Not all lamb chops come from the ribs: Butchers use the word “chop” to refer to multiple steaklike cuts, with or without the bone (though lamb chops are typically butchered bone-in), from all over the animal. Get familiar with the four below, then check out our best lamb recipes from around the world.
These petite cuts are the lamb equivalent of T-bone steaks. The bone divides the loin and the tenderloin—two of a lamb’s most tender parts. They’re typically less fatty than rib chops but often contain a strip of flavorful marrow running along the cut side of the bone. Loin chops are excellent for grilling or pan-frying.
Classic Rib Chop
This chop is the ideal two-for-one cut: It includes the prized three-bite rib-eye, plus plenty of toothsome belly meat to nibble right from the bone. Be sure to trim away some of the extra fat before cooking.
This oft-overlooked cut—which may be taken from the shoulder blade or farther down the leg—is generally thin and wide, with a good deal of connective tissue and fat. It benefits from a marinade, after which its marbled bits mean it cooks to crispy perfection on the grill.
Tomahawk Rib Chop
Rarely seen unless specially ordered from the butcher, this extreme version of the frenched rib chop has all the belly meat trimmed away from the rib, leaving only the dainty rib-eye at one end and a clean, elegant bone. Grill or roast the rack whole for an impressive presentation, or slice and grill single or double chops, which take far less time to get to the perfect medium-rare.