Za’atar-crusted lamb chops

September 16, 2023 (Last Updated: September 15, 2023)
Za’atar-crusted lamb chops recipe

Za’atar is a collective name for a variety of signature Middle Eastern spices that are sure to add a kick to your cooking. These  Za’atar-crusted lamb chops are bursting with seasoned flavour and are deliciously tender. Perfect for a Mediterranean-inspired lunch. 

Za’atar-crusted lamb chops

Serves: 6 – 8
Cooking Time: 30 minutes + extra for chilling

Ingredients

  • Marinade

  • 30ml (2 tbsp) olive oil
  • 1 garlic clove, crushed
  • juice of 1 lemon
  • 5ml (1 tsp) dried oregano
  • 5ml (1 tsp) honey
  • 5ml (1 tsp) fresh ginger, finely grated
  • 12 lamb chops, trimmed
  • Za’atar

  • 30ml (2 tbsp) fresh thyme, finely chopped
  • 15ml (1 tbsp) lemon zest, finely chopped
  • 30ml (2 tbsp) white sesame seeds
  • 15ml (1 tbsp) sumac
  • 1ml (¼ tsp) chilli powder
  • salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste

Instructions

1

Combine all of the marinade ingredients in a non-metallic bowl. Add the chops and cover in the marinade. Cover and chill for 3 hours or overnight.

2

Combine the za’atar ingredients together. Remove the lamb chops from the marinade and scatter the za’atar over the chops. Leave for 15 minutes for the flavours to infuse.

3

Preheat a griddle pan and grill the chops over a moderate heat, for 8 – 10 minutes on each side, or until cooked to your liking.

Notes

To drink: Shiraz is a spicy grape; great with exotic dishes. Ridgeback Shiraz is ripe and full of pepper.

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