Chef John's Grilled Lamb with Mint Orange Sauce


This tender grilled lamb recipe comes with a wonderful sauce that uses a blend of Mediterranean herbs and spices, orange, fresh mint, and a touch of cinnamon.

Prep Time:
10 mins
Cook Time:
10 mins
Additional Time:
4 hrs
Total Time:
4 hrs 20 mins


  • 2 pounds lamb loin chops

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil

  • 3 cloves garlic, minced

  • 1 tablespoon ground cumin

  • 1 teaspoon mixed herbs - Italian, Greek, or French blend

  • ½ teaspoon ground black pepper

  • ½ teaspoon ground coriander

  • ¼ teaspoon cinnamon

  • 1 pinch cayenne pepper

  • salt to taste


  • ¼ cup orange marmalade

  • 1 pinch hot chili flakes

  • ½ tablespoon rice vinegar

  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh mint


  1. Place lamb chops in a large bowl. Season with olive oil, garlic, cumin, mixed herbs, pepper, coriander, cinnamon, cayenne, and salt. Toss until well coated with oil and seasonings. Cover and refrigerate. Allow to marinate at least 4 hours.

  2. Preheat an outdoor grill for high heat and lightly oil the grate. Place lamb chops on grill. Sprinkle chops with a bit of salt. Grill until seared on the first side, 4 to 7 minutes depending on the size of the chops. Rotate chops a half turn on the grill about a minute before turning them. Turn and grill other side to desired doneness, another 4 to 7 minutes. For medium rare, an instant-read thermometer inserted into the center should bead 125 to 130 degrees F (54 degrees C). Transfer to a serving dish and tent loosely with foil.

  3. Place marmalade in a bowl. Add chili flakes, mint, and rice vinegar. Stir together thoroughly.

  4. Brush sauce over the chops and serve.

    Grilled lamb chops on a white platter garnished with orange slices and mint sprigs
    Chef John's Grilled Lamb with Mint Orange Sauce. Chef John

Editor's Note:

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Nutrition Facts (per serving)

438 Calories
31g Fat
12g Carbs
28g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 5
Calories 438
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 31g 39%
Saturated Fat 11g 57%
Cholesterol 108mg 36%
Sodium 126mg 5%
Total Carbohydrate 12g 5%
Dietary Fiber 1g 3%
Total Sugars 10g
Protein 28g
Vitamin C 2mg 10%
Calcium 51mg 4%
Iron 3mg 17%
Potassium 400mg 9%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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