Air Fryer Lamb Chops


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Learn how to cook lamb chops in the air fryer that are tender, juicy, and delicious every time. Ready in under 10 minutes.

air fryer lamb chops.

It’s no secret that I love using my air fryer to make fast, healthy, and easy dinners for my family. Some of our regulars include air fryer salmon and air fryer chicken breast. When we feel like having something a little fancy, I like to air-fry lamb chops.

Table of Contents
  1. Why you’ll love this recipe
  2. Ingredients needed 
  3. How to make air fryer lamb chops?
  4. How long do you cook lamb chops in the air fryer?
  5. Ideal temperature for cooking lamb
  6. Recipe tips and variations
  7. Storage instructions
  8. Frequently Asked Questions
  9. What to serve with lamb chops
  10. Air Fryer Lamb Chops (Recipe Card)

Why you’ll love this recipe

  • Quick and easy. With less than two minutes of prep and 7 minutes of cooking time, these redefine a fast dinner. 
  • Healthier. Fried or baked chops use tons of oil, but air frying them omits all of that…without sacrificing flavor.
  • Minimal ingredients. Like lamb lollipops, besides some basics like butter and rosemary, this recipe needs just a handful of ingredients. 

What we love about this recipe is just how tender and juicy the chops turn out to be. Cooking them in the air fryer guarantees a perfect result, so you never have to fear chewy or tough meat. 

Ingredients needed 

Besides a few seasonings and oil, there really isn’t much that goes into this recipe. Here is what you’ll need:

  • Lamb chops. Choose thicker cuts of lamb with the bone intact. Lamb loin chops, lamb shoulder chops, or rib chops will also work, but you will need to increase the cooking time by two minutes. I tested this recipe with a rack of lamb, too, but found it was a little more time-consuming to cook properly.
  • Olive oil and butter. A combination of oil and butter keeps the chops juicy in the middle and tender on the outside. Opt for unsalted butter, as we’ll already be adding salt. 
  • Garlic. Freshly minced is always preferred, but jarred garlic also works. 
  • Rosemary. A must for any recipe that calls for lamb. You can also use oregano or other fresh herbs.
  • Salt and pepper. To taste. 

How to make air fryer lamb chops?

I’ve included step-by-step photos below to make this recipe easy to follow at home. For the full printable recipe instructions and ingredient quantities, scroll to the recipe card at the bottom of this post.

Step 1- Prepare the lamb chops. Start by pat drying the lamb chops using a paper towel and remove the excess fat. 

pat dry lamb chops.

Step 2- Coat with seasonings. Next, take a large mixing bowl and add lamb chops to it. Mix butter, olive oil, fresh rosemary and garlic in a small bowl and then add this mixture to the bowl. Using your hands, coat each chop well with the seasoning. If you have time, cover the chops and let them sit for an hour.

seasoned lamb chops.

Step 3- Preheat the air fryer. Preheat the air fryer 190C or 375F. Meanwhile, slightly grease the air fryer basket. 

Step 4- Assemble. Add the lamb chops to the air fryer basket in a single layer. Don’t overcrowd the air fryer basket by overlapping chops.

lamb chops in air fryer.

Step 5- air fry the lamb chops. Cook each side for 7-8 minutes. 

lamb chops in air fryer.

How long do you cook lamb chops in the air fryer?

On average, lamb chops need 7-8 minutes to be fully done in the air fryer. However, depending on your preference for the doneness of the meat, you can adjust them accordingly: 

  • Rare: Cook for 4 to 6 minutes. 
  • Medium rare: Cook for 7 to 8 minutes. 
  • Well done: Cook for 10 to 12 minutes. 

Ideal temperature for cooking lamb

The ideal temperature for cooking lamb depends on the level of doneness you want. Here is a quick guide: 

  • Rare: 115-120°F
  • Medium-Rare: 125°F
  • Medium: 130°F
  • Medium-Well: 145°F
  • Well Done: 150°F

Remember, the best way to check the doneness is to use a meat thermometer.

