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Overhead shot of Pan Seared Lamb Chops with garlic and thyme scattered around.
Pan Seared Lamb Chops
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
8 mins
Total Time
18 mins

Buttery, garlicky pan seared lamb chops deliver a restaurant caliber dish that is ready in minutes!

Course: Main Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: lamb chops
Servings: 4 Servings
Calories: 494 kcal
  • 2 lbs lamb rib chops (6-8 chops)
  • 2 oz unsalted butter, cubed
  • 6 cloves garlic, smashed
  • 10 sprigs fresh thyme
  • kosher salt and pepper
  1. Season the lamb chops generously on both sides with kosher salt and pepper.

    Rib lamb chops seasoned generously with salt and pepper before searing.
  2. Heat a heavy bottomed skillet over high heat (I like cast iron). Add the butter and garlic to the pan.

    Butter and smashed garlic melting in a pan for pan seared lamb chops.
  3. Once the butter has melted, nestle the chops and into the pan and scatter with the thyme sprigs.

    Rib lamb chops nested in butter with garlic and herbs.
  4. Sear the chops 2-4 mins per side (depending on the thickness of the chops), turning once. Baste the chops with the butter as they cook. Serve the chops, drizzled with the garlic butter.

    Lamb chops are seared in butter with garlic and fresh thyme.
Recipe Notes
  • I love the fancy look of lamb rib chops with frenched bones, but if you can't find them loin chops can be substituted.
  • You don't have to fully french the chops, but cleaned bones make an elegant appearance if you want to impress.
  • To french the chops, simply scrape the tissue from the bone with a back of your knife until they're clean (it doesn't need to be perfect).
  • Searing the chops over high heat gives them a browned, caramelized crust and butter basting them as they cook keeps them moist and extra flavorful.
  • Serve the chops with a drizzle of the browned garlic and butter for an extra flavor punch.
Nutrition Facts
Pan Seared Lamb Chops
Amount Per Serving
Calories 494 Calories from Fat 288
% Daily Value*
Fat 32g49%
Saturated Fat 15g94%
Trans Fat 1g
Cholesterol 180mg60%
Sodium 166mg7%
Potassium 638mg18%
Carbohydrates 2g1%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 1g1%
Protein 46g92%
Vitamin A 473IU9%
Vitamin C 5mg6%
Calcium 49mg5%
Iron 4mg22%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.