Grilled lamb with Za’atar & Onion

Grilled Lamb with Za’atar is a wonderful pairing, make no mistake. Lamb is my favourite meat and I'm always searching for combinations that surprise and delight. This is such a simple way to serve the meat, alongside this celebrated Middle Eastern spice mix.

Za'atar a delicious fragrant spice mix

Za’atar can be found across the Arab world and is a herbaceous spice mix used to flavour and finish all manner of national dishes. Usually comprising of a combination of sesame seeds, chilli flakes, thyme, oregano, marjoram and sumac. It’s a beautiful warming, fragrant addition to an already tasty favourite.

Often used to coat breads and pastries or to finish mezze dishes, like my Harissa Humus with Za'atar it's also versatile enough to be simply scattered over a perfectly grilled lamb chop.

It was a real winner, I don't think Brendan and spoke a single word to each other the entire meal other than "yum".

How to make my Grilled Lamb with Za'atar & Onion

Grilled Lamb with Za'atar
Grilled lamb with Za’atar & Onion
Prep Time: 1 hour 5 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 15 minutes
Course:Main Course
Cuisine:Middle Eastern
Keyword:Lamb, Za'atar
Servings: 4
Calories: 686kcal


  • 2.2 lb lamb chops
  • 1 lemon (juice of)
  • 1 garlic clove (crushed into a paste)
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • Salt & pepper
  • 2 tbsp Za'atar
  • Fresh mint leaves
  • 1 lemon (for garnish)
  • 1/2 cup red onions (thinly sliced)


  • In a bowl, combine the chops with the marinade ingredients. Cover and leave in the fridge for 1 hour (overnight is even better)
  • Heat a BBQ and grill the chops for around 5 minutes each side (depending on thickness) until the lamb is cooked, but still pink inside. Remove form the heat and rest.
  • Combine the sliced onions with a little juice from the second lemon and toss to coat.
  • Arrange the lamb on a serving platter and sprinkle liberally with the za'atar before scattering over the onions. Squeeze over more lemon juice and lastly season with a bit more salt & pepper.


Nutrition Facts
Grilled lamb with Za’atar & Onion
Amount Per Serving
Calories 686 Calories from Fat 405
% Daily Value*
Fat 45g69%
Saturated Fat 11g69%
Cholesterol 189mg63%
Sodium 150mg7%
Potassium 906mg26%
Carbohydrates 8g3%
Fiber 3g13%
Sugar 2g2%
Protein 62g124%
Vitamin A 76IU2%
Vitamin C 31mg38%
Calcium 85mg9%
Iron 8mg44%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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You can use these ingredients to create the same dish with a portioned chicken.

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