Delicious Lamb Chops Recipe with Red Wine Marinade

Welcome to my kitchen! Today, I am here to share with you one of my favorite lamb chop recipes that will surely take your taste buds to a whole new level. Get ready for the ultimate indulgence with my Lamb Chops in a Red Wine Olive Marinade recipe!

As a sommelier, I believe that lamb chops are perfect for pairing with red wine, especially when marinated with other complementary ingredients. This recipe is one of the best lamb marinade recipes that I’ve ever made – flavorful, juicy, and tender.

If you’re a fan of grilled lamb chops or slow-cooked lamb shoulder chops, prepare to be amazed by the delicious infusion of flavors in this red wine olive marinade that will elevate your dining experience. Trust me; your senses will be awakened with every bite!

So, if you’re looking to impress your family or friends at your next cookout or dinner party, then you’ll want to try out this Lamb Chops in a Red Wine Olive Marinade recipe. Let’s get started!

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

Lamb Chops in a Red Wine Olive Marinade
Lamb Chops in a Red Wine Olive Marinade

If you’re a lover of lamb chops, then this red wine and olive marinade recipe is definitely one for you. The juicy, succulent flavors of the lamb are elevated to their highest potential with this delicious and hearty marinade. Here’s why you’ll love this recipe:

Firstly, one of the main reasons to love this recipe is how simple it is to make. The ingredients, including the red wine and black olives, can be found at any local grocery store, which means that you don’t have to search high and low for them. This marinade only takes a few minutes to prepare and creates a rich flavor that will impress your dinner guests.

Another reason to love this recipe is the depth of flavor provided by the marination process. Marinating the lamb overnight allows for the flavors to seep into every crevice of the meat, turning even the toughest cuts into a tender, melt-in-your-mouth delicacy.

Additionally, this recipe offers versatility in terms of cooking methods; whether grilled on an outdoor barbeque or braised in the oven, this marinade compliments all types of lamb cuts. And if you’re looking to switch things up from traditional lamb dishes such as roast lamb or slow-cooked lamb, these marinated chops provide a fresh twist on classic flavors.

Lastly, this recipe pairs perfectly with many side dishes and drink options. Complete your meal by pairing it with garlic mashed potatoes or roasted vegetables for a balanced diet. On top of that, a glass of red wine would further enhance the flavors of both the dish and drink, creating an overall sublime dining experience.

In conclusion, if you’re looking for a delicious new way to enjoy some amazing lamb chops, try out this red wine and olive marinade recipe; its unique blend of savory flavors is sure to turn any dinner into an experience worth savoring.

Ingredient List

 Succulent lamb chops marinated in a robust red wine olive sauce
Succulent lamb chops marinated in a robust red wine olive sauce

Ingredients you’ll need for Lamb Chops in a Red Wine Olive Marinade Recipe

This recipe calls for some classic ingredients such as lamb loin chops and olive oil, as well as some unexpected ones like black olives, red wine vinegar, and mustard that will lend a unique flavor profile to your lamb chops. Here’s what you’ll need:

  • 8-10 lamb loin chops
  • 1/4 cup dry red wine
  • 2 tbsp red wine vinegar
  • 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/2 cup pitted black olives, chopped
  • 1 tbsp Dijon mustard
  • 1 tbsp honey
  • Fresh ground black pepper
  • Fresh rosemary, chopped

Make sure to have these ingredients on hand before starting. They can be found at your local grocery store or online.

The Recipe How-To

 Inject flavors like never before with the perfect lamb chops marinade
Inject flavors like never before with the perfect lamb chops marinade

Step 1: Marinate the lamb chops

Combine 1/4 cup of red wine, 2 tablespoons of red wine vinegar, 2 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil, 2 garlic cloves minced, and 1 tablespoon of fresh rosemary in a shallow dish. Season both sides of four lamb loin chops with freshly ground black pepper and drizzle with the marinade. Cover and marinate in the refrigerator for at least two hours (preferably overnight) for a more flavorful and tender meat.

Step 2: Prepare the Lamb Chop Marinade

In a separate bowl, mix together 1/2 cup of dry red wine, 1/4 cup of balsamic vinegar, 2 teaspoons of Dijon mustard, 5 teaspoons of honey glaze, 3 tablespoons of olive oil, and freshly ground black pepper to taste. Set aside.

Step 3: Sear the lamb chops on a grill or stovetop

Preheat your grill or stovetop pan over high heat. Remove the lamb chops from the marinade and pat them dry with a paper towel. Drizzle with olive oil and season both sides with salt and pepper. Cook on each side for about 4-5 minutes until they are seared nicely and slightly pink inside.

Step 4: Serve and Enjoy!

Spoon a generous amount of the marinade on top of each chop. Serve hot along with your favorite side dishes such as grilled vegetables, roasted potatoes or mashed sweet potatoes. This grilled lamb recipe is perfect for festive occasions or barbecue parties, adding depth to any meal with its tangy yet savory red wine garlic flavor.

