Air Fryer Lamb Chops are seared to perfection in the air fryer, so simple to make and a delicious option for dinner you'll love making over and over again.
These air fryer lamb chops are more tender and flavorful than any lamb chops you've had before! Cooking them in the air fryer seals in the natural juices and flavors while giving a gorgeous browned finish.
Cooking lamb chops in air fryer is tastier and more straightforward than cooking them any other way. The air fryer keeps all of the juices contained, so there are no splashes to clean off the stovetop while keeping the juices in so they don't dry out like they can in the oven.
The best thing about this recipe for lamb chops in air fryer is the mint and cumin marinade, which gives the meat a fresh, yet earthy flavor. It's a beautiful complement to the robust flavor of the lamb itself.
**Find the full list of ingredients along with the recipe instructions at the end of this post**
Choosing your lamb chops: The most important ingredient in air fried lamb chops is the lamb itself. Your chops should be light red with smooth, white fat.
The fat should be evenly distributed throughout the chop. Ideally, your chops should be around an inch thick. There's more information about how to choose the right lamb chop in the FAQ section below.
How to cook lamb chops in air fryer
Pat dry the chops with a paper towel; in a large bowl or zip lock bag, add the lamb chops, onion, cumin, parsley, lemon juice, salt, and pepper; rub until the chops are all well coated. Cover and transfer to the refrigerator and chill for 1 hour.
Preheat the air fryer to 400ºF for 5 minutes. Place the lamb chops in the air fryer basket in a single layer and cook for 6 minutes, flipping halfway through.
Once cooked to your preferred doneness, remove it from the air fryer basket and let it rest for 5 minutes before serving. Enjoy!
- The longer you leave the meat to marinade, the deeper the flavor and the more tender the texture. You can leave your meat to marinate for up to 5 hours.
- New Zealand and Australian lamb have a more robust flavor than American lamb. Which one you choose is down to your preference, but it's worth bearing this in mind.
How long to cook lamb chops in air fryer
How long you cook the chops in the air fryer depends on how well you like them and on the size of the chops and model of air fryer.
In general, the cooking times are:
- 6 minutes for medium doneness (internal temperature of 140-145°F)
- 7-8 minutes for medium-well done (internal temperature of 145-150°F)
- 10 minutes for well done (internal temperature of 155°F and higher)
Always use a meat thermometer in the thickest part of the meat to check the temperature.
What to serve with lamb chops
Lamb chops are lovely served with vegetables for a hearty and well-rounded meal that's packed full of vitamins and minerals. This air fryer whole sweet potatoes recipe is perfect with lamb, a healthy alternative to mashed potatoes is this delicious mashed cauliflower.
What vegetable goes well with lamb chops?
When I make lamb rib chops in air fryer, I love to serve them with these crispy air fryer baby potatoes, delicious air fryer roasted asparagus, this perfectly roasted green beans and sweet and tender air fryer baby carrots.
How to store lamb chops
One of the great things about making lamb in an air fryer is that you can marinade it ahead of time, and then it's ready to go as a quick, simple, and delicious meal option!
Once you've marinated the lamb, you can store it in the fridge for up to four days, as long as it's sealed in an airtight container. Marinated lamb will keep in the freezer for up to three months.
The same rules apply for storing cooked lamb chops, seal them in an airtight container, and they will keep in the fridge for up to 4 days and in the freezer for up to three months. If you are freezing lamb chops, be sure to separate them with a sheet of wax paper so they don't get stuck together.
How to reheat lamb chops
The best way to reheat your lamb chops is in the air fryer. Reheating lamb in an air fryer won't dry out like they can in the oven.
To reheat your lamb chops in the air fryer, preheat to 350°F and put the chops in for 3-5 minutes, turning halfway through the cooking time.
If you're reheating them from frozen, you'll need to increase the length of time.
To reheat your lamb chops in the oven, preheat to 350°F and put the chops in for 5-10 minutes, turning halfway through the cooking time.
If you're reheating them from frozen, you'll need to defrost them first.
Always use a meat thermometer to check that your lamb chops have reached a safe internal temperature of at least 145°F.
How to pick lamb chops
When choosing the meat for your air fryer lamb chops, there are a few things to think about:
- If possible, buy your meat from a butcher. They will be able to tell you about the quality of the meat and advise you on the best cut.
- Look for a loin, rib, or sirloin chop as the meat is more tender. Shoulder or leg chops will need more time to marinate to make them tender.
- Look for chops that are light red with white fat. The fat should be smooth, and the meat should be textured.
- Make sure your chops are thick enough - ideally just over an inch thick.
- Chops from Australia or New Zealand, or are grass-fed, usually have a more robust flavor. Some people like the strong lamb flavor, and some do not! Which you choose is down to your preference.
Should you wash lamb chops before cooking?
I never wash lamb chops before cooking them, and the FDA recommends that you don't wash any meat or poultry.
They make this recommendation because when you wash meat and poultry, water splashes can spread bacteria around your kitchen, creating a risk of cross-contamination.
As long as you cook your lamb chops to the minimum safe recommended temperature (145°F), this will kill any harmful bacteria, so there is no need to wash the meat. Always use a meat thermometer to check that your lamb chops have reached the right temperature.
How long can you marinate lamb chops?
When cooking lamb chops in air fryer, you need to let them marinate for at least 30 minutes for the meat to become tender and absorb the flavors.
The ideal amount of time to marinate lamb chops is an hour, but you can marinate them for up to 5 hours.
What is the internal temperature for lamb chops?
The ideal internal temperature for lamb chops depends on how well done you like your lamb.
The minimum safe temperature for lamb is 145°F. This temperature will give you a medium lamb chop.
A temperature of 145-150°F will give you a medium-well-done lamb chop, and 155°F and higher will provide you with well-done chops.
What kind of lamb chops work for this recipe?
I like to taste the lamb flavor as I think it complements the marinade well, so I've chosen a grass-feed New Zealand lamb chops cut I used was ribs.
Take a look at the question 'how to pick lamb chops' for more information on choosing the best chop for you.
More Air Fryer Recipes to try
- 1.5 pounds lamb chops
- 1 teaspoon onion powder
- ½ teaspoon ground cumin
- ¼ cup chopped fresh parsley or fresh mint
- 1 lemon, juice
- Salt and pepper to taste
- Sprayer bottle with olive oil
- Pat dry lamb chops with a paper towel; in a large bowl or zip lock bag add the lamb chops, onion, cumin, parsley, lemon juice, salt and pepper, Rub until the chops are all well coated. Cover and transfer to the refrigerator and chill for 1 hour.
- Preheat the air fryer to 400ºF for 5 minutes. Place the lamb chops in the air fryer basket in a single layer and cook flipping halfway through for:
6 minutes. Doneness Medium (internal temperature 140-145ºF)
7-8 minutes. Doneness Medium well (internal temperature 145-150ºF)
10 minutes. Doneness Well done (internal temperature 155ºF plus)
3. Once cooked to your preferred doneness remove from the air fryer basket and let it rest for 5 minutes before serving. Enjoy!
Nutrition Information:Yield: 3 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 739Total Fat: 53gSaturated Fat: 25gTrans Fat: 3gUnsaturated Fat: 26gCholesterol: 206mgSodium: 283mgCarbohydrates: 2gFiber: 1gSugar: 0gProtein: 65g
Please keep in mind that the nutritional information is calculated using a nutrition facts calculator. It is a rough estimate and can vary significantly based on products used. When the recipe list salt to taste the amount of salt is not calculated, only the sodium in the other ingredients is calculated.