It’s not like we’re gonna stop you from making five- or six-spice chops, but this seven-spice blend is typical of Lebanese cooking and full of dimension. Try it on chicken or pork chops too.

4 servings


    • 1 cup plain whole-milk yogurt (not Greek)
    • 1 tsp. freshly ground black pepper
    • 1 tsp. ground coriander
    • 1 tsp. ground cumin
    • 1 tsp. paprika
    • 1/2 tsp. ground cardamom
    • 1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon
    • 1/2 tsp. ground nutmeg
    • 12 untrimmed lamb rib chops (about 3 lb.), patted dry
    • Kosher salt
    • 1 small red onion, very thinly sliced
    • 1 cup coarsely chopped parsley
    • 1 Tbsp. fresh lemon juice
    • 2 tsp. sumac


    1. Mix yogurt, black pepper, coriander, cumin, paprika, cardamom, cinnamon, and nutmeg in a large bowl.
    2. Season both sides of lamb chops generously with salt and add to bowl with marinade. Turn lamb in marinade to coat; cover and chill at least 3 hours and up to 12 hours.
    3. Let lamb sit at room temperature 1 hour before grilling.
    4. Prepare a grill for medium-high heat. Grill lamb to desired doneness, about 3 minutes per side for medium-rare. Let rest 5–10 minutes.
    5. Meanwhile, toss onion, parsley, lemon juice, and sumac with a pinch of salt in a medium bowl.
    6. Serve lamb chops with parsley salad on top.

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