If you’re wondering what to serve with your lamb chops, you’ve come to the right place.
In this article, I list 60 of the most popular side dishes for lamb chops.
In a rush? Here’s the short answer.
The best side dishes to serve with lamb chops are minted pea puree, smashed potatoes, tabbouleh, fattoush salad, and wild mushroom risotto. You can also serve apricot and pistachio couscous or roasted parsnips. For sauces and condiments, try lemon yogurt sauce or mango chutney.
Great flavor pairings for lamb chops
Lamb chops have strong gamey flavor, with an undertone of sweetness from the fat running through them.
Because of the meat’s strong flavor, it can handle being served with other bold herbs and spice. They pair well with:
- Acidic flavors – citrusy and tangy notes from ingredients like lemon, vinegar, and sumac are perfect for balancing out the rich, savory flavors of your lamb chops.
- Herby flavors – fresh herbs like mint, rosemary, sage, and thyme will help bring out the natural flavors of the lamb without being too overwhelming.
- Warm flavors – earthy spices like cumin, cardamom, and coriander help mellow out lamb’s intense gamey flavor. Red wine would also fall into this category.
Go down the healthy route by pairing your lamb chops with a big bowl of salad.
You can’t go wrong with leafy salads, but I really love pairing lamb chops with tabbouleh for a classic Mediterranean feast.
And if you want something even heartier, try a protein-loaded bean salad that’ll keep you full for longer.
This popular Mediterranean dish is a melting pot of different flavors.
You’ve got parsley and mint (which gives the salad its brilliant green color), sweet tomatoes, tangy onions, and a sharp lime juice dressing.
Psst… I always add in a handful of crushed walnuts for added crunch.
Why we love this recipe: it’s super nourishing.
This salad features a mix of fresh veggies, herbs, and toasted pita chips tossed in a vibrant, zippy lemon dressing.
This dressing uses the unique flavor sumac for that extra tartness, and pomegranate molasses for a sweet note.
Pro-tip: try looking for the molasses in your groceries’ international food section.
Why we love this recipe: it’s a gorgeous, Insta-worthy dish.
White bean salad
Beans are another underrated ingredient.
They’re cheap, packed with nutrients, and will fill everyone up.
They don’t need a lot of work to taste amazing either, just mix in a tasty salad dressing and then let the beans marinate for around an hour so all the flavors can soak in.
Why we love this recipe: it only needs 5 minutes of prep time.
Arugula fig salad
I love all kinds of leafy greens, but arugula has to be my favorite.
Its natural peppery flavor, combined with the sweetness of dried figs and brightness from the lemon juice is just what you need to cut through the gaminess of your lamb chops.
This recipe calls for slivered almonds to add crunch, but I like switching it up with sunflower seeds too!
Why we love this recipe: it’s impossible to mess up.
A rack of lamb wouldn’t be complete without some indulgent starchy sides to go with it.
A bed of fluffy, creamy mash sounds heavenly with freshly-seared lamb chops.
But I usually go with risotto – not only do you get a restaurant-worthy dish, but you can also squeeze in a little arm workout. Win-win!
Wild mushroom risotto
Planning on cooking a fancy meal for your significant other?
You can’t get any more elegant than frenched lamb chops over a bed of wild mushroom risotto.
And don’t worry, it will only take 30 minutes (so you’ll have more time for talking!).
Why we love this recipe: it’s packed with addictive umami flavors.
Crash hot potatoes
If you’ve never heard of crash potatoes – this may just change your life.
They’re made from boiled potatoes that are crushed and then roasted.
Fluffy, buttery goodness encased in extra crispy potato skin.
This recipe keeps things simple with rosemary seasoning, but you experiment here.
Why we love this recipe: it’s fun and unique.
Za’atar parsnip fries
Roasting your parsnips are a great way to serve these often overlooked root vegetables.
It brings out their natural sweetness, which is then balanced out by the exotic za’atar spice blend.
Take things to the next level with the gremolata (which would be delicious drizzled over your lamb chops too).
Why we love this recipe: it’s healthier than your usual potato fries.
Apricot and pistachio couscous
Go down the Moroccan route with some couscous.
It’s filling but won’t weigh you down in the same way heavier carbs do.
And the combo of apricots and pistachios is hard to beat – it works all year round too!
In the winter you can use dried apricots, and then swap to fresh ones in the summer.
Why we love this recipe: couscous only takes 5 minutes to cook.
Pesto pasta and lamb chops are a tasty match.
The zesty, herby notes of pesto perfectly contrast your lamb chop’s savory flavors.
And the trick to avoiding dry pesto pasta? Add warm pasta water – it’ll emulsify the sauce, so the pesto will coat every inch of the pasta.
Why we love this recipe: it looks and tastes like it came from a professional kitchen.
If you prefer a warm, nourishing accompaniment, veggie side dishes are the way to go.
Roasted carrots are a staple with lamb chops, but why not take inspo from British cuisine and make minted pea puree for a light and refreshing option?
