The Cookbook Challenge: Week 18 BBQ recipe – Chilli Lamb Chops

by April@MyFoodTrail on March 25, 2010

in Cookbook Challenge 2010, Cooking, Lamb, Mains, Recipes

Theme: BBQ
Cookbook: Australian Family Favourites

I had no time this week to do the Cookbook Challenge but I didn’t want to fall further behind so I asked whether hubby was interested in doing it on my behalf on Sunday while I was at the food bloggers’ conference. I told him he would need to find a recipe, write a post and take the photos. Hubby is no photographer (he leaves it all to me) but I gave him my old compact camera to take the photos. Here is his first post!


Hi everyone, it’s April’s husband here (aka Hubby). As April was busy on Friday and Saturday, and attended the food bloggers’ conference on Sunday, I was entrusted to cooking this week’s themed dish – BBQ. I would have loved to have christened our BBQ but we have still haven’t got around to getting the mains gas conversion done after a year, so I used our stove-top grill pan instead.

Seeing April doesn’t like lamb much (and I love it), I thought, what better opportunity to cook some good old lamb chops? Generally when I have lamb chops I simply season with salt, pepper and rosemary, so I decided to try a different marinade and found this recipe. As mum and dad were coming over for dinner, I omitted the sambal oelek (as dad is a chilli wuss), but the brand of sweet chilli sauce we use has a bit of a kick, so there was still a little bit of heat (but not as much as I would have liked).

I also substituted the cutlets for mid-loin chops for a couple of reasons:
Cutlets are ridiculously expensive nowadays considering the meat yield and we usually get mid-loin chops from Vic Market for around $11-$12kg… and I love the fatty delicious strap of meat you get on the mid-loins 😛

And because our lemon tree still hasn’t bared any fruit, I substituted this with bottle lemon juice. Obviously if you have fresh lemons, use those.

I was a bit concerned that there may not have been enough marinade to adequately cover the mid-loin chops as the recipe was written for cutlets, but there was just enough marinade in the end.

Chilli lamb chops
Serves 4

4 garlic cloves, crushed
1 tablespoon grated ginger
1 teaspoon oil
1 teaspoon sambal oelek (I omitted this)
2 teaspoons ground coriander
2 teaspoons ground cumin
2 tablespoons soy sauce
2 tablespoons sweet chilli sauce
2 tablespoons lemon juice
12 lamb cutlets (I substituted this with mid-loin chops and there was still sufficient marinade)

1. Combine all ingredients (except the lamb) in a non-metallic bowl and season with salt & pepper to taste. Add the lamb and massage the marinade in by hand to ensure all sides are coated evenly, leave for 20 mins minimum at room temperature.

Marinating the lamb

2. Heat grill plate to medium high and cook lamb to your liking, for mid-loin chops cooked to medium, allow approx. 4 mins each side depending on thickness.

Cooking the lamb

I served the lamb with steamed rice and corn cobs accompanied with a homemade garlic and chive butter.

Would I make this again? Yes, the next time April’s not around! The marinade has the tendency to burn quite easily though so I’d probably cook it on a slightly lower heat. Overall I was surprised I liked the chops as much as I did because I’m not a big fan of cumin.

Written by Mr L

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{ 14 comments… read them below or add one }

Leona March 25, 2010 at 11:53 am

Hey Rilstaaaa ^_^

good ole aussie lamb chops! with chilli evennn better ^_^

your hubby is sooo sweet for cooking on behalf of you. Its always great when a bloke can cook ^_^


Jo - SecondHelping March 25, 2010 at 4:40 pm

Nice work "Hubby" 🙂

Love the lamb and the post.

I may need to get "The Beloved" to do a guest post for me one day…

And I totally agree with you regarding the strip of meat on a mid-loin – YUM


Megan March 25, 2010 at 9:45 pm

Good job! I know some people don't like cumin. I just don't like it when it overpowers the dish. It doesn't smell very nice. You could reduce it by half or substitute it for chili powder.


penny aka jeroxie March 25, 2010 at 11:21 pm

Nice work! I do agree. Not sure why lamb chops these days are so exxy! And I am with you, I like more spicy foods.


mademoiselle délicieuse March 26, 2010 at 12:27 am

Haha, I still haven't managed to get my husband to cook let alone participate in any blog posting! Congrats on the efforts =)


Cherrie Pie March 26, 2010 at 7:54 am

Great job "Hubby". Your first post was a good'n. I also love lamb and would give any opportunity to cook them on the bbq. Looking forward to reading more of your posts 🙂


Kat (Spatula, Spoon and Saturday) March 26, 2010 at 10:01 am

haha I love it. I have asked Josh to write a guest post (like a month ago) and he hasn't gotten around to doing it. and when he does, i'm sure it would be something abnormally embarassing.

see you tonight!


Vee - A Melbourne Munchkin. March 26, 2010 at 1:25 pm

Great first post, I LOVE lamb, and how nice of your husband! Lucky you, April – The guy I used to go out with didn't ever read my blog unless forced to, let alone write in it! 🙁


Maria@TheGourmetChallenge March 26, 2010 at 1:57 pm

wow, great job "hubby". I think you should do MORE posts. I love lamb and cumin, killer combination!! When ever we have lamb on bbq we sprinle a whole heap of chilli flakes and cracked cumin seeds all over the lamb and grill away….the best I say!!


Conor @ HoldtheBeef March 27, 2010 at 12:49 am

Woo! Welcome to bloggyland "Hubby"! You'll have to make a regular thing of this, I like lamb and April just hasn't been helping me out with any lamb recipes 😉


Agnes March 29, 2010 at 9:00 pm

Awww, well done Mr L! Hopefully the first post of many!


Iron Chef Shellie March 30, 2010 at 2:37 pm

Go hubby!!
I'm doing my rice one this week as well as tangy! .. as well as everything else!! haha


Adrian @ Food Rehab March 31, 2010 at 1:07 pm

Nice work here- espeacially with the grill marks! I'd eat these babies to the bone!!!!


April @ My Food Trail March 31, 2010 at 4:03 pm

Hi everyone: Thanks for your great comments! Hubby says thanks and he really enjoyed reading them all!


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