Lamb Shish Kebab
Lamb Shish Kebab
5 from 4 votes
Delve into the world of Middle Eastern cuisine with my Lamb Shish Kebab recipe, a tantalising dish that combines traditional spices with succulent lamb cubes. Discover its origin and master the technique with our easy-to-follow steps.
Lamb Shish Kebab

If you’re looking for a dish that’s bursting with flavor and easy to make, look no further than these succulent Lamb Shish Kebabs.

Originating from the Middle East, shish kebabs are skewered and grilled meats that are loved for their simplicity and taste. Don’t let the exotic name fool you; these kebabs are simple enough for even the most novice of cooks to master.

Marinated in a blend of garlic, olive oil, and spices like paprika, cumin, and coriander, these kebabs are packed with flavor that will leave your taste buds singing.

The acidity from the lemon juice helps tenderize the meat while adding a bright, zesty kick to each bite. With just a handful of ingredients, you can create a dish that’s sure to impress friends and family alike.

Grilling these kebabs infuses them with a delicious smoky flavor, making them perfect for backyard barbecues or weeknight dinners.

Whether you’re cooking for a crowd or just whipping up a quick meal for yourself, these Lamb Shish Kebabs are sure to become a staple in your recipe repertoire.

Expert Tip: To prevent the kebabs from sticking to the grill, brush them with a little olive oil before grilling and rotate them occasionally while cooking to ensure even cooking and prevent burning.


Lamb Leg: Lamb leg, cut into cubes, serves as the star of these kebabs, offering a tender and flavorful protein base.

Garlic: Minced garlic adds a pungent depth of flavor to the marinade, infusing the lamb with aromatic goodness.

Olive Oil: Olive oil not only helps to tenderize the meat but also serves as a carrier for the spices, ensuring they coat the lamb evenly.

Paprika: Paprika lends a subtle sweetness and vibrant color to the marinade, enhancing the visual appeal of the kebabs.

Cumin Powder: Cumin powder brings a warm, earthy flavor to the marinade, complementing the richness of the lamb.

Coriander Powder: Coriander powder adds a citrusy, herbal note to the marinade, balancing the other flavors beautifully.

Salt and Black Pepper: Salt and black pepper season the meat, enhancing its natural flavors and adding depth to the dish.

Lemon: Freshly squeezed lemon juice provides acidity and brightness to the marinade, tenderizing the meat and adding a refreshing zing.

Expert Tip: For added flavor, you can customize the marinade by incorporating additional herbs and spices such as oregano, thyme, or smoked paprika.

Serving Suggestions

  • Serve the hot kebabs with some warm pita bread, perfect for wrapping up the juicy meat and soaking up any flavorful juices.
  • Pair the kebabs with a crisp, refreshing side salad tossed in a light vinaigrette to balance out the richness of the meat.
  • Complete the meal with a dollop of creamy tzatziki sauce on the side, adding a cool and tangy contrast to the smoky flavors of the kebabs.

These serving suggestions ensure a well-rounded and satisfying dining experience, highlighting the flavors of the Lamb Shish Kebabs while offering complementary textures and tastes.

Expert Tip: Ensure the grill or grill pan is preheated to medium-high heat before adding the kebabs to achieve a nice sear on the meat.

Frequently Asked Questions

How long should I marinate the lamb?

Marinate the lamb for at least 2 hours, or overnight for best results. This allows the flavors to penetrate the meat and tenderize it effectively.

Can I use a different cut of lamb?

While lamb leg is preferred for its tenderness and flavor, you can also use lamb shoulder or loin for this recipe. Just ensure to adjust the cooking time accordingly as different cuts may require varying levels of cooking.

Can I grill the kebabs indoors?

Yes, you can grill the kebabs indoors using a grill pan or broiler. Preheat the grill pan or broiler to medium-high heat and cook the kebabs as instructed, turning them occasionally until cooked to your preferred level of doneness.

Can I make ahead and freeze the marinated lamb?

Yes, you can marinate the lamb ahead of time and freeze it for later use. Simply place the marinated lamb in an airtight container or freezer bag and store it in the freezer for up to 3 months. Thaw in the refrigerator before grilling.

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Lamb Shish Kebab

Lamb Shish Kebabs

by Nabeela Kauser
Delve into the world of Middle Eastern cuisine with our Lamb Shish Kebab recipe, a tantalising dish that combines traditional spices with succulent lamb cubes. Discover its origin and master the technique with our easy-to-follow steps.
5 from 4 votes
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Course Appetiser, Main Course
Cuisine Middle Eastern, Turkish
Servings 4
Calories 169 kcal


  • 500 g Lamb Leg Cut into cubes
  • 2 cloves Garlic Minced
  • 2 tbsp Olive Oil
  • 1 tsp Paprika
  • 1 tsp Cumin Powder
  • 1 tsp Coriander Powder
  • Salt To taste
  • Black Pepper To taste
  • 1 Lemon Squeezed


  • Take a bowl and mix olive oil, minced garlic, paprika, ground cumin, ground coriander, salt, pepper and lemon juice.
  • Put the cubed lamb meat into the bowl and stir well until it is coated evenly with the marinade. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and refrigerate it for at least 2 hours, or overnight.
  • If you plan to use wooden skewers, soak them in water for at least 30 minutes before using.
  • Heat your grill or grill pan to medium-high heat.
  • Skewer the lamb meat onto the soaked skewers.
  • Grill the kebabs for 15-20 minutes, turning them occasionally until the meat is cooked to your preferred level of doneness.
  • Serve the hot kebabs with some pita bread, a side salad, and some tzatziki sauce.


You can also add vegetables like onions, bell peppers, tomatoes, mushrooms, or zucchini to the skewers if you like.
Lamb leg meat can be substituted with lamb shoulder or neck meat.
If you don’t have a grill or grill pan, you can also cook the kebabs on a barbecue or in the oven.
Nutritional facts:
The provision of nutritional information is done so merely as a courtesy and should not be taken as a guarantee.


Calories: 169kcalCarbohydrates: 1gProtein: 16gFat: 11gSaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 50mgSodium: 50mgPotassium: 252mgFibre: 0.3gSugar: 0.2gVitamin A: 45IUVitamin C: 2mgCalcium: 16mgIron: 2mg
Keyword BBQ, Cooking, Food, Grilled, Lamb, Recipe, Spicy, Summer
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