Lamb Chops Fried in Parmesan Batter


  • 12 single-rib lamb chops, partly boned and flattened as described below*
  • ½ cup freshly grated Parmesan, spread on a plate
  • 2 eggs, beaten lightly in a deep dish
  • 1 cup fine dry unflavored bread crumbs, spread on a plate
  • Vegetable oil
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • Nutritional Information
    • Nutritional analysis per serving (6 servings)

      1340 calories; 124 grams fat; 39 grams saturated fat; 0 grams trans fat; 63 grams monounsaturated fat; 13 grams polyunsaturated fat; 13 grams carbohydrates; 0 grams dietary fiber; 1 gram sugars; 40 grams protein; 241 milligrams cholesterol; 412 milligrams sodium

    • Note: Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available data.

6 servings


  1. Turn the chops on both sides in the grated Parmesan, pressing the chop firmly against the crumbs, using the palm of your hands to make the cheese adhere to the meat. Tap the chops gently against the plate to shake off excess cheese. Dip them into the beaten egg, letting the excess flow back into the dish. Turn the chops in the bread crumbs, coating both sides, and tap them again to shake off excess.
  2. Pour enough oil in a skillet to come 1/4 inch up the sides, and turn on the heat to medium. When the oil is very hot, slip as many chops into the pan as will fit without crowding. When one side forms a nice golden crust, sprinkle it with salt and pepper, turn the chop and sprinkle salt and pepper on the other side. As soon as the second side has formed a crust, transfer to a warm platter, using a slotted spoon or spatula. Repeat the procedure, slipping more chops into the pan as soon as there is room for them. When all the chops are done, serve promptly.
  • * If possible, have a butcher knock off the corner bone and remove the backbone, leaving just the rib. Flatten the eye of the lamb chop with a meat pounder. (If you don’t have a butcher to remove the bones, you’ll still be able to flatten the meat a bit with a pounder. It will remain a little thicker, so the chops will take an extra minute or two to cook.)

About 20 minutes

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