Lemon Honey Thyme Marinade

Marinades are seasoned liquids which add flavor and tenderize meats such as lamb chops or kabobs. Most marinades include an acidic ingredient such as lemon juice, vinegar or wine along with herbs and spices.

After preparing the marinade below, prepare four of your favorite lamb chops by piercing with a fork several times on all sides and then coating with marinade. Let the chops marinade for at least four hours or overnight in a plastic bag (with air squeezed out) in the refrigerator. Remove the chops (discard the remaining marinade). Broil or grill lamb chops over medium heat to desired doneness (about 3‐4 minutes per side). Or sear chops on high heat for 1 minute per side; transfer to baking sheet and finish chops in 300 degree oven until desired doneness.


  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 1/2 cup fresh lemon juice
  • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 3 tablespoons fresh thyme leaves
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes

Combine all ingredients in a small sauce pan. Over medium heat, bring to slight simmer then remove from heat immediately. set aside to cool. Reserve about ¼ of warmed marinade. Marinade and cook lamb chops as directed above. Brush reserved marinade on lamb before serving.

Makes 4 chops