Lamb Chops With Beans, Corn and Zucchini

Lamb Chops With Beans, Corn and Zucchini

Lamb chops are always a treat, especially when marinated with lots of chopped rosemary, sage and garlic, then pan-fried slowly in extra-virgin olive oil. A delightful accompaniment is a seasonal vegetable stew of fresh green beans, corn and summer squash. For the best marriage of flavors, cook the vegetables until rather soft. The chops get no sauce; the vegetables are finished with a little gremolata, in this case a mixture of parsley, scallions and lemon zest.
  • Total:
  • Serves: 4 persons



  1. Step 1

    Generously season lamb chops with salt and pepper, garlic, rosemary and sage. Let marinate for at least 1 hour.
  2. Step 2

    In a large skillet over medium heat, gently pan-fry the chops in 1/4-inch olive oil, about 5 minutes per side, until lightly browned. For medium-rare, cook just until rising juices are visible on the surface of chops; for medium, cook for 2 minutes more. Remove chops and let rest on a warm platter.
  3. Step 3

    Meanwhile, add 2 tablespoons olive oil to a Dutch oven over medium heat. Add onions and cook, stirring, until translucent, 5 to 8 minutes. Add zucchini and squash, and cook, covered, stirring occasionally until soft, 8 to 10 minutes. Season lightly with salt. (This may be done up to several hours in advance.)
  4. Step 4

    To finish, raise heat to high. Add corn and beans and stir. Season with salt and pepper. Add about 1/2 cup water, cover, and cook for 5 minutes, until the mixture is soft and juicy. Taste and adjust seasoning. Sprinkle with the scallions, parsley and lemon zest.