Asian Lamb Chops

Lamb chops (and lamb shanks) are at the top of my “craving” list.  We’ve tried them with different marinades, mostly with olive oil and rosemary, but I wanted something different this time around.  The recipe from Epicurious sounded easy, and I had all the ingredients in our pantry.  I thought the amount of soya sauce would be too salty, so I cut down on the measurement and eliminated the salt.  I only used ½ teaspoon of five-spice powder; it can be extremely strong and overwhelming.

I cut the rack of lamb into individual chops and marinated them overnight.  Make sure you take them out at least 20-30 minutes before grilling (allow them to come to room temperature).  Since it’s hardly BBQ season, I broiled them.   They don’t take very long to cook, depending on how rare you want.  I cooked them for approximately 6-8 minutes on each side, and they ended up being medium.  They were very tender and juicy.  I did find the lamb chops had quite a bit of fat on them, so I can’t say there was a lot of meat on each chop.  We could have easily eaten at least 6 each!

The marinade is enough for 18 chops but we had 9 on hand, so I cut the recipe in half.

Tip: drain any excess moisture from the lamb chops before grilling or broiling.  This will ensure a nice sear.

Asian Lamb Chops


  • 1 ½ tablespoons hoisin sauce
  • 1 tablespoon light soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon Shaoxing wine (Chinese rice/cooking wine)
  • ½ tablespoon sugar or honey
  • ½ teaspoon Chinese five-spice powder
  • 9 rib lamb chops (about 1.5 pounds), well trimmed
  1. Whisk first 5 ingredients in small bowl
  2. Transfer to large resealable plastic bag
  3. Add lamb chops; seal bag and turn to coat
  4. Marinate in refrigerator at least 4 hours or overnight
  5. Prepare barbecue (medium-high heat)
  6. Drain lamb, leaving some marinade clinging (if any)
  7. Grill lamb until slightly charred, about 3-5 minutes per side for medium rare/medium (this depends on how you like your lamb cooked)

Kitchen note:

  • I broiled the lamb chops in the oven for about 6-8 minutes on each side for medium well

Enjoy; I know we did!


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