HOW TO COOK AIR FRYER LAMB CHOPS?

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These super delicious Air Fryer Lamb Chops are ready to serve in just twenty minutes. They are great for weeknight dinners or for date nights!

Air Fryer Lamb Chops - Low Carb Africa

This air fryer lamb chops recipe is a total game-changer for anyone looking for a quick meal and an easy way to prepare lamb. It is one easy recipe you need to try especially if you love lamb meat or want to try it.

If you are not used to the taste of lamb, it has a unique and delicious flavor that some might describe as ‘gamey.’ It is also a bit more tender than beef or goat meat.

Equipment Needed

The best way to make lamb chops is to use an air fryer. If you’re in the market for one, try this Cuisinart Air Fryer or this Ninja Air Fryer.

What Part Of The Lamb Should I Use?

For this recipe, I used the shoulder of the lamb. Lamb’s shoulders are tasty and more affordable compared to other cuts, such as lamb rip chop or loin. But you can always use your preferred cut of meat. 

For best results, use smaller lamb chops to ensure they fit in your air fryer. And if you like lamb recipes, you should definitely try out my instant pot African lamb stew and lamb curry recipe!

Where Can I Purchase Lamb Chops?

Most local grocery stores, butchers, and meat markets sell lamb chops. They come in different sizes, so you have a choice of what to select. You can also get quality lamb chops from a meat butcher near you.

These cooked lamb chops require just a few simple ingredients and spices you most likely already have in your pantry.

  • Lamb chops: Both fresh and frozen lamb chops can be used to prepare this dish. If it was previously frozen, make sure that it thaws entirely and is at room temperature before cooking. 
  • Spices: Smoked paprika, cayenne pepper, dried oregano, garlic powder, lemon pepper, and salt.
  • Olive oil spray or a teaspoon of olive oil.

How To Make Air Fryer Lamb Chops

Lamb chops are simple to make and require just a few steps:

  1. Wash and pat the lamb chops dry.
  2. Preheat the air fryer to 400F for 2-3 minutes.
  3. Mix all the spices in a medium-sized bowl.
  4. Spray the lamb chops with olive oil. Coat the lamb with the spices, making sure to also coat the sides of the lamb chops.
  5. Arrange the marinated lamb chops in an air fryer basket and in a single layer. Bake them for about seven or eight minutes on each side. 
  6. Garnish with fresh herbs and enjoy!

Storing And Reheating 

This dish can be stored in the refrigerator in an air-tight container for up to three days. It can also be kept in the freezer for approximately three to four months. I find that these are best stored in a tightly sealed freezer-safe bag or Ziploc bag. 

These lamb shoulder chops can be reheated in an air fryer or oven. However, be sure to allow them to reach room temperature, especially if frozen, to ensure the meat will remain tender when cooked. 

Tips And Variation

  • Pair these delicious lamb chops with grilled vegetables, such as asparagus or green beans, for a filling meal. 
  • If your lamb has excess fat, you can trim some of it off before air frying.
  • The cooking time will vary depending on how well cooked you like your lamb chops, so adjust accordingly. If you like it medium-rare, air fry it for 10-12 minutes. If you want it well done, your cook time will be 15-20 minutes.
  • You can cut down on the cayenne pepper if you want it less spicy.

Alternate Ways To Make This Recipe

Lamb chops taste fantastic when grilled and are sure to take your summer barbeques to the next level. 

To achieve a similar seared effect in the air fryer, preheat your grill for at least two minutes and grill for 8-10 minutes, depending on how well done you want it. Again, don’t forget to flip it halfway.

Frequently Asked Questions

Are lamb chops hard to cook?

Lamb chops may seem intimidating, but they are pretty simple to make. It is important to season them well to balance the intense, slightly gamey flavors of the lamb. The lamb will be tender and ready to eat once it reaches an internal temperature of 145F for medium-well.What seasoning is best for lamb?

Lamb has a unique, prominent flavor that pairs wonderfully with certain spices like cumin, black pepper, oregano, paprika, and rosemary. Oregano is often used when preparing Mediterranean-style lamb. Its earthy flavors are strong enough to compete with that of the meat and provide a hint of freshness. Cayenne also packs just the right amount of heat needed for this tasty meal. Why are my lamb chops tough?

There are a few reasons why your lamb chops might become tough, whether sliced incorrectly or overcooked. Luckily, some of these common mistakes are easily avoidable. 
First, allow the lamb to rest for a minimum of fifteen minutes before serving. Then, slice carefully along the grain to avoid producing any tough or chewy pieces. Finally, use a meat thermometer to confirm the temperature before removing the lamb from the air fryer.What is the difference between lamb rib chops and lamb loin chops? 

Both cuts are high in quality and flavor. Rib chops often referred to as a rack of lamb or lollipops, are a bit thinner and milder in taste than their counterpart. Loin chops are made using the most tender parts of the lamb. They resemble small T-bone steaks and are packed with a strong flavor.

Air Fryer Lamb Chops

These super delicious Air Fryer Lamb Chops are ready to serve in just twenty minutes. They are great for weeknight dinners or for date nights!

Course: Main Course

 Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 20 minutes 

Servings: 3 

Calories: 264kcal

Ingredients

▢ 2 lbs lamb shoulder chops

▢ 1 tsp smoked paprika

▢ 1/2 tsp cayenne pepper

▢ 1 tsp dried oregano

▢ 1.5 tsp garlic powder

▢ 1/2 tsp lemon pepper

▢ 1.5 tsp salt

▢ 1 tsp olive oil or olive oil spray

Instructions

  • Wash and pat the lamb chops dry.
  • Preheat the air fryer to 400F for 2-3 minutes.
  • Mix all the spices in a medium-sized bowl.
  • Spray the lamb chops with olive oil.
  • Coat the lamb with the spices, making sure to also coat the sides of the lamb chops.
  • Arrange the marinated lamb chops in an air fryer basket and in a single layer.
  • Bake them for about seven or eight minutes on each side.
  • Garnish with fresh herbs and enjoy!

Notes

This recipe serves 3 and contains 0 net carbs per serving.

  • If your lamb has excess fat, you can trim some of it off before air frying.
  • The cooking time will vary depending on how well cooked you like your lamb chops, so adjust accordingly. If you like it medium-rare, air fry it for 10-12 minutes. If you want it well done, your cook time will be 15-20 minutes.
  • You can cut down on the cayenne pepper if you want it less spicy.

Nutrition

Calories: 264kcal | Carbohydrates: 1g | Protein: 38g | Fat: 11g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 122mg | Sodium: 1294mg | Potassium: 551mg | Fiber: 1g 

| Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 2IU | Calcium: 25mg | Iron: 3mg