Grilled Lamb Chops with Harissa Yogurt,  grilled summer veggies and fresh mint- a simple, easy meal perfect for outdoor entertaining! If you’ve never tried grilling lamb chops, this easy recipe will show you how easy it is! 

Harissa Grilled Lamb Chops with Harissa Yogurt and summer veggies- a simple easy meal, perfect for entertaining! #lamb #lambchops #grilledlamb #grilledlambchops

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Here’s another delicious catering recipe I wanted to share with you: Grilled Lamb Chops with Harissa Yogurt. The lamb is seasoned with a simple Harissa spice rub, then grilled alongside summer veggies of your choice. Today I’ve used sweet peppers, zucchini and summer squash.

It all gets plattered up together with the flavorful harissa yogurt-an easy and surprisingly fast meal that is perfect for summer grilling and entertaining.

Feel free to use store-bought harissa paste or make your own from scratch, either way, I know you’ll love these North African flavors paired with the lamb. Such a delicious combination!

Harissa Grilled Lamb Chops with Harissa Yogurt and summer veggies- a simple easy meal, perfect for entertaining! #lamb #lambchops #grilledlamb #grilledlambchops

This recipe starts with fresh lamb.  I love using tender lamb chops for this recipe, but lamb sirloin, shoulder, or lamb loin would all work well too. You can also turn these into kababs, threading skewers with one-inch chunks of lamb.

I prefer to use sustainably raised, locally grown, American lamb, which is raised closer to home compared to the imported lamb that travels from great distances to get here. For one, it’s fresher but more importantly, it supports our local community.

Fresh local lamb is available in nearly every state and is available year-round, just check your local farmers market. In years past we’ve bought ½ or ¼ of a lamb locally and kept it frozen, which is always an option too.

American Lamb is a high-quality protein you can feel good about serving your friends and family.  The family farmers and ranchers that produce lamb in the US take care of the land and their animals, letting them graze and forage on a variety of nutrient-dense grasses and legumes – producing succulent, sweet and tender meat.

 

Harissa Grilled Lamb Chops with Harissa Yogurt and summer veggies- a simple easy meal, perfect for entertaining! #lamb #lambchops #grilledlamb #grilledlambchops

The recipe starts with stirring together a few spices to make the flavorful Harissa rub.

Coat each lamb chop lightly with the Harissa spice rub. Harissa Grilled Lamb Chops with Harissa Yogurt and summer veggies- a simple easy meal, perfect for entertaining! #lamb #lambchops #grilledlamb #grilledlambchops

Grill each lamb chop on medium heat, on a well-greased grill, making sure to grill the edges too!

Harissa Grilled Lamb Chops with Harissa Yogurt and summer veggies- a simple easy meal, perfect for entertaining! #lamb #lambchops #grilledlamb #grilledlambchops

Add veggies to the grill and make the harissa yogurt.

Simply, mix a couple of tablespoons of Harissa Paste to plain yogurt.

Harissa Grilled Lamb Chops with Harissa Yogurt and summer veggies- a simple easy meal, perfect for entertaining! #lamb #lambchops #grilledlamb #grilledlambchops

I usually make my own Harissa Paste, but had this in the cupboard, so I gave it a try.

Harissa Grilled Lamb Chops with Harissa Yogurt and summer veggies- a simple easy meal, perfect for entertaining! #lamb #lambchops #grilledlamb #grilledlambchops

I added an additional teaspoon of smoked paprika and it was perfect! Remember, you can absolutely make your own harissa paste!

Harissa Grilled Lamb Chops with Harissa Yogurt and summer veggies- a simple easy meal, perfect for entertaining! #lamb #lambchops #grilledlamb #grilledlambchops

When the grilled lamb chops and veggies are done grilling, layer them on a platter and scatter with fresh parsley and mint leaves, with the Harissa yogurt on the side.

Serve the grilled lamb chops with rice, grain, or couscous like you see here.

Harissa Grilled Lamb Chops with Harissa Yogurt and summer veggies- a simple easy meal, perfect for entertaining! #lamb #lambchops #grilledlamb #grilledlambchops

A simple flavorful summer meal!

Harissa Grilled Lamb Chops with Harissa Yogurt and summer veggies- a simple easy meal, perfect for entertaining! #lamb #lambchops #grilledlamb #grilledlambchops

A simple and easy recipe for Grilled Lamb Chops with Harissa yogurt and summer veggies. Perfect for summer gatherings and potlucks, the North African- infused flavors will make your tastebuds happy!

