Learn how to prepare these lamb lollipops; quick, easy, and incredibly delicious. Ready in minutes, they pair with almost anything for a fast and healthy dinner.
We love cooking with lamb here.
What cut of meat are lamb lollipops?
Lamb lollipops are a cut of meat taken from the hind leg of the lamb. They are made by separating the bone from the meat and trimming and shaping it into a lollipop shape.
Like lamb chops, lamb lollipops have a lower fat content than other cuts of lamb, such as the rib or the shoulder.
We regularly cook with this cut of lamb because it’s:
- Quick and easy. Barely any prep is needed, and the seasoning is simple.
- Foolproof recipe. This is a simple recipe if you’ve been reluctant to cook lamb.
- Versatile. Lamb lollipops can be served as an appetizer or as a main course, and they pair well with a variety of side dishes.
- Perfect for any occasion. Whether you’re hosting a dinner party or just looking for a unique and delicious meal, lamb lollipops are sure to be a hit.
What I love the most about these lamb lollipops is their impressive texture: tender, succulent, and melts in your mouth.
Besides the lamb and some seasonings, there isn’t much else in this recipe. Here is what you’ll need:
- Lamb cutlets. Use French lamb cutlets, which are taken from the loin and rib area of the animal. They are about ½ inch thick and have a delicate and tender texture.
- Salt and pepper. To season.
- Butter. Melted.
- Garlic powder. To taste.
- Lemon juice. For a tangy flavor.
- Parsely. Chopped.
How to cook lollipop lamb chops
Cooking lollipop lamb chops takes less than 10 minutes from prep to plate. Ready to cook some up?
Step 1- Prep the pan and season the lamb lollipops
Preheat the chargrill pan to high. Season both sides of the lamb with salt and pepper.
Step 2- Grill the lamb lollipops
Cook on the preheated pan and chargrill both sides until cooked.
Step 3- Prepare the butter
Mix melted butter, lemon juice, garlic powder, and a pinch of parsley in a bowl.
Step 4- Coat with butter mixture and serve!
Brush the butter mixture on the lamb and garnish with some extra parsley. Serve it with sliced lemons.
Ideal temperature for cooked lamb
The best way to know when lamb lollipops are done is by checking the internal temperature, which differs depending on the level of doneness you want. Depending upon that, the temperature for various levels of doneness is given below:
- Rare: 125F
- Medium rare: 130-135F
- Medium: 135-140F
- Medium well done: 145F
- Well done: 150F and above
Tips to make the best recipe
- Marinate the lamb for at least an hour, or even overnight, to give it maximum flavor.
- Avoid overcooking the lamb. They are best when cooked to medium-rare or medium.
- Let the lamb lollipop chops rest for a few minutes before serving to allow the juices to redistribute.
What to serve with this dish
To enhance the flavor, here are some flavor variations that you can try:
- Use different seasonings. For a fun twist, add herbs or spices, such as taco seasoning, oregano, cilantro, paprika, etc., to the marinade for added flavor.
- Serve with a dip/sauce. Serve this dish with a sauce or dip, such as mint jelly or some pesto, to add an extra layer of flavor.
- Cook using different cooking methods. Different cooking methods can also change the flavor of the lamb. Grilling will give them a smoky flavor, while roasting will give them a more savory taste.
- Marinate with sauces. Change things by dredging the lamb in fun sauces, like bulgogi or katsu.
To store. In an airtight container, you can store the lamb in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.
To freeze. They can be frozen in a freezer-safe bag or container for up to 3 months.
Reheating. You can reheat them in the microwave or pan until thoroughly warm.
More lamb recipes to try
- Lamb burgers
- Lamb ragu
- Gyro meat
- Lamb korma
- Lamb Rogan Josh
Frequently asked questions
Lamb lollipops are healthy because they are a good source of protein, iron, and other essential nutrients. They are also low in fat and don’t require excessive amounts of oil to cook.
These lamb chops get their name because of their shape and size. The term “lollipop” likely comes from the fact that the shape of the lamb lollipop is similar to that of a traditional lollipop – you hold onto the bone to bite off the juicy meat.
The main difference between the two is that the latter are individual chops that have been removed from a lack of lamb. Chops are generally thicker and fattier and can come in pairs.
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- 8 lamb lollipops trimmed
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon pepper
- 2 tablespoons butter melted
- 1 clove garlic minced
- 1 teaspoon lemon juice
- Preheat a chargrill pan to high. Season the lamb on both sides with salt and pepper.
- Chargrill the lamb for 2-3 minutes per side until fully cooked.
- Whisk together the butter, garlic, and lemon juice.
- Transfer the cooked lamb onto a plate and brush with the melted garlic butter.
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