Substitutions and Variations

 Give your taste buds an explosion of flavor with these lamb chops in red wine olive marinade
Give your taste buds an explosion of flavor with these lamb chops in red wine olive marinade

Are you looking for ways to add your own spin on this lamb chop recipe? Here are some substitution ideas and variation options that can help you customize the dish to your liking.

– Lamb loin chops: You could use other cuts of lamb in place of loin chops, such as rib chops or shoulder chops. Keep in mind that cooking times may vary depending on the thickness of the cut.

– Red wine: While we recommend using a dry red wine like Merlot or Cabernet Sauvignon for the marinade, you can also experiment with other types of red wine to achieve different flavors.

– Olives: Although black olives are called for in this recipe, you can try using green olives instead or even omitting them altogether if you’re not a fan.

– Garlic: If you love garlic, feel free to add more than two cloves to the marinade. Alternatively, you could use roasted garlic for a milder flavor.

– Rosemary: Fresh rosemary is best for this recipe, but if you don’t have any on hand, you can substitute it with dried rosemary.

– Olive oil: We recommend using extra-virgin olive oil for this recipe, but regular olive oil will also work.

– Red wine vinegar: If you don’t have any red wine vinegar, you could use white wine vinegar or balsamic vinegar instead.

– Honey glaze: For a sweeter version of this recipe, try replacing the red wine garlic marinade with a honey glaze made with ½ cup honey, 2 tsp mustard, and 2 tbsp balsamic vinegar.

– Cherry sauce: Instead of using olive oil in the marinade, try marinating the lamb chops in a cherry sauce made with 1 cup pitted cherries, ½ cup dry red wine, and 2 tbsp olive oil.

These are just a few examples of how you can customize this recipe to suit your taste preferences. Don’t be afraid to experiment and come up with your own unique variations of this delicious lamb chop dish.

Serving and Pairing

 A recipe that will be the talk of the dinner table - Lamb chops in red wine sauce
A recipe that will be the talk of the dinner table – Lamb chops in red wine sauce

Once your lamb chops have marinated for at least 4 hours and are grilled to perfection and juicy, it’s time to serve them up with the perfect pairing.

Due to the bold flavors of the marinade, I suggest serving these lamb chops alongside some simple sides such as roasted root vegetables or a fresh green salad. You want to allow the flavors of the lamb and marinade to shine without any competition.

As for pairing, it’s no secret that red wine and lamb go hand in hand. A bold red wine with tannins like a Cabernet Sauvignon or Syrah will complement the rich flavors of the lamb and marinade. For a lighter-bodied option, a Pinot Noir or Beaujolais will also do the trick.

If red wine isn’t your thing, then you could also pair these lamb chops with a dry sparkling rosé or even a full-bodied white wine like Chardonnay. Just make sure to avoid anything too sweet that could clash with the savory flavors of the marinade.

Overall, these marinated lamb chops in a red wine olive marinade are sure to be a crowd-pleaser at any occasion. And with so many wine pairing options available, you can find the perfect match to suit everyone’s tastes.

Make-Ahead, Storing and Reheating

 The perfect holiday feast addition - Lamb chops in red wine olive marinade
The perfect holiday feast addition – Lamb chops in red wine olive marinade

If you’re looking for a dish you can prepare in advance, this lamb chops in a red wine olive marinade recipe is perfect for you. You can marinate the chops up to 48 hours ahead of grilling or cooking them. Just place the lamb chops in a sealable plastic bag, pour the marinade over them, and refrigerate until ready to use.

If you have leftovers that you want to save, store them in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to three days. To reheat, preheat your oven to 350°F (180°C) and place the lamb chops on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Bake them until they reach an internal temperature of 145°F (63°C), which should take about 10 minutes. You can also reheat them on the stovetop using a non-stick skillet over medium heat.

One of my favorite things about lamb chops is that they’re incredibly versatile. You can serve them as they are, slice them and toss them into salads or pastas, or even use them as toppings for pizzas. The possibilities are truly endless when it comes to this delicious cut of meat.

As for pairing suggestions, I would recommend serving these lamb chops with sides like ratatouille, roasted root vegetables, or even mashed potatoes. To complement the rich flavor of the red wine marinade, you may want to consider pairing these lamb chops with a bold red wine such as Cabernet Sauvignon or Zinfandel.

Overall, this lamb chop recipe is an easy make-ahead dish that’s sure to impress your guests with its savory flavors and tender texture. Whether serving it for dinner parties or weekday meals, this dish is a crowd-pleaser that will wow anyone’s taste buds!

Tips for Perfect Results

 The aroma alone of these lamb chops in a red wine olive marinade is sure to leave your mouth watering
The aroma alone of these lamb chops in a red wine olive marinade is sure to leave your mouth watering

To get the most flavor out of the lamb chops in a red wine olive marinade recipe, it’s essential to make sure they are cooked to perfection. Here are some helpful tips for ensuring perfect results:

Firstly, make sure you marinate the lamb chops for at least four hours. The longer the chops marinate, the more flavorful they will be. I recommend marinating them overnight in the fridge.

