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grilled lamb chops arranges over thinly sliced fennel on a white plate

Grilled Lamb Loin Chops with Herby Fennel & Sumac

  • Author: Lauren Grant
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes + 2½ hours marinating time
  • Cook Time: 12 minutes
  • Total Time: 3 hours
  • Yield: 4 servings + 3 cups fennel mixture 1x
  • Category: Main Dish
  • Method: Grilling
  • Cuisine: Middle Eastern
  • Diet: Gluten Free


These Middle Eastern-inspired lamb chops get marinated in a spiced yogurt before being grilled and served over a crunchy herbaceous fennel salad. 


  • 2 ½ pounds American lamb loin chops, about inches thick
  • Kosher salt and black pepper
  • 1 cup full-fat Greek yogurt
  • 2 lemons, one zested and both juiced
  • 2 tablespoons fennel or cumin seeds, crushed (I like a mix of both) + more for serving
  • 2 tablespoons fresh oregano, chopped + more for serving
  • 2 teaspoons minced fresh garlic
  • 1 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1 fennel bulb, cored and thinly sliced, fronds reserved
  • 1 cup mixed fresh herbs such as reserved fennel fronds, cilantro, mint and/or parsley
  • ½ teaspoon ground sumac
  • Flaky sea salt, extra-virgin olive oil, and Greek yogurt for serving


Pierce lamb chops with a fork all over; season with salt and pepper.

Combine yogurt, 2 tablespoons lemon juice, 1 teaspoon zest, 2 tablespoons fennel and/or cumin seeds, 2 tablespoons oregano, garlic, and red pepper flakes in a large bowl.

Add lamb loin chops and toss to coat evenly. Cover and chill for 2 hours or up to overnight.

Let meat come to room temperature for 30 minutes. Meanwhile, toss sliced fennel with 2 tablespoons lemon juice; season with salt and set aside. Heat a grill to medium-high (375ºF). Brush grill grate clean, then brush with oil to coat.

Grill chops 5–6 minutes per side until an instant-read thermometer inserted in the centers, but not touching the bone, registers 125–130°F for medium-rare or 135°F for medium.

Add cup if mixed herbs to sliced fennel mixture; transfer to a serving platter then arrange lamb loin chops on top. Sprinkle lamb and fennel with ¼ teaspoon fennel seeds, sumac, and flaky sea salt. Drizzle with olive oil and serve with additional Greek yogurt.



Inspired by a recipe from Nothing Fancy by Alison Roman 

Keywords: grilled lamb loin chops, lamb loin chops

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