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Broiled Lamb Shoulder Chops

One of Susan's passions is cooking and creating new recipes for family and friends.

Lamb chops have always been one of my favorite meals. When I was growing up, it was a treat to have these for dinner, and it was one of my dad's favorite meals. He always had to have a mint sauce to go along with it—but personally, I'm not a big fan of this sauce.

I prefer to use lamb shoulder chops rather than the regular lamb chops for two reasons. First, the shoulder chops are usually less expensive; and second, you get more meat per chop. This recipe I am sharing here, however, can be used for either type of chop.

In this recipe, we will first marinate the chops and then cook them under the broiler in the oven.

Broiled lamb shoulder chops with asparagus, roasted sweet potatoes, and an arugula salad

Broiled lamb shoulder chops with asparagus, roasted sweet potatoes, and an arugula salad

Menu for a Complete Dinner

  • Broiled lamb shoulder chops
  • Asparagus
  • Roasted sweet potatoes
  • Arugula salad

Cook Time (Including Marinating Time)

Prep timeCook timeReady inYields

15 min

1 hour 16 min

1 hour 31 min

6 servings (2 chops per serving)

Cooking Chart for Lamb

Doneness LevelFahrenheit Temperature

Rare

135°

Medium-rare

140° - 150°

Medium

160°

Well done

165° and above

ingredients for a complete meal

ingredients for a complete meal

Ingredients

  • 13 shoulder lamb chops (use fewer if you don't need this many)
  • 6 garlic cloves, grated into a puree
  • 4 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon chopped shallots
  • Fresh ground pepper
Marinade for the lamb

Marinade for the lamb

Marinating the lamb shoulder chops

Marinating the lamb shoulder chops

Instructions

  1. Making the lamb marinade: Grate the garlic cloves into a puree. In a small bowl, combine the garlic puree with extra virgin olive oil, chopped shallots, and fresh ground pepper. Whisk all the ingredients together really well.
  2. Place the lamb shoulder or lamb chops in a marinating dish and coat both sides of the lamb chops with the marinade. I used a teaspoon to apply the marinade and then with the back of the teaspoon rubbed the marinade into the meat really well.
  3. Cover and refrigerate for at least an hour.
  4. Heat oven to broil with the rack on the second level away from the broiler.
  5. Broil for about 8 minutes and turn over and continue to broil for another 8 minutes, or until the internal meat is 160°.

Steamed Asparagus Recipe

  1. Clean and prepare fresh asparagus spears.
  2. Place a pot with a steamer basket on the stove with at least an inch of water in the bottom and bring to a boil.
  3. Place the asparagus into the basket and cook for 5-10 minutes.
  4. While this is cooking chop 1 garlic clove and mix it into 1 tsp. of butter. Set aside.
  5. Remove the asparagus from the steamer basket and put it back into the pot.
  6. Add the garlic butter and toss. Cover and let sit until ready to serve.
Garlic and butter mixed together

Garlic and butter mixed together

Steamed asparagus with garlic butter

Steamed asparagus with garlic butter

Arugula Salad

Salad Ingredients

  • 4-6 cups arugula
  • 1 medium tomato chopped, or grape or cherry tomatoes
  • 4-6 thin slices sweet onion
  • 1/4 cup sunflower seeds (I used unsalted)

Salad Dressing

  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon red wine vinegar (or white vinegar)
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • Pinch sea salt
  • Fresh ground pepper

Instructions

  1. Make the dressing: In a small bowl, combine all dressing ingredients and whisk well. Set aside while preparing the salad.
  2. In a salad bowl, combine the arugula, tomato, and onion.
  3. Toss with the salad dressing.
  4. Sprinkle with the sunflower seeds.
  5. Serve and enjoy.
Arugula salad

Arugula salad

Do you like lamb?

© 2013 Susan Zutautas

Comments

Susan Zutautas (author) from Ontario, Canada on March 07, 2017:

teaches

Thanks, yes I found a good price last week for lamb shoulder chops here in Ontario :)

teaches12345 on March 06, 2017:

I bought lamb shoulder chops due to the reasonable cost last week. I am going to have to try this one soon. You make it look delish!

Susan Zutautas (author) from Ontario, Canada on February 07, 2015:

How to - I hope that you enjoy the lamb as much as we do using my recipe.

L M Reid from Ireland on February 07, 2015:

Great recipe for cooking lamb chops. I cook these often but have never marinated them before. I think I will try your recipe next time.

