Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Nigella Express: Lamb Cutlets with Chili and Black Olives

Warming up in cooking and baking with 
Zoe, Joyce and Anuja
I did not have dried chilies, so I used chilli salt by Jamie Oliver 
Big Yumms!
  • 12 lamb rib chops
  • tablespoons olive oil (plus 2 tablespoons for frying)
  • cloves garlic (peeled and sliced)
  • teaspoon dried chillies
  • teaspoon dried oregano
  • zest and juice of lemon
  • teaspoon maldon salt (or ½ teaspoon table salt)
  • 15 pitted black olives (sliced)
  • long red chilli (deseeded and finely sliced (optional))
  • Layer the rib chops between clingfilm and flatten gently with a rolling pin or mallet. Unwrap and place the chops in a large dish, so that they all fit in a single layer.
  • Pour the 4 tablespoons of oil over the chops and add the sliced garlic, chilli flakes, oregano, lemon zest and juice. Sprinkle with the salt and the olives, then turn the rib chops in the marinade so that both sides are coated.
  • Cover and leave the lamb to marinate for 20 minutes at room temperature.
  • Heat the 2 tablespoons of oil in a large heavy-based frying pan, and add the chops, scraping off the marinade before you put them in the pan. (Reserve the marinade.) Fry them for a couple of minutes a side on quite a high heat so that they take on some colour.
  • Turn the heat down to medium and pour the reserved marinade into the pan over the now coloured chops. Add 2 tablespoons or so of water and cook for about 5 minutes for rare cutlets or a little longer if you like your lamb well done (this will also depend on the thickness of the chops).
  • Transfer the chops to a serving plate, pour over the juices from the pan and sprinkle with the chopped red chilli, should you feel like enhancing the dried chilli with the pep of fresh.  (I chopped up a red bell pepper and some curly parsley and add to the pan at the last minute.  BTW HCP worked for this!)


  1. Hi Emily,
    Lamb chop! I have eaten lamb chop in ages. This looks delicious! I'm coming over! And I like mine well done! Yummilicious!
    Thanks for linking!

  2. Hi Emily,

    I can tell you are a big big BIG fan of Jamie Oliver... You even bought his chili salt :p

    Your lamb cutlets looks great!


  3. Looks delicious! I have not cook lamb before can you believe it?

  4. Hi Emily, I've never tried lamb before as I'm always worried about the smell... I wish I can have a try at yours!

  5. hi Emily,

    I dun eat lamb, but looking yours and reading the ingredients, I think it will be good in beef or pork too
    yumz! :)

  6. Yummy!! Emily, these lamb cutlets look so appetising! ;) Good job!

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