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Grilled Lamb Chops with Harissa Yogurt and summer veggies- a simple easy meal, perfect for entertaining! #lamb #lambchops #grilledlamb #grilledlambchops

Grilled Harissa Lamb Chops

  • Author: Sylvia Fountaine
  • Prep Time: 20
  • Cook Time: 25
  • Total Time: 45 minutes
  • Yield: 4-6 1x
  • Category: lamb, grilled, main
  • Method: grilled
  • Cuisine: North African, Moroccan

Description

Harissa Grilled Lamb Chops with Harissa Yogurt and summer veggies- a simple easy meal, perfect for summer entertaining!


Ingredients

Scale
  • 23 lbs lamb chops, lamb loin chops or sirloin steaks.  ( see notes)
  • Grillable veggies – your choice of Zucchini, summer squash, bell pepper, onion, eggplant, mushrooms, etc.
  • spray olive oil ( or use regular)
  • 1520 fresh Mint leaves

Harissa Spice Rub:

Harissa Yogurt:

Serve with Grilled Veggies and your choice of grain, quinoa, basmati rice or couscous.

Garnish: a few torn fresh mint leaves and/or Italian parsley leaves


Instructions

Preheat Grill to med-high.

Cut lamb chops into single chops or portions. ( Use a sharp chef’s knife and slice in between the bones.)  Pat dry.

Mix spices and salt together in a shallow bowl ( big enough to fit chop)

Dip both sides of each chop, as well as fatty edge, into the Harissa rub, tap the excess off and place on a sheet pan.

If grilling veggies, lightly toss with olive oil, salt and pepper, and grill these first. Cover, set aside until serving.

Grill the lamb chops. Spray the grill with olive oil spray. Place the chops down and grill 3 minutes (covered) or until good grill marks appear.  (Don’t fiddle with them too much). Spray the top of lamb chops with spray olive oil, and turn them over. Turn the heat down to medium and grill another 3 minutes. Then, place the fatty edge of the lamb chop on the grill, so they are sitting upright, on their side, leaning them up against each other. ( See picture). Cover, and cook another 2 minutes or so, to melt off that fatty layer.  (These are delicious served medium, but feel free to cook through on lower heat if that is your preference. ) Remove from grill, cover with foil until ready to serve.

Mix the yogurt with the harissa paste, starting conservatively, adding more to taste. Each Harissa paste has different levels of heat. I like to a whisk in a teaspoon of smoked paprika to bump up the smoky flavor- up to you.

To serve, cut the grilled veggies into bite-size pieces, and place them on a platter. Top with the grilled lamb chops. Garnish with fresh mint leaves.

Serve the Harissa yogurt on the side or spoon a little on each chop.

Serve with a cooked grain like quinoa, basmati rice or even couscous. I used Israeli couscous in the photos.


Notes

If serving with a cooked grain, make sure to season it. ( Olive oil, salt, pepper, lemon zest, and fresh parsley is nice.) You could serve it on the same platter, underneath the veggies and lamb, or serve it on the side.

Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 3 chops
  • Calories: 486
  • Sugar: 5 g
  • Sodium: 797.6 mg
  • Fat: 18.8 g
  • Saturated Fat: 8.3 g
  • Carbohydrates: 10.7 g
  • Fiber: 2.8 g
  • Protein: 70.2 g
  • Cholesterol: 178.6 mg

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Chef and author of the whole-foods recipe blog, Feasting at Home, Sylvia Fountaine is a former restaurant owner and caterer turned full-time food blogger. She currently lives in the Pacific Northwest and shares seasonal, healthy recipes along with tips and tricks from her home kitchen.

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  1. Made these in the summer for a small dinner party and they were a huge hit! Amazing flavor! My 2.5 year old loved them as well.

  2. My first time cooking lamb and oh my taste buds!! So delish! My picky teenagers even liked it! I followed recipe exactly; wouldn’t change a thing! I complimented the dish with grilled pita bread/hummus and quinoa. So amazing, thank you!

  3. Delicious! Don’t skip the harissa yogurt – adds a little extra punch! I made Sylvia’s homemade harissa paste and will never buy it in the stores again – so simple!! I believe the rub would taste good on grilled beef as well. Made it for a family party for my father in law’s birthday – he loves lamb and he devoured the lamb chops! Whole family loved it.

  4. Delicious! Don’t skip the harissa yogurt – adds a little extra punch! I made Sylvia’s homemade harissa paste and will never buy it in the stores again – so simple!! I believe the rub would taste good on grilled beef as well.

  5. This is a house favorite. Such different flavors from the same ol’ same ol’…. Another big hit from FAH – Thank you!

  6. Made these for a dinner party last weekend and everyone loved them. So flavorful and really quite easy.