If you’ve ever enjoyed lamb chops as your main dish, you know just how delicate and delicious the meat can be.
When prepared properly, lamb chops are juicy and tender and full of robust flavor. They almost melt in your mouth when you eat them.
This specialty meat is not challenging to prepare if you are willing to follow instructions but it can be challenging to reheat.
Much like other types of meat, lamb chops have a tendency to dry out when they are reheated, which of course is just not nearly as delicious as fresh and juicy lamb chops.
How do you reheat lamb chops? The very best method to reheat your lamb chops is in the oven and covering it with aluminum foil, but you can also reheat them on the grill, on the stovetop, or even in the microwave if you do it properly.
Of course, in some households, leftover lamb chops are absolutely unheard of!
Still, if you have any remnants, there are some tips to follow to ensure they turn out as great as freshly-cooked after reheating, which we’ll lay out below.
In this guide, we will share with you all of the best ways to reheat lamb chops, starting with the best way – the oven.
We will also share some specific tips to stick to as well as some things you may want to avoid when you’re in the reheating process.
Stick with us to learn how to reheat lamb chops the best way and more!
The Best Way to Reheat Lamb Chops
The unique thing about lamb chops is they can be made in a variety of ways, to begin with.
Many people prepare them in the oven using a slow cooking method but you could also cook them on the grill or even on the stovetop using a searing method.
The nice thing is that no matter how they were cooked to begin with, the best reheating method to use is still the oven. However, if you prefer another method there are plenty of other options to choose from as well.
Using the oven does take a little bit of time. You should plan on at least 30 minutes from prep to serve time.
Lamb chops are intended to only be cooked to a medium doneness at most. After that point, they tend to develop a gamy flavor so keep this is in mind as you plan your reheating process as well.
Reheating Lamb Chops in the Oven (Recommended)
We mentioned earlier that the oven is the best method. This is the method that is most likely to retain the natural moisture of the lamb chops so you don’t have to worry about them getting dry.
This is the best method but you do have other options. There are some tips to help with the process overall.
It really is pretty simple but you will want to be particularly mindful of the internal temperature and your cooking times. The one thing you want to be especially careful of is the possibility of overcooking the lamb chops.
If you overcook them, they WILL be dry and disappointing in comparison to your freshly made lamb chops that tasted so great yesterday (or whenever you prepared them).
Here are our recommended steps for reheating lamb chops in the oven – the best method overall:
- Start by preheating your oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Place the lamb chops in a baking pan, be sure it has raised sides in case there are some juices that find their way out to the pan.
- Cover the pan with a generous layer of aluminum foil.
- Bake the lamb chops in this manner for about 10 minutes.
- Pull them out, flip them over, and put the aluminum foil back on the pan.
- Cook another 10 minutes or until the internal temperatures reach about 165 degrees.
- From here, you can let rest a few minutes but it is not required. Your lamb chops are ready to serve or enjoy!
Here is a tip for storing your lamb chops to help with the reheating process:
Before you put them into the fridge, let them sit out and come to room temperature for about 60 minutes or so. You should also store any leftover juices or broth with the lamb chops.
You can store them in the refrigerator for a couple of days but if you aren’t going to eat them within a day or two, you should go ahead and put them in a freezer bag and store them in the freezer for a few months.
Reheating Lamb Chops in the Microwave
Next stop, let’s talk about the microwave. Let’s face it, if you’re taking leftovers to work you probably will only have a microwave at your disposal.
Using the microwave is just fine but there are some steps you will need to take in order to avoid the meat drying out in the reheating process. That is always the biggest risk.
Here are our recommended steps for reheating lamb chops using the microwave:
- Add moisture of some sort whether it’s a little bit of water or some leftover broth. You don’t need to drench it, just sprinkle a tad bit of moisture on it.
- Place the lamb chop on a microwave-safe dish.
- Dampen a paper towel and cover the lamb chop or dish with it.
- Place your plate or dish near the edges of the turntable in the microwave, this will reduce the likelihood of it drying out.
- Microwave on high for 2 minutes. If you know your microwave cooks hot, reduce your time. You may also need to add additional time and should only do so in 30-second intervals.
- When your lamb chops are heated, serve and enjoy!
This method is simple and easy. If you have a paper towel, you can totally make it work without much effort!
Reheating Lamb Chops on the Stove
Another quick method of reheating lamb chops is to use the stovetop. The challenge on the stove is to not overheat them because they could easily dry out if you do.
Here are some simple instructions for reheating lamb chops using the stovetop:
- Pre-heat your skillet over medium heat.
- Add some butter or oil to your skillet. You won’t need a lot. Let the butter melt or the oil heat up. This should only take a minute or two.
- Place lamb chops into the hot skillet. You will heat one side and then the other. They should only need heated 2-4 minutes on each side. Be careful not to heat them too long.
- Once they have come to temperature, you are ready to serve and enjoy!!
In a rush and can’t wait to enjoy your lamb chops again? Grab a pat of butter and your skillet and you will have them ready to serve from reheated mode in no time!
Reheating Lamb Chops On the Grill
Finally, if you love to grill, you can always reheat your lamb chops on the grill.
This is a simple process. It will only take about 15 minutes plus whatever time it takes to heat up and prepare your grill for the process.
Here are some easy to follow steps for reheating lamb chops on the grill:
- Heat your grill to about 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Prepare your grill surface with spray, oil, or even a sauce or marinade.
- Place the lamb chops on the grill. You can add a sauce or a marinade to the lamb chops as well to keep them moist.
- Close the grill cover and cook for 5 minutes.
- Flip the lamb chops over, close the lid, and cook another 5 minutes.
- Now, move the lamb chops to your warming rack, leave the cover open, and let them rest there for about 5 minutes.
You can pull them off the grill and simply serve and enjoy! This method is quick and easy again, particularly if you like to fire up the grill!
We hope you have found this guide to reheating lamb chops to be a valuable resource for your lamb chop needs. You get plenty of options to choose from and they all work well!
We invite you to review our question and answer section for some additional information you might find helpful.
What is the Best Internal Temperature for Lamb Chops?
When you initially cook lamb chops, it is recommended to cook them to about medium-rare for serving. This is 125 degrees internally.
You could also go to medium at 130 degrees. When reheating, it is recommended to heat to 165 degrees for safety.
What Are the Best Seasonings for Lamb Chops?
This can vary greatly across the board. You will find that there is a myriad of recipes out there with varying flavors.
There are also some delicious glazes and sauces you can try as well. Some of the most popular spices and seasonings to use include cumin, rosemary, garlic, black pepper, curry powder, oregano, and Baharat.
Be sure to research different options and come up with your favorite! Maybe you can even get brave and create your own.