Oven-Seared Lamb Chops



  1. Turn the kitchen fan on.
  2. Heat the oven to its maximum temperature, ideally 500 F, and set a rack in the lowest possible position.
  3. Set a large ovenproof skillet on the rack and let it heat in the oven until it is almost smoking, 5 to 15 minutes, depending on your oven.
  4. While the pan is heating, cut the garlic clove in half and rub it all over the meat.
  5. Carefully remove the heated pan from the oven, sprinkle its surface with a generous pinch of salt, add as many of the chops as will fit, and immediately return the pan to the oven.
  6. Roast the chops until seared and dark brown underneath; they are ready to turn when they release from the pan easily, 2 to 5 minutes, depending on the thickness of the chops.
  7. Cook on the other side to the desired doneness, another 2 to 5 minutes; start checking the inside after 2 minutes.
  8. Remove the chops from the pan, sprinkle with pepper, and let them rest for at least 5 minutes; pour any juices over the meat and repeat with the remaining chops.
  9. Serve with the lemon.