Step 1Bring the lamb chops to room temperature so they will cook quickly and evenly. Season them on both sides with salt to taste.
Step 2Combine the panko, black pepper and thyme in a shallow dish.
Step 3Heat two large, heavy skillets, preferably cast-iron, over medium-high heat.
Step 4When the skillets are very hot, add 2 tablespoons of oil to each and swirl to coat the bottom. Press the chops firmly into the pepper mixture on both sides to coat evenly and thickly. Place the chops in the skillets and cook 4 minutes. Turn the chops over and carefully pour off the fat from the pans.
Step 5Continue cooking for 3 minutes, then turn the chops on their sides to sear the fat for 3 minutes. Return to the second side down and cook until the chops are done to taste, about 2 minutes longer for rare. The crust will be very brown.