How To Reheat Lamb Chops? - The Best Way
If you’ve ever enjoyed lamb chops as a main course, you know how delicate and delicious the meat can be.
When properly prepared, lamb chops are juicy and tender and bursting with intense flavor. They almost melt in your mouth when you eat them.
This meat specialty is not difficult to prepare if you are willing to follow the instructions, but it can be challenging to reheat.
Like other types of meat, lamb chops have a tendency to dry out when reheated, which of course isn’t as delicious as fresh, juicy lamb chops.
How do you reheat lamb chops?
The best method of reheating lamb chops is in the oven and covering them with aluminum foil, but you can also reheat them on the grill, on the stove, or even in the microwave if you do it right.
Of course, in some homes leftover lamb chops are absolutely unheard of.
Still, if you do have leftovers, there are a few tips to follow to ensure they turn out as good as freshly cooked after reheating them, which we’ll cover below.
In this guide, we’ll share with you the best ways to reheat lamb chops, starting with the best way: oven.
We’ll also share some specific tips to follow, as well as some things to avoid during the reheating process.
Stay with us for the best way to reheat lamb chops and much more!
The best way to reheat lamb chops
What’s unique about lamb chops is that they can be prepared in a number of ways to begin with.
Many people make them in the oven using a slow cook method, but you can also cook them on the grill or even on the stove using a sear method.
The good thing is that regardless of how they were cooked to begin with, the best reheating method is still in the oven. However, if you prefer another method, there are plenty of other options to choose from as well.
Using the oven requires a bit of time. You must allow at least 30 minutes from preparation to serving time.
Lamb chops are meant to be cooked to no more than medium doneness. From then on, they tend to develop a meaty flavor, so keep that in mind when planning the reheating process.
Reheat lamb chops in the oven (recommended)
We have already mentioned that the oven is the best method. This is the method most likely to preserve the natural moisture in the lamb chops, so you don’t have to worry about them drying out.
This is the best method, but you have other options. There are some tips that will help you in the overall process.
It really is quite simple, but you will need to pay special attention to the internal temperature and cooking times. What you need to be especially careful about is the possibility of overcooking the lamb chops.
If you overcook them, they’ll be dry and disappointing compared to the fresh lamb chops that tasted so good yesterday (or when you made them).
Here are our recommended steps for reheating lamb chops in the oven, the best method overall:
- Start by preheating the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Arrange the lamb chops on a baking sheet, making sure the sides are raised in case any juices escape onto the sheet pan.
- Cover the tray with a generous layer of aluminum foil.
- Bake the lamb chops this way for about 10 minutes.
- Take them out, flip them over, and put the foil back on the pan.
- Cook another 10 minutes or until the internal temperature reaches about 165 degrees.
- From here, you can let it rest for a few minutes, but it is not necessary. Your lamb chops are ready to serve or enjoy.
Here’s a storage tip for lamb chops to help you through the reheating process:
Before you put them in the fridge, let them settle and come to room temperature for about 60 minutes. You should also save any leftover juices or broths with the lamb chops.
You can keep them in the fridge for a couple of days, but if you’re not going to eat them for a day or two, you should put them in a freezer bag and keep them in the freezer for a few months.
Reheat Lamb Chops in the Microwave
Next, we are going to talk about the microwave. Let’s face it, if you take leftovers to work you probably only have a microwave at your disposal.
Microwaving is fine, but there are steps to be taken to prevent the meat from drying out in the reheating process. That is always the biggest risk.
Here are our recommended steps for reheating lamb chops in the microwave:
- Add some kind of moisture, either a little water or some leftover broth. You don’t need to soak it, just add a bit of moisture to it.
- Place the lamb chop on a microwave-safe plate.
- Dampen a paper towel and cover the lamb chop or plate with it.
- Place the plate or chop close to the edges of the microwave turntable, this will reduce the chance of it drying out.
- Microwave on full power for 2 minutes. If you know that your microwave cooks hot, reduce the time. You may also need to add additional time and you should only do it in 30 second intervals.
- When the lamb chops are hot, serve and enjoy!
This method is simple and easy. If you have a paper towel, you can make it work without much effort!
Reheat lamb chops on the stove
Another quick method to reheat lamb chops is to use the stove. The challenge on the stovetop is not to overheat them because they could easily dry out if you do.
Here are some simple instructions for reheating lamb chops on the stove:
- Preheat skillet over medium heat.
- Add a little butter or oil to the pan. You won’t need much. Allow the butter to melt or the oil to heat up. This should only take a minute or two.
- Place the lamb chops in the hot skillet. You will heat one side and then the other. They should only be heated for 2 to 4 minutes per side. Be careful not to heat them too long.
- Once they’ve warmed up, they’re ready to serve and enjoy!
Are you in a hurry and can’t wait to enjoy your lamb chops? Grab some butter and your pan and you’ll have them ready to serve reheated in no time!
Reheating lamb chops on the grill
Lastly, if you like to cook on the grill, you can always reheat lamb chops on the grill.
It is a simple process. It will only take about 15 minutes, plus the time it takes to heat up and prepare your grill for the process.
Here are some easy steps to reheat lamb chops on the grill:
- Heat the grill to about 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Prepare the surface of the grill with spray, oil or even with a sauce or marinade.
- Place the lamb chops on the grill. You can also add a sauce or marinade to the lamb chops to keep them moist.
- Close the grill lid and cook for 5 minutes.
- Flip the lamb chops over, close the lid and cook for another 5 minutes.
- Now, transfer the lamb chops to the warming rack, leave the lid open and let them rest there for about 5 minutes.
You can take them off the grill and just serve and enjoy. This method is again quick and easy, especially if you like to fire up the grill.
We hope you found this guide to reheating lamb chops a valuable resource for your lamb chop needs. You have many options to choose from and they all work well!
We invite you to review our questions and answers section for additional information that may be useful to you.
What is the best internal temperature for lamb chops?
When lamb chops are initially cooked, it is recommended to cook them at a medium temperature for serving. This is 125 internal degrees.
They can also be done at half height, at 130 degrees. When reheating, it is recommended to heat them to 165 degrees for safety.
What are the best seasonings for lamb chops?
This can vary greatly depending on the type of meat. You will see that there are endless recipes with different flavors.
There are also delicious glazes and sauces that you can try. Some of the most popular spices and seasonings that can be used are cumin, rosemary, garlic, black pepper, curry powder, oregano, and baharat.
Be sure to research different options and come up with your favorite. Maybe you even dare to create your own.