These Air Fryer Lamb chops are juicy, flavorful, and perfectly cooked every time! They only require a few simple ingredients, and they’re ready in less than 10 minutes!
Lamb is one of my all-time favorite proteins, as you can tell. I have tons of great lamb chop recipes on the blog, including these delicious Garlic Butter Lamb Chops, Lemon Thyme Lamb Chops, and Lamb Chops with Creamy Mustard Sauce.
Air Fryer Lamb Chop Recipe
I love cooking with lamb because it’s easy enough dish for a weeknight dinner but nice enough for a special occasion. Plus, it’s a great way to add variety to your dinner rotation.
These air fryer lamb chops are so easy to make and require very little preparation. I season the chops with a flavorful marinade of olive oil, red wine vinegar, as well as fresh herbs and spices. When cooked in the air fryer, the lamb chops are healthy, hands-off, and on the table in minutes!
How To Make Air Fryer Lamb Chops
- Lamb chops — I recommend using good quality lamb loin or lamb rib chops for this recipe. I typically avoid tougher cuts like sirloin or blade chops because they can take longer to cook and taste a bit gamier.
- Olive oil — I prefer to use extra virgin olive oil, but avocado oil also works.
- Red wine vinegar — A little bit of red wine vinegar makes the chops tender and so flavorful.
- Fresh herbs — I absolutely love the combination of lamb with fresh rosemary and thyme.
- Seasonings — To season the chops, I use a simple blend of garlic powder, kosher salt, and black pepper.
Season and prepare the lamb chops:
- In a large mixing bowl, combine the lamb chops, olive oil, red wine vinegar, rosemary, thyme, garlic powder, salt, and black pepper. Rub the marinade into the meat, then cover and chill for 1 hour in the fridge.
- Preheat your air fryer to 400°F if your model requires you to do so.
Air fry the lamb chops:
- Add the marinated lamb chops to the air fryer basket and cook lamb chops for 5 minutes. Then, flip and cook for an additional 4 minutes, or until the lamb chops reach an internal temperature of 145°F for medium-well.
- Let the lamb chops rest for 5 minutes after air frying to seal in the juices and flavors.
- Serve with your favorite veggies or sides and don’t forget to squeeze a little bit of lemon juice before serving. Enjoy!
- I recommend patting the lamb chops dry with a paper towel before you season them. This will absorb excess moisture and help the olive oil and seasonings coat the chops well.
- I try to buy chops that are similar in size and thickness, so they cook evenly. If your cuts vary widely in size, some will cook faster than others.
- Be careful not to overcrowd the air fryer. The hot air needs to circulate around each chop, so I make sure they’re in a single layer, not overlapping, with a little space in between.
- I highly recommend using a meat thermometer to check the internal temperature of the chops. I aim for 145°F, as they may become tough and chewy if you cook them above 160°F.
How To Store Leftovers
- To Store: Place leftover lamb chops in an airtight storage container and keep them in the refrigerator for 3 to 4 days. I like to repurpose leftover lamb chops and use them in recipes like wraps, pasta, or curry.
- To Freeze: If you prefer to freeze the leftovers, they keep very well in the freezer for 2 to 3 months. Once they’ve cooled, I recommend wrapping each chop tightly in plastic wrap to prevent freezer burn. Then, you can store them together in a freezer-safe bag or container. When you’re ready to enjoy, allow them to thaw overnight in the fridge.
- To Reheat: I like reheating lamb chops in a 350°F air fryer for a few minutes. You can also reheat leftovers in the oven at 350°F or on the stovetop until they’re heated through completely. Be sure to keep a close eye on the chops so that they don’t overcook.
What To Serve with Air Fryer Lamb Chops
- Potatoes: Pair these air fryer lamb chops with any kind of potatoes, and it will be delicious every time! Some of my personal favorites are these fluffy mashed potatoes, crispy air fryer potato wedges, and cheesy potatoes au gratin.
- Air fryer veggies: When I need a quick dinner with easy cleanup, I’ll prepare air fryer veggies as a side, like air fryer asparagus or air fryer Brussels sprouts.
- Roasted veggies: Oven-roasted vegetables are another pairing option that’s hands-off but so tasty! I like to make a medley of seasonal roasted veggies, but you could also go with roasted acorn squash or crispy roasted green beans.
- Salad or coleslaw: If you’re looking for something light and fresh to pair with lamb chops, I recommend this incredible Mediterranean salad or classic coleslaw or super easy broccoli kale slaw salad.
Variations to Air Fry Lamb Chops
- Switch up the marinade: These air fryer lamb chops also taste amazing with my homemade chimichurri sauce as a marinade!
- Customize the herbs: I love lamb with fresh rosemary and thyme – the flavors complement each other so well! You can also use other herbs if you prefer, like parsley, oregano, or chives.
- Try different spices: I like to make this recipe with other kind of spices too such as paprika, cayenne pepper and cumin.
- Stovetop or grilled chops: If you don’t have an air fryer, you can also make lamb chops on the stovetop, like these mouthwatering garlic herb lamb chops. In the summer, I also like to make grilled lamb chops with fresh veggies from the garden.
- Air fryer: The air fryer is my favorite way to make delicious, hands-off, healthy meals
- Meat thermometer: I highly recommend using a meat thermometer to check the internal temperature of the lamb to determine when it’s done.
- Mixing bowl: I use a large mixing bowl to season and prepare the lamb chops.
Frequently Asked Questions
You can find lamb chops at most grocery stores or your local butcher shop. The two most common cuts are lamb loin chops (or T-bones) or lamb rib chops, and you can use either for this recipe as long as they fit well in your air fryer. I also recommend buying chops that are similar in size and thickness, so they cook evenly.
Yes, I recommend flipping the lamb chops about halfway through, or at the 5-minute mark. This helps the air circulate around every part of the chop.
I prefer lamb chops when they’re cooked to 145°F. If you prefer yours more or less done, here are the ideal temperatures.
Rare is 130°F
Medium rare is 135°F
Medium well is 160°F
Well done is 165°F
For the best results, I always recommend checking the internal temperature with a meat thermometer.
- In a bowl, combine lamb chops, olive oil, red wine vinegar, rosemary, thyme, garlic powder, salt and black pepper. Rub the marinade into the meat and cover and chill for 1 hour in the fridge.
- Preheat air fryer to 400°F.
- Add lamb chops to the air fryer basket and cook for 5 minutes. Flip and cook for more 4 minutes or until lamb chops reach an internal temperature of 145°F for medium-well. Enjoy!
- Pat the chops dry with a paper towel before seasoning them to absorb excess moisture.
- Purchase lamb chops that are similar in size and thickness, so they cook evenly.
- Be careful not to overcrowd the air fryer. Arrange the chops in an even, single layer.
- Use a meat thermometer to check the internal temperature of the lamb for 145°F.
- To Store: Place leftovers in an airtight container and keep in the fridge for 3-4 days.
- To Freeze: Wrap each chop tightly in plastic wrap, and then store in a freezer-safe bag or container for 2-3 months.
- To Reheat: Reheat leftovers in the air fryer or oven at 350°F, or on the stovetop until heated through.
Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.