Zucchini and squash casserole
This casserole toes the line between healthy and indulgent.
Slices of zucchini and yellow squash are arranged in a baking tray, smothered with a cheesy cream mixture, topped with more cheese, and then baked.
It’s a warm and cozy side for lamb chops.
Why we love this recipe: it has 4.84 stars from 201 votes.
Grilled asparagus in tahini
Grilling your lamb chops?
Make room for some asparagus – they char well on the grill, giving you a crisp-tender, smoky bite.
And if you want to take them up a notch, follow Closet Cooking’s lead and whip up a lemon maple tahini sauce.
Why we love this recipe: it’s easy and fresh.
This classic Sicilian dish may remind you of ratatouille – it’s loaded with fresh vegetables and cooked the same way.
But unlike ratatouille, caponata has a briny, salty taste, thanks to the olives, vinegar, and capers.
This rich, saucy condiment is often used as a dip or topping for meaty dishes like lamb chops.
Why we love this recipe: it’s all cooked in one pot.
Minted pea puree
Add some color to your plate with a pea puree.
It will remind you of spring and make your meal as pretty as a picture. The peas bring a subtle sweet flavor, and the mint has a nice cooling effect.
Psst… I like to leave mine a little chunky.
Why we love this recipe: it transforms a budget-friendly ingredient into a restaurant-worthy side.
Mashed turnips and carrots
Not feeling the pea puree? Whip up this turnip and carrot version instead.
This combination of root veggies is great for winter when you want something with a warmer flavor.
And the carrots keep it sweet, so it pairs well with your lamb chops’ robust, meaty flavors.
Pro-tip: add a pinch of brown sugar to enhance the sweetness.
Why we love this recipe: it’s a rustic dish perfect for a Thanksgiving dinner.
Whole roasted cauliflower
Get real fancy and serve your chops with a whole cauliflower.
The vegetable centerpiece will hold its own against a rack of lamb on the table, and you can easily slice it up for the guests.
It’s ideal if you’re feeding a crowd or you’re cooking for a special occasion.
Pro tip: you can also try cauliflower steaks.
Why we love this recipe: it looks as good as it tastes.
Lemon butter green beans
These lemon butter green beans are a regular in my weekly meal rotation.
They’re super simple and easy to make. But far from boring with the nutty parmesan and citrusy lemon sauce.
If you want a kick of spice, sprinkle the greens with a pinch of red pepper flakes. YUM.
Sauces and condiments
Lamb chops are flavorful enough to be served with simple seasoning, but serving them with a sauce or condiment will take them to another level.
Creamy, cooling tzatziki is always a great option, or you can go with harissa yogurt sauce for an added fiery punch.
Mint jelly is never far from a lamb chop either.
Lamb chops and mango chutney might seem like a weird combination, but not when you use Indian spices to flavor your chops.
Then they become a match made in heaven!
Serve the chops and chutney with a kachumber or indian onion salad for a tasty fusion meal.
Why we love this recipe: it includes instructions for water bath canning to make this chutney shelf-stable (if that’s your thing).
Lemon yogurt sauce
Yogurt-based sauces are one of the most popular to pair with lamb – the creamy flavors will help mellow out heavily spiced meat.
And I especially love this lemon-flavored one. The acidic notes from the lemon will cut right through any fattiness and keep the meal refreshing.
Why we love this recipe: it only adds 20 calories per serving to your meal.
There’s almost no cooking involved with these refrigerator pickles, except when heating the brine.
And you only have to let them sit in your fridge (hence the name) for a day before you can dig in.
This recipe suggests using Persian cucumbers because of their thin skins, but I usually stick with English cucumbers for ease.
Why we love this recipe: they can last for two months if you store them properly.
Mint jelly and lamb chops go together like fish and chips.
And there’s some interesting science behind why they match so well.
Mint is rich in branched-chain ketones, which have a very similar aroma to fatty acids.
In simple terms – they’re a perfect match.
Psst… unlike other jelly recipes that require pectin, this version is all natural.
Why we love this recipe: it’s highly detailed and has visuals to guide you in making this condiment.
60 BEST Dishes To Serve With Lamb Chops
- 1 portion Tabbouleh
- 1 portion Crash hot potatoes
- 1 portion Lemon yogurt sauce
- 1 portion Eggplant caponata
- 1 portion Wile mushroom risotto
- 1 portion Apricot and pistachio couscous
- Prepare your lamb chops according to your favorite recipe.
- In the meantime, choose one of the following sides to serve alongside it.
- Side dishes include: crash hot potatoes, classic tabbouleh, wild mushroom risotto, whole roasted cauliflower, minted pea puree, za’atar parsnip fries., lemon yogurt sauce, apricot and pistachio couscous, zucchini and squash casserole, fattoush salad, grilled asparagus in tahini, eggplant caponata, mango chutney, mashed turnips and carrots, and white bean salad.
- Serve immediately and enjoy!