Garlic Habanero Lamb Loin Chops

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‘Its really cold out right now here in Texas. But it’ll be 71 by Monday. Classic Texas weather. So when I have windows to get that “cold weather” food in that we all know and love about winter, I generally have a very short time frame. Heck I wouldn’t be surprised if its 80 tomorrow. So classics cold weather dishes are soups, pasta, stews, and roast for me typically. I felt like none of that today. I wanted something different but also something warm. Then I remember we have lamb in the fridge and I thought perfect!

Lamb is very comforting if you ask me. It takes to spices and seasonings incredibly well and that lamb taste is able to stand up to. I generally stew or roast lamb. But since I wasn’t in the mood for stew I chose a classic sear and finish in the oven.

Now this marinade was awesome. I was concerned it would overtake the lamb initially because I’ve never added habanero to lamb before but this is a keeper. Surprisingly the habanero was pretty subtle. Trust me on this.


  • 2lb lamb loin chops
  • 12 cloves garlic
  • 1 habanero pepper
  • 1 shallot
  • 1/2 lemon
  • 1/4c olive oil
  • 1tsp kosher salt
  • 1tsp pepper
  • 4Tb butter
  • Cracked black pepper
  • Smoked salt


  • To make marinade for lamb loin chops combine garlic, habanero, shallot, olive oil, lemon, salt and pepper into food processor and pulse till chopped.
  • Dump mixture over lamb and marinade overnight for best results.
  • Remove lamb from fridge 30 minutes before cooking so lamb comes to room temperature.
  • Season lamb on both sides with smoked salt and pepper.
  • Coat pan with a generous amount of canola oil to get a hard sear on lamb cook on both sides for 4 minutes. Transfer for oven safe pan.
  • Once all lamb is cooked. Remove from heat, drain off excess oil, and add butter and throw in extra marinade and cook garlic, shallot, habaneros.
  • Toss lamb into 400 degree preheated oven and cook for 10 minutes.
  • Let rest for 10 minutes and pour cooked butter garlic, habanero mixture over the top and enjoy.

3 responses to “Garlic Habanero Lamb Loin Chops”

  1. Wehre do you live in Texas? My Brother lived many years in Houston, now he is in Washington D.C. Best wishes from Switzerland

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