Can you bake lamb chops? Since many of my readers ask me this question, I will talk about it in this post. If you are one of them, then this is for you too.
Lamb chops are some of the tasty and quick food you can make at home. It is perfect for family celebrations or for just an alternative protein source.
The great thing about lamb chops is that they are easy to prepare and only takes a few minutes to cook. But many wonder whether lamb chops can be baked.
So, can you bake lamb chops? The quick answer to this is yes. You can bake lamb chops in the oven. It is easy and quick. All you need to do is to follow some simple steps I shared in this post and you are done.
As mentioned, baking lamb chops will only about 20 minutes. It can be perfect if you have a daily busy schedule.
In this post, I will share with you some quick tips on how to bake lamb chops. I hope this helps.
How to Bake Lamb Chops (In Oven)?
What I am going to share with you in this post, is a simple process you can follow to bake your own lamb chops. The following are the simple steps you might want to follow.
Baking lamb chops in oven:
1. The first thing you need to do is to put pepper, olive oil, lemon slices, salt, oregano, and garlic in a freezer bag and mix them together. Then add the lamb chops and marinate them for 45 minutes to several hours.
Personally, I do it for 3-4 hours. This is to ensure that the aroma and flavor penetrate in the lamb. But this depends on your preference. If you are in a hurry, you can do it in 20 minutes.
2. Preheat your oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit for about 10 minutes.
3. Heat a frying pan on medium heat and pour the lamb chops into it including the residuals from marinade. This will enhance the flavor. Cook each side of the chops until brown. This will take about 3-4 minutes.
4. Put the frying pan straight into the preheated oven and bake the lamb chops for 8-10 minutes. I like to check if the internal temperature of the chops reaches 140 degrees Fahrenheit before I remove the pan from the oven. But again, this is my personal preference.
5. Once the lamb chops are done, remove the pan from the oven. Let them cool for a couple of minutes and serve.
There you go. You have just baked lamb chops in the oven. As you can see, baking chops is easy and quick. Anyone can do it.
Do lamb chops have to be cooked through?
Everybody has a personal taste preference. Many people eat lamb cooked at medium-rare temperatures ranging from 130-135 degrees Fahrenheit. The result is pink meat.
But if you are like me, I love lamb chops that are well done cooked at the high temperature of 160-165 degrees Fahrenheit. For me, this is the safest way to eat any type of meat. But again, this depends on one’s personal taste preference.
What temperature should lamb be cooked to?
As mentioned, you can cook lambs at different temperature ranges if you want. As a result, I cannot give you the exact cooking temperature. What I can give you are the temperature ranges.
Here are different temperature ranges you can choose:
Rare: 115-120 degrees Fahrenheit
Medium to rare: 120-125 degrees Fahrenheit
Medium: 130-135 degrees Fahrenheit
Medium-well: 140-145 degrees Fahrenheit
Well-done: 150-155 degrees Fahrenheit
What can you season lamb with?
Lamb can be seasoned with many natural seasonings. Herbs are some of the best you can use such as oregano, sage, basil, and mint. You can add spices too such as coriander, garlic, onion powder, chili powder, cayenne, and mustard powder. These spices will certainly add flavor to the chop lambs.
Can you over cook lamb?
The truth is that the time it takes to cook lamb depends largely on one’s personal preference. Some people want it rare to medium while others want it well-done.
Cooking the lamb for too long makes the lamb dry. For most people, this is not appetizing to eat. So you really want to weigh the pros and cons here.
Baking lamb chops might be so familiar method but it is a viable one. It is in fact, one of the quickest ways to cook lamb.
As mentioned in this post, you can bake lamb chops within a short period of time. It is perfect for your busy day. All you need to do is to marinate the lamb chops for about 20 minutes and bake them.
Of course, there are many ways to cook lambs. You can find them on the internet. All you need to do is to become creative and bold enough to try different cooking techniques.
I hope this helps. Thank you for reading.