Turmeric Garlic Pan Fried Lamb Chops

If you are looking to feed a group with a quick recipe, these paleo and Whole30 Turmeric Garlic Pan Fried Lamb Chops are easy to make and so juicy and delicious!

Turmeric Garlic Pan Fried Lamb Chops

Lamb is one of my favorite meats, especially for special occasions and over the holidays. For some reason, it just seems so fancy and indulgent, but it’s actually one of the easiest meats to cook. Because lamb is so rich and flavorful, it’s hard overcook and you can cook it pretty darn quickly in the pan or the grill.

I made these Turmeric Garlic Pan Fried Lamb Chops a few months ago for my parents without following any kind of recipe. It was so good that I decided to make it again, this time measuring the ingredients so I can share it with you all. I’m thinking this dish will be on regular rotation in our house because the husband couldn’t stop raving about it.

Turmeric Garlic Pan Fried Lamb Chops

The longest step in this recipe is the marinating part, and then all you have to is pan fry the lamb chops for 3-4 minutes per side. It’s such an easy breezy recipe but the end result is so juicy and tender. The turmeric and the garlic add such a great flavor to this dish, and they are a delicious combo along with the lemon.

The next time you need to impress a group with a yummy meal, I hope you give these Turmeric Garlic Pan Fried Lamb Chops a try. I promise, you won’t regret it and you’ll have plenty of time leftover to mingle with your guests and cook some delicious sides!

Turmeric Garlic Pan Fried Lamb ChopsTurmeric Garlic Pan Fried Lamb Chops

Turmeric Garlic Pan Fried Lamb Chops

Turmeric Garlic Pan Fried Lamb Chops

If you are looking to feed a group with a quick recipe, these paleo and Whole30 Turmeric Garlic Pan Fried Lamb Chops are easy to make and so juicy and delicious!
5 from 11 votes
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Course: Main Course
Prep Time: 1 hour
Cook Time: 8 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 8 minutes
Servings: 4 servings
Author: Jean Choi


  • 1.5 lb lamb rib chops
  • 1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • Zest of 1 lemon
  • 4 garlic cloves minced
  • 1 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • 1/2 tsp turmeric powder
  • 1/2 tsp dried oregano
  • 1 tbsp coconut oil


  • Pat dry the lamb with a paper towel, and if they aren't separated already, use a sharp knife to slice between each rib to separate the chops
  • Combine extra virgin olive oil, lemon juice, lemon zest, garlic, sea salt, turmeric powder, and dried oregano to form a paste. 
  • Rub this marinade paste all over the lamb. Cover and marinate in the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes to 1 hour.
  • Heat coconut oil in a large skillet over medium heat.
  • Remove the lamb from the refrigerator and pan fry the lamb for 3-4 minutes on each side for medium rare. 
  • Serve with your favorite sides. 

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19 thoughts on “Turmeric Garlic Pan Fried Lamb Chops

  1. Irena Macri

    I haven’t made lamb chops in quite some time, but this beautiful spice blend is so inspiring, I may just have to go pick some up. Love the use of turmeric – I tend to sprinkle it on everything, but it pairs especially well with garlic! Yum.

  2. Sydney Severson

    This sounds amazing, especially the turmeric, but I have a chronic disease that prevents me from having lemon or anything acidic. Is there a substitute that I could use instead of the lemon or could I just rub the spices onto the lamb chops without forming a paste? Thanks for the recipe!

    1. Jean Choi Post author

      You can just omit the lemon, and up the salt to 2 tsp total. The rub may be a bit dry but it’ll still work!

  3. Jess K.

    Made this tonight for my boyfriend and he LOVED it (as did I!). Paired it with some roasted Brussels sprouts with onions and bacon.

    I knew I’d be short on cooking time today, so I marinated the lamb chops over night. I’m not sure how much of a game changer that was compared to just marinating for an hour, since this was my first time trying it, but it came out great. This will definitely be going into my regular cooking rotation.


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