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Overhead view of lamb chops on a plate with oranges and lemons around and a bowl of marinade

Yogurt Marinade for Lamb Chops

Bring out the best in your lamb with this richly spiced yogurt marinade! It’s perfect for lamb chops, but works great for other cuts of lamb as well.
Prep Time 15 mins
Servings 4 people
Calories 431 kcal


For the marinade:

  • generous pinch of saffron
  • 2 tablespoons hot water
  • 1 teaspoon orange zest
  • 2 tablespoons freshly grated Parmesan cheese
  • 5 garlic cloves
  • 1 cup plain Greek yogurt
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons cumin
  • 1 teaspoon turmeric
  • ½ teaspoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon Himalayan salt

To serve:

  • 2 pounds lamb chops (excess fat removed)


  • Prepare your ingredients. Crumble the saffron into a small bowl containing the hot water. Set aside for 10 minutes. Meanwhile, mince the garlic. If you haven’t already, zest the orange and grate the Parmesan cheese.
  • Mix and use the marinade. Mix together all of the ingredients and stir until thoroughly combined. Slather the lamb in the marinade, place in an airtight container, and refrigerate at least 3 hours or ideally up to 12 hours. Before cooking the lamb according to your preferred style, wipe off most of the excess marinade and sprinkle with salt.