11 Lamb Chop Recipes That Have Us Ditching The Ham This Easter

11 Lamb Chop Recipes That Have Us Ditching The Ham This Easter

If you're looking for a low-key way to razzle-dazzle your family this Easter, we've got just the thing for you: lamb chops! Before you think lamb is a bit extra, trust us: Lamb chops are an iconic and holiday-worthy meal you can make all by yourself. Even if you don't make lamb chops often, these easy-to-follow recipes will ensure the star of your Easter meal comes out amazing. Once you've figured out which of these 11 lamb chop recipes to make this season, be sure to pair it with one of these side dishes worthy of those lamb chops.

First of all, what is a lamb chop exactly? As their name suggests, lamb chops are a cut that can come from the rib, loin, shoulder, and sirloin portion of the lamb, with the most familiar being from the rib. If you've ever had a rack of lamb or a crown roast, you likely already know that lamb is an easy (yet still super impressive) protein to serve for any dinner, whether it be Easter or just a regular weeknight dinner. Feel free to play around with all the different kinds of lamb chops too! Roasting lamb shoulder is just as good (and simple) as roasting a regular ol' rotisserie chicken, and will yield ultra-tender chops.

Best of all, lamb chops can be taken in so many flavorful directions. Our lamb marinade is our go-to for when we're craving Greek, and our Moroccan lamb tagine is impossible to mess up and will instantly transport you to Marrakesh.

To round out your meal, check out our favorite Easter desserts and Easter side dishes next. And if you're lucky to have leftovers, check out all our favorite ways to use up leftover lamb.

Rack of Lamb

A roasted rack of lamb is the perfect showstopper, especially when it comes to Easter dinner. If working with lamb isn't something you do often, it can seem intimidating. But trust us, it's really simple. Making a garlic-herb paste will add a huge amount of flavor without a ton of work (or time). Just pulse olive oil, garlic, and fresh herbs in a food processor (or blender), then let the meat marinate in it for an hour or so before roasting.

Get the Rack of Lamb recipe from Delish.

Perfect Roast Lamb

Roasting a lamb shoulder is just as easy, if not easier, than roasting a chicken, no matter if you keep it as chops or roast it whole. Seriously, all you need to do is rub your roast with a mixture of fresh herbs, garlic, and olive oil and throw it in the oven for an hour or so. Bonus points if you roast the meat on top of a bed of potatoes. (And why wouldn't you?)

Get the Perfect Roast Lamb recipe from Delish.

(Ethan Calabrese)
Garlicky Lamb Chops

When you need a super-fast weeknight dinner, lamb chops are the way to go. They're quick to make and just as easy as pork chops! These are amped up with the addition of fresh rosemary and garlic. Be sure to let them rest at least 5 minutes before digging in; that way, all those delicious juices will be locked into the meat rather than dripping down your chin. 😉

Get the Garlicky Lamb Chops recipe from Delish.

(John Komar)
Lamb Marinade

Few types of meat scream “special occasion” like lamb. So whether it's a dainty and delicious rib chop, a slow-cooked shank, or a centerpiece-worthy leg of lamb, this marinade will make it even more special. To get the most irresistible flavor possible, we blended tangy Greek yogurt, olive oil, earthy herbs and spices, and a few cloves of grated garlic for a spicy punch.

Get the Lamb Marinade recipe from Delish.

Best-Ever Lamb Stew

Hearty, flavorful lamb stew can be yours in under 2 hours, and all in one pot! With a rich, velvety broth and tender pieces of lamb, you'd be hard-pressed to find a cozier cold weather meal. This recipe calls for lamb shoulder, but any cut of lamb will do! Don't forget lots of crusty bread to mop up the delicious sauce.

Get the Best-Ever Lamb Stew recipe from Delish.

(Park Feierbach)
Spinach-and-Artichoke Crown Roast of Lamb

If you want a total stunner this Easter, you need to make this crown roast of lamb. Stuffed with cheesy spinach-artichoke rice, this lamb main dish will definitely impress your guests.

Get the Spinach-and-Artichoke Crown Roast of Lamb recipe from Delish.

(Ethan Calabrese)
Moroccan Lamb Tagine

Get ready to have your kitchen smell just like your favorite Moroccan restaurant. The dish traditionally uses lots of spices both savory and ones that lean more sweet, like cinnamon and cardamom, leading to a result that's so well-balanced and complex, without a ton of work. Serve it over perfectly cooked couscous for the best meal ever.

Get the Moroccan Lamb Tagine recipe from Delish.

(Parker feierbach)
Lamb Chops and Snap Pea Salad

This is one dish you'll wish you had leftovers of, especially when you serve them up with this fresh and crunchy salad of lightly pickled fennel and onion, snap peas, and herbs.

Get the Lamb Chops and Snap Pea Salad recipe from Good Housekeeping.

(mike garten)
Grilled Lamb Chops

Add these garlic-and-herb marinated lamb chops to your list of grilling recipes for the ultimate backyard cookout. Top them with marinated olives and serve with your favorite potato salad.

Get the Grilled Lamb Chops recipe from The Pioneer Woman.

(Will Dickey)
Rack of Lamb

This lamb is seasoned with a rub of garlic, fresh rosemary, Dijon mustard, and a little bit of honey. Best of all—it’s made on a sheet pan (no searing required!).

Get the Rack of Lamb recipe from The Pioneer Woman.

(Will Dickey)
Greek Lamb, Orzo, and Spinach Salad

Classic Greek ingredients and seasonings such as lamb, orzo, spinach, lemon, and oregano unite to form this fantastic summer salad.

Get the Greek Lamb, Orzo, and Spinach Salad recipe from Woman's Day.

(Hearst Owned)

Step aside, ham, it's lamb's time to shine this Easter. Nothing says special occasion quite like these 11 lamb chop recipes.