Treat yourself to the irresistible taste of our tempting Honey Harissa Lamb Chops. These juicy lamb chops are perfectly seasoned with a tantalizing harissa blend, and the best part? You control the heat! Adjust the amount of harissa to your personal preferences and ensure a sensational taste experience. The vibrant combination of sweet honey and fiery harissa creates a fascinating flavor balance that leaves you wanting more. For the ultimate grilling experience, fire up the grill and cook these delicious lamb chops to perfection. Be surprised by the delicious results.
- 2 tsp ground cumin
- 1 tsp ground coriander
- 2 garlic cloves, crushed
- 1 teaspoon dried oregano
- ½ lemon, grated and juiced
- 2 tbsp olive oil
- 8 lamb chops
- 1 tbsp rose harissa
- 1 tbsp honey
- Mix the cumin, coriander, garlic, oregano, lemon zest and juice, the olive oil and some spices in a large bowl.
- Place the lamb chops on a board and, using a mallet or rolling pin, lightly tap the eye (the meatiest part) of each one to flatten it slightly.
- Add the chops to the bowl with the marinade and turn until completely coated.
- Cover and let marinate for at least 30 minutes. Will keep refrigerated for up to a day.
- If the lamb is chilled, remove it from the refrigerator 30 minutes before cooking.
- Mix harissa and honey in a bowl.
- Cook the lamb chops under a hot grill, in a grill pan over high heat, or over ash coals on the grill for 5-7 minutes on each side.
- During the last 1-2 minutes of cooking, brush the chops with the harissa mixture.
- When the chops are done, they should be caramelized and the fat sizzling – they will be slightly pink in the center.
- Transfer the lamb chops to a plate, cover and let rest for a few minutes before serving.
Equipment and tools
For this recipe you will need the following equipment and tools:
- Grill or grill pan
- mixing bowl
- measuring spoon
- Garlic crusher or knife
- Zester or grater
- Basting brush
This recipe may contain allergens. Please see the following list of ingredients for possible allergens:
- Lamb chops
Storage and leftovers
If you have leftovers, you can store them in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. To reheat, simply heat the lamb chops in a skillet or microwave until heated through. Please note that the consistency and taste may change slightly when reheated.
The Health Benefits of Honey Harissa Lamb Chops
Lamb chops are not only delicious, but when prepared with healthy ingredients, they can also provide several health benefits. In this recipe, the addition of honey and harissa not only enhances the flavor but also increases the nutritional value of the dish.
1. Rich in protein
Lamb chops are an excellent source of high-quality protein. Protein is essential for building and repairing tissue, promoting muscle growth, and supporting a healthy immune system.
2. Packed with essential nutrients
Lamb is a good source of essential nutrients, including vitamin B12, niacin, zinc and selenium. Vitamin B12 is necessary for nerve function and red blood cell production, while niacin supports brain health and zinc and selenium play important roles in immune function and antioxidant defense.
3. Anti-inflammatory benefits
Harissa, a spicy paste made from chili peppers, has anti-inflammatory properties. It contains capsaicin, which can help reduce inflammation and relieve pain. Eating foods with anti-inflammatory properties can potentially reduce the symptoms of chronic diseases such as arthritis.
4. Digestive health
Honey has long been used as a natural remedy for digestive problems. It contains enzymes that aid digestion and promote the growth of beneficial intestinal bacteria. Additionally, honey has antioxidant and antibacterial properties that can help protect the digestive system.
5. Energy boost
The combination of honey and lamb provides a great source of energy. Honey is a natural sweetener that releases a steady stream of glucose into the bloodstream, providing sustained energy. On the other hand, lamb is a rich source of iron, which helps transport oxygen to cells and tissues, preventing fatigue and increasing energy levels.
6. Heart healthy
Using olive oil to marinate and cook the lamb chops provides heart-healthy monounsaturated fats. These fats can help lower cholesterol, lower blood pressure and reduce the risk of heart disease.
Overall, enjoying a dish of honey harissa lamb chops will not only satisfy your taste buds but also provide you with a range of health-promoting nutrients. So treat yourself to this tasty meal while reaping its nutritional benefits!