Voted up, 5 stars and shared

Susan Zutautas (author) from Ontario, Canada on January 03, 2015:

Rachel, Whenever we would have lamb chops when I was growing up the mint sauce would always be on the table for my Dad. I'll have to give it another try one of these days :)

Rachel L Alba from Every Day Cooking and Baking on December 31, 2014:

My husband and I love lamb. We especially like leg of lamb, but it got so expensive that I can't buy it anymore, so, I get lamb chops instead. Did you every try mint jelly with your lamb? I got that idea from my aunt. It's like having cranberry sauce with turkey.

Happy New Year.

Susan Zutautas (author) from Ontario, Canada on August 28, 2014:

Hi Scott, So nice to see you. The babies are born in the spring so that might be a reason they're scarce? I sure wish that lamb was less pricey.

Scott A McCray on August 28, 2014:

Oh. Em. Gee. I love lamb. Why on earth is it so scarce and expensive? Must find lamb soon.

Kathryn from Windsor, Connecticut on November 07, 2013:

It's okay, there's a lot of us! Take care, Susan.

~ Kathryn

Susan Zutautas (author) from Ontario, Canada on October 12, 2013:

Sorry if I don't thank everyone individually, but .... Thank you ALL so much!

Randi Benlulu from Mesa, AZ on October 12, 2013:

This looks delicious! I haven't had lamb chops since I was a kid. Now I want to go out and get some! C ongratulationms on HOTD!

Robert Burroughs on October 11, 2013:

I love lamb any way you serve it. It is always great discovering great food hubs. I'm sharing this on my Facebook Writing page.

Linda Crampton from British Columbia, Canada on October 11, 2013:

The food in this hub sounds very tasty, Susan. Thank you for sharing the instructions for making a great meal. Congratulations on Hub of the Day!

Wesman Todd Shaw from Kaufman, Texas on October 11, 2013:

I did the three tier'd share thing the site makes easy to do. I'd love to try this, and more lamb, really.

I had some lamb chops not too far back, they were expensive; and I couldn't honestly tell much flavor difference between them and good beef. Lamb isn't real common here in Tejas; and so I'm willing to try ...any other cuts of meat I can get, as I'm a mega carnivore!

Audrey Howitt from California on October 11, 2013:

Yum! And congrats Susan!!!

Kathryn from Windsor, Connecticut on October 11, 2013:

I have to say, I don't think I have ever had lamb. But this looks tasty, and I like the way you laid out this recipe. I love garlic!

I also like the sides you added, the table with cooking times based on how rare/well-done you like it, and the visual of what part of the animal goes where.

Congrats on winning HOTD, and if I ever see lamb in the store, I would be likely to try out your recipe.

Have a great weekend, and I hope you are doing okay.

~ Kathryn

Milton Kelly from Brooklyn, NY on October 11, 2013:

That looks so delicious . I need to try this recipe. Thanks for posting this recipe.

Nell Rose from England on October 11, 2013:

Now this looks totally delicious! And congrats on your HOTD! yeah!

Cynthia Taggart from New York, NY on October 11, 2013:

Wow, I definitely want to share this! Delicious! The photos are spectacular and congratulations on winning Hub of the Day! Much deserved. You've got me hooked. I'm going to follow you so I can impress my guests with fine gourmet cooking.

Sharon Smith from Northeast Ohio USA on October 11, 2013:

YAYYYYYYYYYYY, congrats on HOTD SZ. Well deserved! Really well done hub with great details!!!

W1totalk on October 11, 2013:

When meals come together, lamb is at the center of it all, I am taken. I rarely get to have lamb but when I do it becomes a love affair. Great piece Susan.

Mary Hyatt from Florida on October 11, 2013:

Congrats on a well deserving Hub! Made my mouth water, cause I love lamb!

Voted up etc. and shared.

Deborah Brooks Langford from Brownsville,TX on October 11, 2013:

Hey Susan.. when I lived in Turkey.. and Greece this was the most popular thing to eat.. that's where I learn to love Lamb.. especially Lamb chops..

I am getting ready to close out for my second cookbook if you are interested I have one spot left..

blessings

Debbie

moonlake from America on October 11, 2013:

Congrats on Hub of The Day. Great looking hub for Lamb Shoulder Chops. Voted up.

CraftytotheCore on October 11, 2013:

Congratulations on Hub of the Day! Nice job. I made lamb chops for my grandfather one time with a mint dressing I found somewhere. He loved them.

Chitrangada Sharan from New Delhi, India on October 11, 2013:

This looks amazing and I am sure will come out as a delicious recipe.

Congratulations on HOTD!

Very well presented, with step by step instructions and wonderful pictures. Thanks for sharing the details!

carol stanley from Arizona on October 11, 2013:

This looks yummy...I love lamb chops.