Recipe tips and variations

  • If your air fryer can’t fit all the chops, cook them in batches. This will ensure the lamb chops cook evenly and completely.
  • Pat dry the meat before seasoning them to yield the juiciest chops every time.
  • Change up the seasonings or use a lamb chop marinade.

Storage instructions

To store: Place leftover lamb chops in an airtight container and store them in the refrigerator for up to four days. 

To freeze: Place the cooked and cooled chops in a ziplock bag and store them in the freezer for up to two months. 

Reheating: Reheat in the air fryer, oven or skillet. 

lamb chops air fryer.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can you eat lamb chops with pink in the middle?

Yes, you can eat lamb chops with pink in the middle. 

Can lamb chops be cooked medium-rare?

You can cook lamb chops to medium-rare; deciding the level of doneness you want is up to you.

Can I bake these in the oven? 

Yes, you can bake these in the oven. Once the lamb is prepped, add them to a greased baking sheet and bake at 190C/375F for 25 minutes, flipping halfway through.

What to serve with lamb chops

We love to keep the sides simple when serving chops because it allows them to stand out. Here are some air fryer recipe ideas to try:

air fryer lamb chops recipe.

Air Fryer Lamb Chops

5 from 110 votes
Learn how to cook lamb chops in the air fryer that are tender, juicy, and delicious every time. Ready in less than 10 minutes. Watch the video below to see how I make it in my kitchen!
Servings: 8 lamb chops
Prep: 1 minute
Cook: 7 minutes
Total: 8 minutes



  • 8 small lamb chops bone-in
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 3 cloves garlic minced
  • 2 tablespoons parsley chopped


  • Preheat the air fryer to 190C/370F. Grease the air fryer basket.
  • Pat dry each lamb chop and cut off excess fat or sinew.
  • Add the chops to a large mixing bowl. In a small bowl, whisk together the olive oil, butter, garlic, and fresh rosemary. Toss through the chops, ensuring each one is well coated in the mix.
  • Add the chops in a single layer in the basket. Air fryer for 3-4 minutes, flip, and cook for another 3-4 minutes. 
  • Let the meat rest for two minutes before serving.


TO STORE: Place them in an airtight container and store them in the refrigerator for up to four days. 
TO FREEZE: Place the cooked and cooled chops in a ziplock bag and store them in the freezer for up to two months. 
TO REHEAT: Reheat in the air fryer, oven or skillet.


Serving: 1lamb chopCalories: 183kcalCarbohydrates: 0.5gProtein: 23gFat: 12gSodium: 239mgPotassium: 311mgFiber: 0.1gVitamin A: 128IUVitamin C: 2mgCalcium: 18mgIron: 2mg
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Author: Arman Liew
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Arman Liew

I’m a two time cookbook author, photographer, and writer, and passionate about creating easy and healthier recipes. I believe you don’t need to be experienced in the kitchen to make good food using simple ingredients that most importantly, taste delicious.

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  1. 5 stars
    The instructions for timing still contradict each other as at the start you say it’s 8 minutes total (‘ready in under 10 minutes!’) but then you say after cooking for 8 minutes the chops must be turned and cooked for another 8 mins.
    Recipe is great but the timings issue has already been raised twice and it’s not been rectified as you said it would.

  2. 5 stars
    The chops were delicious but the recipe is a bit confusing. In the picture area, it says to cook for 8 minutes but in the directions, it says to flip after 7-8 minutes and cook for another 7-8. Mine came out a little too done for me because I flipped them late and realized the mistake after they’d already been cooking for 10… still delicious, though.

  3. I am a bit confused. Does this stay in air fryer total of 7-8 minutes or 7-8 minutes per side? Thank you, I am anxious to try this.

  4. 5 stars
    Great, juicy recipe!
    Super simple!
    I used rosemary rather than the parsley that was specified in the recipe. So good!
    Thank you!