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Grilled Oregano-Lemon Lamb Chops with Orzo

Real Simple MARCH 2001

  • Yield: Serves 4
  • Prep time: 15 Minutes
  • Other: 2 Hours, 15 Minutes


  • 8 4-ounce lamb rib chops (or 4 8-ounce loin chops)
  • 1/3 cup olive oil
  • 2 whole lemons, thinly sliced
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh oregano (or 2 teaspoons dried oregano)
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground pepper
  • 1 pound orzo
  • 1 large tomato, chopped
  • Tsatsiki


Combine all the ingredients except the orzo and the tomato in a shallow dish. Marinate in the refrigerator for 2 to 3 hours.

In a large stove-top grill pan or in the broiler, grill the rib chops 2 to 3 minutes per side for medium rare, 4 to 5 minutes for medium to medium well. (For loin chops, grill 5 to 6 minutes for medium rare, 7 to 8 minutes for medium to medium well.)

Meanwhile, prepare the orzo according to the package instructions for 4 servings. Add the tomato, stir, and season to taste with salt. Serve hot with the chops, accompanied by the Tsatsiki.

Nutritional Information

Amount per serving
  • Calcium: 44mg
  • Calories: 683
  • Calories from fat: 0%
  • Carbohydrate: 86g
  • Cholesterol: 88mg
  • Fat: 18g
  • Fiber: 4g
  • Iron: 6mg
  • Protein: 43mg
  • Saturated fat: 7g
  • Sodium: 157mg

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