Harissa Spiced Grilled Lamb Chops with Mint Pesto is a perfect recipe for those who love bold flavors. The spicy and aromatic harissa seasoning adds a kick to the tender and juicy lamb chops, while the cool and tangy mint pesto balances the heat. This dish is perfect for a weekend BBQ or a special dinner party.


  • 8 lamb chops
  • 2 tablespoons of harissa seasoning
  • 1/4 cup of olive oil
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • 1/4 cup of fresh mint leaves
  • 1/4 cup of fresh parsley leaves
  • 1/4 cup of grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1/4 cup of pine nuts
  • 2 cloves of garlic
  • Juice of 1/2 lemon
  • 1/4 cup of olive oil


In a small bowl, mix the harissa seasoning with olive oil, salt, and pepper. Rub the mixture all over the lamb chops and let them marinate for at least 30 minutes.

  1. Preheat the grill to medium-high heat.
  2. Grill the lamb chops for 3-4 minutes on each side, or until they reach your desired level of doneness.
  3. While the lamb chops are cooking, make the mint pesto. In a food processor, pulse together the mint leaves, parsley leaves, Parmesan cheese, pine nuts, garlic, lemon juice, salt, and pepper until finely chopped.
  4. Gradually add the olive oil and pulse until the mixture is smooth and creamy.
  5. Serve the grilled lamb chops hot with a dollop of mint pesto on top.

Tips and variations

  • If you can't find harissa seasoning, you can make your own by blending together chili powder, smoked paprika, cumin, coriander, garlic powder, and cayenne pepper.
  • You can use lamb loin chops or rib chops for this recipe.
  • If you prefer a milder flavor, you can reduce the amount of harissa seasoning or omit it altogether.
  • The mint pesto can be made ahead of time and stored in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.
  • This dish pairs well with grilled vegetables, rice, or a salad.


Harissa Spiced Grilled Lamb Chops with Mint Pesto is a delicious and impressive dish that is perfect for entertaining or a special dinner. The spicy and bold flavors of the harissa seasoning combined with the cool and tangy mint pesto create a perfect balance of flavors that will leave your taste buds satisfied. Try this recipe and impress your guests with your culinary skills!

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