Two Lamb Loin Chops
Two Lamb Loin Chops
Two Lamb Loin Chops

Table for Two Lamb Loin Chops with Madeira and Cherries


December 14, 2015

This elegant lamb loin dish pops with the flavors of cherries, lemon, and Madeira wine.

  • Prep: 15 mins
  • Cook: 20 mins
  • Yields: 2 Servings


4 American Lamb loin chops, cut 1 1/4-inch thick and trimmed

3 tbsp fresh lemon juice

2 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil

2 ½ tsp dried tarragon leaves, crushed

1 garlic clove, finely chopped

¾ tsp salt

½ tsp ground pepper

⅓ cup Madeira sweet wine (fat-free chicken broth can be substituted)

⅓ cup dried cherries, finely chopped

½ cup fat-free chicken broth

2 tbsp grated lemon peel (plus additional for garnish)

1 tbsp unsalted butter, cut in half


1In a small bowl, whisk together the lemon juice, 1 tablespoon olive oil, 1 1/2 teaspoons tarragon, garlic, salt, and pepper. Place the lamb chops in sealable plastic bag and pour in the marinade. Seal the bag and rotate it to coat the lamb. Refrigerate and marinate for 2 hours.

2Remove the chops from marinade and discard marinade. Pat the lamb dry with paper towels. In large nonstick skillet with cover, heat remaining 1 tablespoon oil over medium-high heat. Brown the chops for 2 minutes on each side. Cover and reduce the heat to low. Cook for 12 to 15 minutes, turning twice, or until desired degree of doneness. Remove the lamb from the pan, cover, and let stand for 10 minutes.

3Pour off the liquid from the pan. Add the Madeira and the cherries and cook for 3 to 4 minutes until the liquid is almost absorbed. Stir in the ½ cup broth, remaining 1 teaspoon tarragon, and the lemon peel and cook for an additional 2 minutes. Mix in the butter and stir until the sauce looks shiny.

4Pour the sauce on the plates and top with two lamb chops; garnish with a pinch of grated lemon peel.

2 hours Marinate time

Recipe and image provided by the American Lamb Board