Secondly, when removing the lamb chops from the marinade, be sure to pat them dry with paper towels before cooking. This will ensure that excess moisture is removed and that a nice crust forms on the outside of the meat.

Next, heat up your grill or pan to high heat before adding your lamb chops. The high heat will give the chops a nice sear on the outside while keeping them moist on the inside.

When grilling, cook each side for 3-4 minutes for medium-rare or 5-6 minutes for medium, while when using a pan, cook each side for 3-4 minutes over medium-high heat. In both methods, it’s vital not to overcook them; otherwise, they’ll dry out quickly.

Finally, let the lamb chops rest for 5-6 minutes before serving to allow the juices to redistribute evenly throughout the meat. This will enhance their taste and texture considerably.

With these tips in mind, you’ll be able to enjoy perfectly grilled or pan-fried lamb loin chops in a delicious red wine olive marinade every time!


Now, let’s tackle some frequently asked questions related to the lamb chops in red wine olive marinade recipe. You might have some confusion about storing and reheating the leftovers, or you may wonder how long you should marinate lamb chops in this recipe. In any case, these FAQs will help you clear up any doubts and ensure that you get the best results possible when cooking this dish.

How long should you marinate lamb chops?

For optimal outcome, my suggestion would be to marinate the lamb chops for approximately 4 to 5 hours. However, if time is limited, a 30-minute soak should suffice. Alternatively, if you want to prepare ahead of time, you can keep the chops in the marinade overnight.

Can I use red wine with lamb chops?

If you’re looking for the perfect wine to pair with lamb chops, I would highly recommend trying out some Pinot noir or Bordeaux blends. Alternatively, you can consider some of the bold Italian reds that I mentioned earlier. To switch it up a bit, you may want to experiment with medium- and full-bodied Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot to see which one works best for you.

How long can you marinate lamb?

Marinades give lamb a powerful punch of flavor, but the time it sits in it is key. Smaller portions only require four hours while larger chunks are better off soaking for up to 48 hours. Prolonging this process could be futile; the optimal level of seasoning will already be reached within the recommended timeframe.

Should you wash lamb chops before marinating?

It is not advisable to rinse raw beef, pork, lamb, or veal before cooking due to the risk of transferring bacteria from the meat and poultry juices to other surfaces, utensils, and foods.

Bottom Line

If you’re in need of a show-stopping dish to impress your dinner guests, look no further than lamb chops in red wine olive marinade. This recipe blends the perfect balance of rich, bold flavors that make for a truly unforgettable dining experience.

From the succulent lamb loin chops to the flavorful blend of black olives, garlic cloves, and fresh rosemary, this dish is sure to tantalize your taste buds. And with the addition of dry red wine and extra virgin olive oil, these chops are lifted to a new height of sophistication.

But don’t just take my word for it – try it yourself! Not only is this dish incredibly delicious, but it’s also easy to prepare and can be customized to your preference as well. From braised lamb shoulder chops to grilled lamb rack and slow-cooked lamb, the options are endless.

And let’s not forget about pairing. This delectable dish is perfectly complemented by a full-bodied red wine such as Cabernet Sauvignon or Merlot. Serve it up with some roasted vegetables on the side, and you’re all set for a meal that will leave any guest impressed.

So what are you waiting for? Try out this recipe today and treat yourself to the best lamb chop marinade you’ll ever have!

Lamb Chops in a Red Wine Olive Marinade

Lamb Chops in a Red Wine Olive Marinade Recipe

Fantastic, succulent lamb chops for the grill. My husband's specialty. Recipe inspired by Rob Rainford. Marinating time not included in cook time.
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Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine Mediterranean
Calories 1043.4 kcal


  • 1/3 cup fresh rosemary, chopped
  • 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 10 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 tablespoons black olives, minced or 2 tablespoons tapenade
  • 1 teaspoon fresh ground black pepper
  • 1 cup red wine
  • 12 lamb loin chops, trimmed


  • Blend rosemary, olive oil, garlic, tapenade or olives, pepper and wine in a blender or food processor until smooth.
  • Reserve 1/4 of the marinade and pour the remainder over the lamb chops.
  • Let the chops marinate in the refrigerator for 45 minutes to 1 hour.
  • 20 minutes before grilling, take chops from the refrigerator and allow to come to room temperature.
  • Preheat the grill to 450°F
  • Season chops with salt and pepper and sear on the grill for about 2 minutes per side.
  • Lower heat slightly and continue cooking, turning and basting with remaining marinade occasionally for another 5 to 10 minutes until the chops are done to your liking.
  • Remove from grill, tent with foil and let rest for 5 minutes.

Add Your Own Notes


Serving: 245gCalories: 1043.4kcalCarbohydrates: 5.1gProtein: 47.2gFat: 86.7gSaturated Fat: 35gCholesterol: 210.9mgSodium: 195mgFiber: 0.8gSugar: 0.4g
Keyword < 60 Mins, Lamb/Sheep, Meat, Very Low Carbs
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