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Easy Air Fryer Lamb Chops with Lemongrass and Chilis

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Air fryer lamb chops infused with the distinct flavors of Southeast Asia are your ticket to a gourmet-inspired dinner without the fuss. Give them a try next time you’re tired of the usual chicken and beef – they’re a great way to switch up your meal routine! 

A platter of air fryer lamb loin chops over a bed of rice.

What you’ll love about this recipe: 


  • Prep Ahead: The lemongrass marinade gives these lamb chops so much flavor and helps tenderize them. Prep them up to a day in advance to save time when you’re ready to cook!
  • Restaurant-Quality: Trust me, these lamb chops taste like they’re straight out of an upscale restaurant. Go ahead and impress your dinner guests (or just yourself)!
  • Boredom Buster: Lamb chops are a fantastic break from the usual chicken and beef. Well, say goodbye to monotony with this easy change!

You won’t believe how easy air fryer lamb chops are!

I have a seriously delicious and mouthwatering treat to share with you today.

I fell head over heels for air fryer lamb chops when I first made them for my Ninja Foodi Cookbook. In my opinion, it’s by far the best way to cook lamb! 

This recipe, with an easy lemongrass and chili marinade inspired by the flavors of Southeast Asia, takes them to a completely new level. 

It combines the savory punch of fish sauce with the brightness of lemongrass, the heat of chili paste, and a hint of brown sugar that helps them get all caramelized as they cook. They’re super tender and juicy with the perfect balance of savory, pungent, and sweet flavors. I’m drooling just thinking about them! 

To make things even better, this easy recipe is just as perfect for a weeknight dinner as it is for holidays or other special occasions. Give them a try the next time you find yourself tired of chicken and beef – or if you’re just in the mood to try something new!

Making the lemongrass marinade for Vietnamese inspired lamb chops.
Letting the lamb marinate before putting it in the air fryer.

Ingredients You’ll Need

Lamb Chops: You can use either lamb rib chops (what most people usually think of when they picture lamb chops or a rack of lamb, these usually have a long bone extending from one end) or loin chops, which are more compact, with a t-bone in the middle. I usually go for loin chops, which tend to be more affordable. Plus their compact size means they fit in the air fryer better! 

Fish Sauce: Fish sauce is an awesome condiment, and I always have a bottle of it in my fridge. It boosts the savory and umami flavors in your recipes and has a subtle sweetness that balances out bitter and spicy ingredients really nicely. If you’ve never used it before I will warn you: it smells super funky so I don’t advise sniffing it! That smell doesn’t come through in the final dish at all. 

Lemongrass Paste: I highly recommend Gourmet Garden paste for that fragrant burst of delicious flavor without the hassle of using fresh lemongrass. If you are lucky enough to have fresh lemongrass on hand, you can finely mince it. You’ll need 2 tablespoons.  Keep in mind that if you go this route, your marinade will be much dryer; that’s ok! Just rub it onto the chops liek a dry rub.

Lime Juice:  For a bit of tang and a citrusy flavor that complements the lemongrass. Fresh is always best, but bottled lime juice works in a pinch (just make sure it isn’t sweetened lime juice meant for cocktails)

Brown Sugar: To balance the flavors beautifully and help the chops caramelize.

Chili Paste: Sriracha, chili garlic sauce, or gochujang – it’s your call. Just bring on the heat!

Garlic: Always. 

Olive Oil: To help bring the marinade together.

Pro Tips

  • Don’t skip the marinating time. Letting your lamb chops soak up all those flavors makes the dish even more spectacular.
  • Let the lamb rest for a few minutes before serving – this lets the juices redistribute, bringing peak tenderness and juiciness to your chops!

Plated lamb chop over rice with a side of peanut Brussels sprouts.

Frequently asked questions

How should I store leftovers? 

Keep them in the fridge in an airtight container for up to 3 days. They’re great reheated gently or enjoyed at room temperature. I love putting leftover lamb chops on top of a salad! 

Is it okay to freeze marinated lamb chops? 

Absolutely! Make sure they’re in a sealed container or freezer bag for up to 3 months.

What should I serve these air fryer lamb chops with? 

You can go so many different directions! I love them with jasmine rice and Brussels sprouts in peanut sauce. They’re also great with green beans or broccoli. You could also serve them with noodles, like a lo mein, or on top of a big salad loaded with carrot, celery, cilantro, radishes, and peanut dressing. 

Can I bake them in the oven?

If you don’t have an air fryer, you can broil the lamb chops on high for 5 minutes on each side.

How do I know when the lamb chops are done? 

Use a meat thermometer to ensure they reach an internal temperature of 145F for medium-rare or 160F for medium. I don’t recommend cooking them beyond medium, becuase they can start to get tough and dry. 

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A platter of air fryer lamb loin chops over a bed of rice.

Air Fryer Lamb Loin Chops with Lemongrass and Chilis

Slide over chicken, move aside beef – it's time to let lamb chops take the culinary spotlight! We're bringing the vibrant flavors of lemongrass and chili to center stage in your kitchen with the most tender, juicy air fryer lamb chops you'll ever meet.
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Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Marinating Time 30 minutes
Total Time 55 minutes
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Servings 4 people
Calories 595 kcal

Equipment

Ingredients
  

  • ¼ cup fish sauce
  • 2 tablespoons lemongrass paste
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 lime juiced
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 2 garlic cloves minced
  • 1 teaspoon chili paste like sriracha or gochujang
  • 1 ½ pounds lamb loin chops (about 8 chops) or lamb rib chops
  • peanuts and cilantro for serving

Instructions
 

  • Make the marinade by combining the fish sauce, lemongrass paste, olive oil, lime juice, brown sugar, minced garlic, and chili paste in a large bowl. Add the lamb chops and let them marinate for at least 30 minutes at room temperature, or cover and refrigerate for up to 1 day.
  • When you're ready to cook, preheat your air fryer to 400ºF.
  • Remove the marinated lamb chops from the bowl, letting the excess drip off. Place lamb chops in your air fryer basket in a single layer.
  • Air fry for 15-20 minutes, or until the lamb is cooked to your liking.
  • Sprinkle the cooked lamb chops with fresh cilantro and chopped peanuts.

Nutrition

Serving: 2chopsCalories: 595kcalCarbohydrates: 9gProtein: 29gFat: 49gSaturated Fat: 20gPolyunsaturated Fat: 4gMonounsaturated Fat: 21gCholesterol: 126mgSodium: 1236mgPotassium: 442mgFiber: 1gSugar: 7gVitamin A: 13IUVitamin C: 6mgCalcium: 45mgIron: 3mg
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By on November 26th, 2023
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Hi, I'm Lauren!

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