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Lamb Lollipops (Grilled Lamb Chops)

When I make these delicious little lamb lollipops, they fly off the serving plate. You have to be fast to get a taste of these tender, tasty grilled chops.
Course Appetizer, Appetizers, Main Course, Main Dish
Cuisine American Classic, French, Greek/ Mediteranean
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 8 minutes
Marinate 30 minutes
Total Time 48 minutes
Servings 4 People
Calories 517kcal
Author Diana Reis


  • 8 Lamb Chop Lollipops approximately 1 rack
  • 1 Tablespoon Canola Oil for grill

Lamb Chop Marinade

  • 3 Tablespoons Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 3 Tablspoons Sherry Vinegar
  • 1 Shallot thinly sliced
  • 4 Cloves Garlic minced
  • ¼ Cup Fresh Parsley chopped
  • 1 Teaspoon Coarse Salt
  • ½ Teaspoon Black Pepper


  • Make the marinade by combining vinegar, olive oil, thinly sliced shallot, minced garlic, chopped parsley, and salt and pepper.
  • Marinate the lamb chops at room temperature for a half hour.
  • Heat the grill on medium high heat. Brush the grill with canola oil before placing the chops on to prevent sticking.
  • Place chops on the grill, and spoon excess marinade over each chop as they cook on the first side only.
  • After three to four minutes, turn the chops and grill on the second side for another three to four minutes.


How long should I marinate lamb chops for grilling?
A half hour is plenty of time for marinating a small piece of meat like a lamb rib chop. You can coat the meat in the marinade and leave on the counter for this short period. If you need to do this a bit earlier, you can marinate for up to two hours in the refrigerator. Marinades with high acidity shouldn’t be left on meat for too long. 
Cooking Temperature for Lamb Chops?
The thickness of the chops varies and you need to use a little bit of judgment. Use a good thermometer when cooking meat for the best results. 
I personally like my lamb chops grilled to medium which has a warm pink center. I don’t find that there is time to get a good sear or have the fat cooked enough when these are cooked rare or even medium-rare.
125 ° Rare
130° Medium-Rare
135° Medium
140° Medium-Well
145° Well
How Many Lollipop Lamb Chops per person?
Served as an appetizer,  1-2 chops per person is enough. Served as a main dish, 3-4 chops per person or half a rack. 
Grilling Tips 
Make sure grill grates are clean and hot before putting your meat on.
Brushing on a little bit of canola oil will prevent sticking and help you get good grill marks.
Once they are on the grill, don’t play with them. 
When the outside temperature is cool, I find these take almost four minute per side for a perfect medium. They go a bit faster on a hot summer’s day. 
Use a thermometer for best results.
Stove Top Cooking Technique
These lollipop lamb chops don’t have to be done on the grill outside. They cook up beautifully in a cast iron skillet or grill pan on the stove.
Just like the grilling technique, make sure your pan is hot before placing the chops on the heat. 
Do not play with them while they cook. 
They do cook faster on the stove than on the grill outside. I find these only need two to three minutes to reach medium and have a lovely brown crust on the outside. Again, using a thermometer is your best bet for perfect chops.


Calories: 517kcal | Carbohydrates: 2g | Protein: 46g | Fat: 35g | Saturated Fat: 9g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 4g | Monounsaturated Fat: 18g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 149mg | Sodium: 748mg | Potassium: 656mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 318IU | Vitamin C: 6mg | Calcium: 42mg | Iron: 4mg