In this classic Greek pairing, dill is used two ways: first in a garlicky marinade for the lamb, and then in a cooling, brightly flavored yogurt sauce. Serve this dish with a simple green salad.

How to Make Grilled Lamb Chops with Tzatziki Sauce

Yield: serves 2
Time: 1 hours 20 minutes


For the Tzatziki Sauce

  • 34 cup plain, whole-milk Greek yogurt
  • 1 tbsp. fresh lemon juice
  • 1 tsp. dried dill or 1 Tbsp. finely chopped fresh dill
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 12 small cucumber, peeled, seeded, and minced (1/2 cup)
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper

For the Lamb

  • 3 Tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil, plus more for oiling the grill
  • 1 tsp. dried dill or 1 tbsp. finely chopped fresh dill
  • 6 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • 12 tsp. crushed red chile flakes
  • 2 tsp. fresh lemon juice
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 4 (1-inch-thick) lamb loin chops (about 1 lb.)
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper


  1. Make the sauce: In a medium bowl, combine the yogurt, lemon juice, dill, garlic, and cucumber; season with salt and pepper. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 1 hour and up to 2 days.
  2. Meanwhile, marinate the lamb: In a large baking dish, add the oil, dill, garlic, chile flakes, and lemon juice. Season the lamb chops generously with salt and pepper, then add to the marinade and turn to coat. Cover with plastic wrap and set aside to marinate at room temperature for 1 hour.
  3. Heat a charcoal or gas grill to medium-high. (Alternatively, heat an oiled grill pan over medium-high.) Grill the lamb, turning occasionally, until it has reached the desired temperature, 4–6 minutes for medium rare. (If using a grill pan, cook, turning occasionally, until the lamb is browned on all sides, 6–7 minutes.) Transfer to a platter and let rest 5 minutes. Serve with tzatziki sauce.