Lamb Chop Marinade Inspired by Traditional Afghan Flavors

written by Mirriam Seddiq
12 · 15 · 22

This is a super quick lamb chop marinade.

Lamb Chop Marinade
Picture of lamb chops in a skillet

Why Use Lemon Juice and Cumin in a Marinade?

Why use lemon in a marinade? Lemon juice helps to tenderize the lamb while also adding a tangy flavor. Combined with the cumin, it makes a fantastic combination.

Cumin is a spice that is native to the Middle East and North Africa. It’s an aromatic, earthy spice with a nutty flavor and a slightly sweet aftertaste. Its pungent aroma and warm flavor are what make it so popular in lamb dishes.

Cumin is even grown in Afghanistan!

The garlic provides a subtle, earthy flavor that helps to round out the marinade.

Afghans Love Lamb.

We put the lamb in everything, and luckily lamb is becoming easier and easier to get in grocery markets in the US. Try lamb in our national dish, kabuli pulao.

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Lamb Chop Marinade

Lamb Chop Marinade Inspired by Traditional Afghan Flavors

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  • Author: Mirriam Seddiq


This is a delicious lamb chop marinade recipe.



Juice of One Large Lemon (Two Small)

Untrimmed Lamb Chops

1 Teaspoon of Cumin Whole

1 Teaspoon Crushed

1 1/2 Teaspoons of Salt

Ground Black Pepper

1 Teaspoon of Ground Coriander

1 Tablespoon of Garlic

1 Teaspoon of Aleppo Pepper (or any ground mild pepper)


1. Take your lemon juice, spices, and garlic and mix in a bowl.

2. Soak your lamb in the marinade. Cover in cling wrap and store overnight.

3. Take the meat out to get to room temperature and grill outside or in a cast iron.

4. Serve with some Afghan rice or bread.

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Mirriam Seddiq

I am Mirriam Z. Seddiq, the Afghan Cook. I was born in Afghanistan and came to America as a when I was 18 months old. I am a criminal defense, personal injury, and immigration attorney. I started the first Muslim American Woman Political Action Committee, once owned a coffee shop and a restaurant, and currently am the CEO of the Komak Foundation which focuses its efforts on helping Afghan refugees.

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