Gail Sobotkin from South Carolina on October 11, 2013:

OMG, that photo is mouthwatering delicious and lamb chops are one of my favorite meals. Congrats on earning the HOTD accolade for this beautifully laid out and illustrated hub.

Voted up.

BlissfulWriter on October 11, 2013:

This looks delicious. And actually quite healthy too with the right balance of plants, proteins, and carbs. Very nice indeed. I could eat something like this for breakfast, lunch, or dinner.

Peg Cole from Northeast of Dallas, Texas on October 11, 2013:

This dish looks like one you would get at a Michelin Star restaurant. You would make Gordon Ramsay proud. Wonderful presentation and congratulations on winning Hub of the Day.

RTalloni on October 11, 2013:

This I can do! :) Congrats on your Hub of the Day award and thanks for putting this together for us!

Christy on October 11, 2013:

This is a terrific recipe, awesome job!

Stephanie Bradberry from New Jersey on October 11, 2013:

Congratulations on your Hub of the Day.

Now I want lamb for breakfast. But the upshot is when I go out shopping today I can buy some lamb. What a beautiful way to present this delicious meat.

Claudia Mitchell on October 11, 2013:

Coming in to say congrats on your HOTD! Love lamb so will definitely be trying this. Pinned for later use.

Samita Sharma from Chandigarh on October 11, 2013:

This is great hub dear!

Marcy Goodfleisch from Planet Earth on October 11, 2013:

Congrats on the HOTD! I just had to read this when I saw the beautiful presentation in your lead photo! I like the ideas here - will remember them!

Rebecca Mealey from Northeastern Georgia, USA on October 11, 2013:

What a tasty sounding meal. Instructions are awesome. Congratulations!

Suzanne Ridgeway from Dublin, Ireland on October 11, 2013:

Hi Susan,

Gorgeous recipe with a favorite meat of mine, love it! Loved how you showed the map of a lamb too! Great tip about shoulder chops and will look out for them now, congrats on a well deserved HOFD!!

Up, useful, awesome, interesting, shared, pinned!

JR Krishna from India on October 11, 2013:

Looks like a delicious recipe

Thanks for sharing

Susan Zutautas (author) from Ontario, Canada on July 23, 2013:

Rosemay, Thanks, so glad to have made your mouth water :)

Rosemary Sadler from Hawkes Bay - NewZealand on July 22, 2013:

You have my mouth watering. Lamb is my favourite and like your Dad I love mint with mine. I agree that shoulder chops are better value than the loin chops.

Susan Zutautas (author) from Ontario, Canada on March 25, 2013:

vespawoolf, Some people say that arugula has a peppery taste to it. I find it has a nutty taste. Hope you enjoy it.

Vespa Woolf from Peru, South America on March 24, 2013:

I also love lamb and really appreciate the tip about the less expensive cut. I'll have to see if shoulder chops are cheaper here in Peru, too. I just saw arugula at the store so I'll have to try this for myself! Thanks!

Susan Zutautas (author) from Ontario, Canada on March 21, 2013:

SS, I think you and I should get together and cook a feast. Would love to meet your Dad.

Sharon Smith from Northeast Ohio USA on March 20, 2013:

Please come cook for me. I'm positive my Dad would love you!

Susan Zutautas (author) from Ontario, Canada on March 15, 2013:

tirelesstraveler, I'm grateful that everyone at my house loves lamb no matter whether it be lamb stew, rack of lamb, chops, or leg of lamb. Have a wonderful Easter dinner.

Judy Specht from California on March 14, 2013:

Love lamb chops. Thanks for the vegetable pairing ideas. Must have lamb for Easter. Not everyone like lamb, so I have something less expensive for those who don't care for lamb.

Susan Zutautas (author) from Ontario, Canada on March 07, 2013:

Sheri, I hope you enjoy lamb as much as I do.

Susan Zutautas (author) from Ontario, Canada on March 07, 2013:

J.S. Matthew, So glad that you'll be trying the recipe. I hope you enjoy it as much as we do.

Susan Zutautas (author) from Ontario, Canada on March 06, 2013:

Thanks so much Justin!

Susan Zutautas (author) from Ontario, Canada on March 06, 2013:

Hi Martie, I'm not a mutton fan either. Thanks so much.

Sheri Dusseault from Chemainus. BC, Canada on March 05, 2013:

I have not used lamb very much but will try this. Thanks!

JS Matthew from Massachusetts, USA on March 05, 2013:

This is great! A New recipe for me to try. I have always had lamb cooked in curry sauce and I have always wanted to try a different recipe for chops. The greens make this more attractive. Up+ and shared...

