Air fryer lamb chops are simple and quick…perfect for a quick meal
Summary – Simply cook for 8 minutes at 390° F, to get medium cooked lamb chops. For medium to well done, cook for 10 minutes.
Having written so much about my air fryer, I am always amazed when something I don’t usually associate with air fryer cooking, come out looking and tasting brilliant.
I shouldn’t be surprised…but often I am.
Lamb chops is one of those. Having always broiled them, I always thought that was the best way to cook them.
That was until I used a sous vide for the first time.
I have to say the final result was so magnificent, I was left speechless. The lamb chops were so tender, so delicious, almost as if it was something else altogether.
The problem with the sous vide was a significant one. Time. It took time… a lot of time…hours. If you have the time, I very much recommend it…the results are amazing.
If you don’t have the time, break out the air fryer. Again, tasty results in only a fraction of the time.
Why I like lamb chops?
Aside from the taste, I really like cooking lamb chops because of the deception. The effort required is very little compared to the glory of the end result.
This is one of those foods that looks like a serious amount of effort was expended… when in reality, very little was done.
It’s the plate of food that is appreciated by all… a sure-fire win. Little effort with big compliments, and bigger smiles all round.
What is the best type of lamb chop to use?
The vast majority of the time, you will be using a rib chop. These are relatively thin so they do cook quickly. You also have the option of using a loin chop. These are much thicker and some people prefer this, since there is less chance of over cooking them.
Do I need to marinate them first?
I would always recommend that you marinate them. The end result is vastly superior if you add in some flavor. It makes the meat more flavoursome and delivers layers of flavor.
If you don’t use a marinade, you end up with that meat smell and a fairly bland flavor that will need an accompaniment of some sort.
How to make lamb chops in air fryer
With this method, I will show you how to make air fryer lamb chops. The secret of a good lamb chop is either the marinade or the sauce that accompanies it. Of course, your lamb chop has to be perfectly cooked.
There are a million marinades and sauces available, so you look up what you like. I will give you one of my favourite lamb chop recipes below.
As far as this method goes, this is how you cook the perfect lamb chop in your air fryer.
Firstly, you need to prepare the marinade. This is what will give you the delicious flavor that permeates through the lamb chop.
This can be as simple or complicated as you like. However, this is the recipe that I like to use to make a dozen lamb chops.
- Bunch of finely chopped rosemary
- 1 tablespoon of coarse salt
- ½ teaspoon black pepper
- 1 bulb of garlic …roughly chopped
- 2 tablespoons of olive oil
Put all the ingredients in to pestle and mortar, and mix well. You should end up with a paste very quickly with little effort.
We are going to then spread this over both sides of the lamb chops. Be as generous as you like. Spoon it on and spread it out using the back of the spoon.
Quick tip; try not to get the marinade on your fingers…this is a very potent smell!
- Preheat your air fryer to 390° F
- Place all the cutlets onto the basket. If you have a trivet, you can double the amount you can cook in one go
- Cook for 8 minutes at 390° F to get medium cooked lamb chops
- Add two minutes to the time if you want medium to well done lamb chops
There we have it… lamb chops in air fryer…cooked perfectly. So easy and utterly delicious.
What is an air fryer?
Think of an air fryer as a very powerful convection oven rather than a fryer. Essentially, it circulates heat very quickly, ensuring that your food is cooked much quicker than conventional methods.
Why use it to make Lamb chops?
Personally, the air fryer is a good fit for lamb chops since it makes the whole process really easy. I simply prepare them and put them into the air fryer. Eight minutes later they are ready. The clean up simply involves putting the air fryer basket into the dishwasher.
Of course, there are many ways to make lamb chops. As I mentioned earlier, sous vide in my opinion gives the best results but it is a time-consuming process.
The traditional methods include broiling, oven cooking or even cooking them in a skillet. They all have their advantages and disadvantages. At the end of the day, you choose what suits you.
Advantages of Air fryer over other methods
- Cooks quickly and consistently
- Contains smell
- Fast clean up afterwards
Frequently Asked Questions
What is the air fryer lamb chop cooking time? How long do you cook them?
The cook time is very short. It takes 8 minutes to get a regular sized lamb chop to medium rare state. To get them medium, cook them for 10 minutes.
What temperature is lamb cooked at?
It is always safer to use a cooking thermometer to check that your meats are cooked to the correct temperature. Not only is this safer, it also means that you don’t overcook meat. At 125° F, lamb is rare. Medium rare is 145° F and 155° F is medium.
Do I need to preheat the air fryer?
I always suggest that you preheat the air fryer. It delivers better results especially how the finished food looks. It just looks better cooked and more appetising. Think of your air fryer as a powerful convection oven. You don’t cook food in a cold oven to start, the same principle applies to an air fryer.
Do I need to rest the meat once it is cooked?
Yes, you should always rest the meat. As the meat cooks, it forces the moisture within it, out. As it settles after it is cooked, it draws the moisture back in. You need to let meat rest so that it is succulent throughout the cut of meat. If you don’t let it rest, the meat will be tougher and dryer.
What about frozen lamb chops in air fryer?
Yes, you can use frozen lamb chops but I would suggest that you allow them to defrost first. This allows you to add the marinade. If you know you are preparing them later, simply take them out of the freezer and let them defrost until you are ready for them.
Do I need to use oil for Air fryer lamb chops?
No, you do not need to add any oil. Remember, we added olive oil to the marinade and the meat itself, contains fat. You do not need to add any additional oil.
Can you make air fryer lamb loin chops too?
Yes, you can. In fact, some people prefer the thicker cut of meat. If you are using loin chops, take note of the cooking temperatures and use a thermometer. Remember, it will take slightly longer than stated above, as I have used a lamb rib chop.
So, there we have it, air fryer lamb chops. I’m sure you will agree that the process is simple that even a cook with the most basic skills can deliver great results. I highly recommend that you give them a go.
If you have tried them, what was the end result like? Did they come out as you expected? Why not share your marinade recipe with us!
Catch up soon… Jayne x
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