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grilled lamb chops with a mint pesto on a white plate with grilled vegetables
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5 from 20 votes

Marinated Grilled Lamb Chops with a Mint Pesto

What's on your grill day menu? How about trying these so very flavorful marinated grilled lamb chops with fresh mint pesto. It's a delicious restaurant style dish that will keep your friends and family coming back for more.
Prep Time10 minutes
Cook Time20 minutes
Total Time30 minutes
Course: Entree
Cuisine: American
Servings: 2
Calories: 553kcal
Author: Chef Dennis Littley


  • 1 pound lamb chops I used the porterhouse style
  • 2 tbsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • 1 tsp cracked black pepper
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 1 tsp lemon zest

Mint Pesto

  • ½ cup mint
  • ¼ cup Italian parsley
  • 1 clove garlic
  • ½ tsp lemon zest
  • 1 tbsp salted roasted almonds
  • sea salt to taste


Lamb Chops

  • In a small bowl add the ingredients for the marinade and mix well.  
  • Put the lamb chops in a sealable plastic bag and pour the marinade over them. Move the chops around in the bag so the marinade coats them well. Marinate the lamb chops for 1 hour.
  • Grill the lamb chops over high heat for 3 to 4 minutes per side for medium-rare.

Mint Pesto

  • In a food processor, combine the mint leaves with the parsley,  Pulse for a few seconds.
  • Add the lemon zest, almonds and garlic (optional) and pulse until chopped. 
  • With the machine on, add the Extra Virgin Olive Oils in a thin stream and process until smooth. Season the pesto with sea salt to taste.


Calories: 553kcal | Carbohydrates: 5g | Protein: 57g | Fat: 32g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Cholesterol: 171mg | Sodium: 1305mg | Potassium: 884mg | Fiber: 2g | Vitamin A: 1110IU | Vitamin C: 16.4mg | Calcium: 87mg | Iron: 6.4mg