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Mint Julep Sauce for Lamb Chops

Fresh mint leaves, bourbon, sugar and red wine vinegar are gently simmered together for a light and fresh mint julep sauce for lamb chops.
Course Entree
Cuisine American
Total Time 3 minutes
Servings 6
Calories 165kcal
Author Lisa B.


For the mint julep sauce:

  • ¾ cup chopped mint
  • 1 ½ tablespoons bourbon
  • 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar

For the lamb chops:

  • 6 4 ounce lamb chops
  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
  • 1 tablespoon cooking oil
  • Additional chopped fresh mint for garnish


For the mint julep sauce:

  • Place all the mint julep sauce ingredients in the bowl of a blender or food processor. Process until the mint is finely chopped and everything is evenly mixed.
  • Pour the mixture into a small saucepan. Bring to a boil over medium heat. Reduce the heat and simmer until the sugar is dissolved and the alcohol in the bourbon is evaporated, no more than a minute. 
  • Remove the pan from the heat and set aside. Sauce will thicken as it cools.

For the lamb chops:

  • Season both side of the chops with salt and pepper.
  • Heat 1-2 tablespoons of cooking oil in a large skillet over medium-high.
  • Once the oil is hot, place the chops in the skillet. You may have to do this in batches, don’t overcrowd the pan.
  • Sear the chops for one minute and thirty seconds on each side. Thicker chops may require a longer cook time, up to three minutes per side. Lamb chops should be cooked until they reach an internal temperature of 145 degrees F for medium rare, 160 degrees F for medium and 170 degrees F for well done.
  • To serve, place a few chops on a plate. Drizzle the mint sauce over the top. Sprinkle with additional chopped fresh mint on the side.


Serving: 1chop | Calories: 165kcal | Protein: 15g | Fat: 11g | Saturated Fat: 5.8g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.7g | Monounsaturated Fat: 4.6g | Trans Fat: 0.8g | Cholesterol: 49mg | Sodium: 43mg | Potassium: 158mg | Vitamin C: 0.4mg | Calcium: 5mg | Iron: 1.2mg