wrap after seasoning and let them rest for 30 minutes to absorb the flavors. 
  • Preheat air fryer so the lamb chops get a nice sear and crust on the outside. 
  • Cooking times may vary depending on the model of air fryer, the thickness of your lamb chops, or your desired level of doneness. 
  • Place lamb chops in a single layer. You may need to air fry in batches so you don’t overcrowd the air fryer. 
  • Cooking beyond medium is not recommended and may bring out a gamey flavor. 
  • Always use a meat thermometer to check for doneness.
  • Let the cooked lamb chops rest for a few minutes before serving. 
the finished lamb chops recipe garnished with cherry tomatoes and served on a white plate

Delicious Variations

  • Marinated Chops – You can use the same recipe below to create a marinade. Increase the olive oil to ¼ cup and mix in the spices. Pour the oil mixture into a ziplock bag or a dish along with all the chops and marinate for 30 minutes to an hour.
  • Add Acidity – Replace a portion of the oil (up to 2 tablespoons)  with balsamic vinegar, red wine vinegar, or lemon juice. 
  • Fresh Garlic – Use two cloves of freshly minced garlic instead of garlic powder. 
  • Swap The Herbs – Instead of oregano, use dried rosemary or thyme. You could also use an Italian seasoning blend. Feel free to substitute fresh rosemary, fresh thyme, or any fresh herbs.

Prep And Storage

  • Prep Ahead – Chops can be seasoned and covered with plastic wrap for 30 minutes to 1 hour before cooking or refrigerated overnight. 
  • Store – Cover and store in an airtight container in the fridge for 3-4 days. 
  • Freeze – Leftover lamb can be frozen for up to 3 months. Defrost overnight in the fridge before reheating. 
  • Reheat – Reheat in the air fryer until the meat is warmed through. Avoid overcooking or the meat will become tough. 
A plate of cooked lamb chops ready to serve

FAQs

How Long To Cook Lamb Chops In Air Fryer?

The time for cooking air fryer lamb chops may vary depending on your air fryer model, the thickness of the chops and your desired level of doneness.

On average, lamb chops will be ready in about 20-25 minutes, but you will want to use a digital meat thermometer to check for doneness. 

How Long Can You Marinate Lamb Chops?

Brush with oil, add the seasoning and let the lamb chops sit for 30 minutes to 1 hour at room temperature before cooking. Alternately, season the chops, cover them with plastic wrap and refrigerate overnight.

You can add additional oil to create more of a marinade. Bring them to room temperature for at least 30 minutes before air frying. 

What Is The Difference Between Lamb Chops and Lamb Loin Chops?

The difference between lamb chops and lamb loin chops boils down to the part of the lamb the meat is cut from. Lamb chops are cut from the shoulder, and lamb loin chops are cut from the ribs and are sometimes labeled as rib chops. This recipe works well for either cut, so choose the one you prefer. 

the completed lamb chops air fryer recipe ready to be served

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Weight Watchers Points

There are 7 Blue Plan SmartPoints in one serving of this.

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Air Fryer Lamb Chops

Tender, succulent lamb chops in minutes.
Prep Time5 minutes
Cook Time15 minutes
Total Time20 minutes
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Diet: Gluten Free
Servings: 6
Calories: 255kcal
Author: Bintu Hardy

Ingredients

  • 24 ounces (600g) lamb chops 6 average sized chops
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • ½ teaspoon onion salt
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground coriander
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • Fresh lemon zest to taste

Instructions

  • Use paper towels to pat dry the lamb chops and brush both sides with olive.
  • Combine onion salt, garlic powder, ground coriander, oregano and lemon zest in a small bowl. Sprinkle the seasoning onto both sides of the chops.
  • Place the lamb chops in a single layer inside the air fryer basket.
  • Cook for 7 minutes at 375 degrees F / 190 degrees C. Flip the chops and cook for an additional 7-8 minutes or until desired doneness is reached.
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Notes

  • Washing lamb chops is not necessary, but you should pat them dry with paper towels before cooking. 
  • Use a silicone brush to brush on the olive oil. 
  • If desired, cover the lamb chops with plastic wrap after seasoning and let them rest for 30 minutes to absorb the flavors. 
  • Preheat air fryer so the lamb chops get a nice sear and crust on the outside. 
  • Cooking times may vary depending on the model of air fryer, the thickness of your lamb chops or your desired level of doneness. 
  • Place lamb chops in a single layer. You may need to air fry in batches so you don’t overcrowd the air fryer. 
  • Cooking beyond medium is not recommended and may bring out a gamey flavor. 
  • Always use a meat thermometer to check for doneness.
  • Let the cooked lamb chops rest for a few minutes before serving. 
  • Storage – keep leftovers in an airtight container inside the fridge for up to 4 days.
  • There are 7 WW Blue Plan SmartPoints in one serving of this.

Nutrition

Calories: 255kcal | Carbohydrates: 0.4g | Protein: 23g | Fat: 17g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 9g | Cholesterol: 75mg | Sodium: 276mg | Potassium: 309mg | Fiber: 0.2g | Sugar: 0.02g | Vitamin A: 7IU | Vitamin C: 0.1mg | Calcium: 20mg | Iron: 2mg

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