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How to cook lamb loin chops

Loin chops when cooked quickly on the grill develop a caramelised crust and have a pink, juicy centre. Perfect all year round to satisfy those lamb cravings as well as being super easy to prepare.

The cut

Cut from the portion of the loin from the 13th rib to the point of the hip bone, between the rack and rump (top end of leg). Due to the fat interspersed within the lean component, loin chops require longer cooking to bring out the flavour and tenderness.

How to cook

Best cooking methods – Pan Fry, BBQ

Loin chops are a great way to satisfy that lamb craving and can be cooked on the frying pan or grilled on the barbecue. When using the barbecue, brush the meat with oil and season or marinate. Preheat the grill or barbecue and cook for 3-4 minutes on each side or more depending on the desired doneness. Chops will be soft and springy with moist pink juices for medium-rare, firm and springy for medium, and very firm with no sign of juices for well done. Use tongs to turn the meat, rather than a barbecue fork, to avoid juices escaping. Allow the lamb to rest after cooking for a tender and juicy result.

If pan-frying, preheat a heavy-based frying pan, brush oil over the meat and add to the pan. Keep the temperature moderately high; this should be enough to keep the meat sizzling without burning. Cook one side until the first sign of moisture appears on the upper side and turn to cook the other side, turning once only. As with barbecuing, rare is soft when pressed, medium springy, and well done is very firm. Rest the meat for a few minutes before serving.

Nutritional information

Summary:
  • Good source of Protein
  • Good source of Vitamin B12
  • Good source of Zinc
  • Source of Iron
  • Low Sodium
Nutrient Composition:

Mid Loin Chops, Raw, Lean (per 100g)

  • Energy: 591kJ
  • Energy: 140kcal
  • Protein: 20.0g
  • Total Fat: 6.6g
  • Saturated Fat: 2.8g
  • Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.4g
  • Omega 3: 0.160g
  • Monounsaturated Fat: 2.0g
  • Cholesterol: 66.2mg
  • Sodium: 77mg
  • Iron: 1.5mg
  • Zinc: 2.7mg
  • Vitamin B12: 1.9ug
  • Vitamin D3: 0.05ug
  • 25-OH Vitamin D3: 0.085ug
  • Selenium: 5.5ug

Consider nutrition information of other ingredients added while cooking.

Source: The Concentration of Selected Nutrients in New Zealand Beef and Lamb Cuts and Offal Items, 2nd edition. Massey University, May 2013

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