JSMatthew~

Justin W Price from Juneau, Alaska on March 05, 2013:

This looks so scrumptious! Up and shared...

Susan Zutautas (author) from Ontario, Canada on March 05, 2013:

Om, Thank you!

Susan Zutautas (author) from Ontario, Canada on March 05, 2013:

torrilynn, Thank you and I hope you enjoy the recipe.

RH, Hope you don't have too hard of a time finding it as I'm sure you'd like the chops done this way.

Martie Coetser from South Africa on March 05, 2013:

Oh, I wish there was a 'yummy' button!

This looks absolutely delicious, Susan!

I love lamb, but not mutton.

Voted up, useful and totally scrumptious :)

Susan Zutautas (author) from Ontario, Canada on March 05, 2013:

GoodLady, Thanks so much and hope that you enjoy the recipe.

Susan Zutautas (author) from Ontario, Canada on March 05, 2013:

lemonkerdz, Thank you.

Om Paramapoonya on March 04, 2013:

Sounds like a very yummy and healthy meal. I love your opening pic. What a lovely plate of food!

Kelly Umphenour from St. Louis, MO on March 04, 2013:

Lamb is a little harder for me to find around here. I suppose it could be because I live in a more rural area? I can get it but I'd have to go to Dierbergs and they don't always carry it either. I am now gonna make it a mission so I can try it!

Susan Zutautas (author) from Ontario, Canada on March 04, 2013:

DDE, Thanks so much.

Susan Zutautas (author) from Ontario, Canada on March 04, 2013:

Mary, Pork chops would probably work great with this recipe. Great idea and I'll have to try it with pork chops myself.

torrilynn on March 04, 2013:

thanks for this wonderful recipe on

lamb shoulder chops and a really great way to make

them. thanks again.

voted up

Penelope Hart from Rome, Italy on March 04, 2013:

Oh sweet tasting lamb shoulder chops and asparagus in early spring are so delicious, agreed - and your Hub so helpful and so beautiful to look at.

Nicely done with the diagram of the parts too! Your marinade sounds delicious. Brava.

Pinning in my virtual recipe book, voting and sharing.

Susan Zutautas (author) from Ontario, Canada on March 04, 2013:

Ruby, Lamb I think is one of those meats you either love it or you hate it.

lemonkerdz from LIMA, PERU on March 04, 2013:

Susan that looks like a roast lunch made in heaven. All the best combos, lamb, asparragos...yum. All this will go great with gravy and mint sauce.

Love it

Devika Primić from Dubrovnik, Croatia on March 04, 2013:

Incredible Photos, lamb is one of my favorite meals any you had just given me a great idea.

Mary Craig from New York on March 03, 2013:

This recipe, like all of your others is full of great directions and pictures. Unfortunately, like Carol no one here likes lamb. What do you think about substituting pork chops?

Voted up, useful, and interesting.

drbj and sherry from south Florida on March 03, 2013:

I do like lamb chops (with mint sauce like your Dad), Susan, so perhaps I'll try this delicious looking recipe. But I'll pass on the asparagus. Not one of my favorites.

point2make on March 03, 2013:

One of my favorite meat dishes is Lamb shoulder chops. Your recipe will be enjoyed one night this coming week. Thanks for the great meal I am going to have.

Susan Zutautas (author) from Ontario, Canada on March 03, 2013:

Carol, What a shame that someone in your family doesn't like lamb. I'm happy everyone at my house does. If you do try the recipe let me know if you like it and thanks so much for the votes and pin.

Susan Zutautas (author) from Ontario, Canada on March 03, 2013:

Thanks Rebecca.

Ruby Jean Richert from Southern Illinois on March 03, 2013:

Would you believe? I have never tasted lamb. It looks really delicious. I never see lamb in the store. Thank's for sharing..Voted up...

carol stanley from Arizona on March 03, 2013:

I absolutely love Lamb in any form..alas..not the other member of the family. However I am so hungry seeing all your wonderful photos and instructions. I think I sneak out and buy some lamb and try your recipe he will become a fan. Great recipe and voting up and pinning in my favorite rccipes.

Susan Zutautas (author) from Ontario, Canada on March 03, 2013:

Prasetio, Thanks so much!

Rebecca Mealey from Northeastern Georgia, USA on March 03, 2013:

This looks like a delicious dinner, and you make it look so easy!

prasetio30 from malang-indonesia on March 02, 2013:

Delicious recipe, my friend. It sound delicious. I love lamb chops. I am glad you put another recipe to accompany the lamb shoulder chops. Just looking at the pictures makes me hungry. Thanks for share with us. Voted up and YUMMY!

Prasetio