Saffron Marinated Persian Style Lamb Chops

  • Saffron Marinated Persian Style Lamb Chops
By Jim Feldman
Saffron Marinated Persian Style Lamb Chops
Serves: 2-4 Cuisine: Persian Style

Back in the early 70’s during college I traveled extensively, and found myself living in Iran for a while. The delicious food, seasoned in ways that were unfamiliar and intriguing to me, made an indelible impression. I was fascinated by the spice bazaars, and particularly by the person-sized sacks of saffron that sent their aroma wafting through the alleys as an advance invitation to buy. Lamb marinated in saffron quickly became one of my favorite dishes. Here is a simple method to make it. I use The Ingredient Finder’s wonderfully flavorful new harvest Pure Moroccan Saffron, which won’t break the bank. And no reason to spend a lot of money on the lamb. Shoulder or Round Bone Chops will work very well. We used four large round bone chops for four people. Or you can make four smaller ones for two.

Make the marinade and marinate the lamb for a day in advance of the meal.


  • 1 ½ to 2 cups best quality thick Yogurt (goat milk if you can find it)
  • ½ Teaspoon Pure Moroccan Saffron, crumbled and dissolved in a tablespoon of hot water
  • Juice of 1-2 fresh Lemons, about ½ cup
  • 2 medium Onions, sliced
  • 2 large cloves Garlic, chopped
  • 2 Teaspoons Salt
  • Freshly ground Black Pepper, to taste (you can be generous here)


  • Mix the yogurt, lemon juice, onion, garlic, salt, pepper and saffron steeped in water in a bowl.
  • Lay the lamb in a baking dish, pour the marinade over the lamb, and turn to coat the meat. Cover and refrigerate until you’re ready to cook.
  • Get your grill very hot, lift the chops from the marinade, discard the marinade, and grill the lamb to taste over hot coals.
  • Serve with skewers of grilled vegetables (peppers, onions, small tomatoes, whatever will hold on a skewer), some strongly flavored greens like arugula, and steamed rice (you can make that with Saffron too). Enjoy!


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Christina Birdsong

Thank you for this marvelous recipe. I made it this evening for dinner and just the preparation had me salivating!

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