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Pan fried lambchops in a cast iron pan with miso butter
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Pan Fried Lamb Shoulder Chops with Miso Butter

A quick and easy recipe for pan-fried lamb shoulder chops topped with melted miso butter cooked on a skillet
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Total Time20 mins
Course: Main
Cuisine: American, Asian
Servings: 4 Servings
Calories: 401kcal
Author: Joyce | Pups with Chopsticks


  • 4 lamb chops
  • 12 cloves garlic (3 whole cloves per lamb chop)
  • 2-3 sprigs sage
  • 2 tablespoons oil
  • 1 tablespoon butter

Miso Butter

  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • 2 tablespoons miso



  • Remove the leaves off the stem of the sage and put aside
  • Peel the garlic and whack it with the side of your knife. You want to keep these intact but smashed. Put them aside

Making the Miso Butter

  • Soften butter at room temperature or in a microwave for 10 seconds
  • Add miso into the butter and mash it together until it is well combined
  • Put the butter back in the fridge for 15 minutes solidfy, while you are cooking the lamb chops
  • You can also saran wrap and roll it into a log before putting it back into the fridge and when you are ready to use it remove it from the saran wrap and slice it into medallions.

Pan Frying the Lamb Chops

  • Heat up the oil on medium high heat on a cast iron pan (or high heat on a frying pan)
  • Add a bit of oil and butter in the pan. When the butter has melted and the pan is hot, add the lamb chops and sear for 2-3 mins on one side.
  • Add 3 cloves of garlic per lamb chop in the pan and a few sage leaves (we added about 5 sage leaves per lamb chop)
  • Flip the lamb to the other side and sear for another 2-3 mins
  • Remove from heat and plate it. Add some miso butter on top while it's still hot to melt it. (Add as much as you like, this will depend on how salty you like your chops). Enjoy!


  • Do not add salt to the lamb chops when you are cooking it. The miso butter has enough salt in it to add the savory flavor at the end.
  • To get a brown crust on the lamb chops, flip it only a once or twice. The long exposure to the heat is what allows the crust to form on the lamb.
  • Miso Butter recipe is adapted from David Chang's from Momofuku Cookbook


Serving: 1Serving | Calories: 401kcal | Carbohydrates: 5g | Protein: 23g | Fat: 27g | Sodium: 441mg | Sugar: 1g