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Mediterranean Lamb Kebabs

5 Servings

Active Time
30 mins

Marinating Time
4 hrs

Total Time
4 hrs 30 mins

If you keep some flavorful seasoning blends on hand, putting together a meat marinade can be a grab-and-go affair. Oaktown Spice Shop in Oakland, California, shared one of their favorite combinations. The marinating time is flexible, and you can cook the meat on an outdoor grill or a grill pan in the kitchen. You’ll need 10-in. bamboo skewers.

Lamb and Marinade
 1 ½ lbs boned lamb shoulder* or leg of lamb, cut into 1-in. cubes
 1 tsp kosher salt
 ¼ cup Eastern Mediterranean spice blend*
 ¼ cup extra-virgin olive oil
Tahini Sauce and Serving
 ½ cup tahini (sesame paste)
 Juice of 1 large lemon
 1 garlic clove, minced
 ¼ tsp kosher salt
 Chopped flat-leaf parsley
 Soft lavash or pita bread
 Sliced red onion and tomatoes

Prepare lamb: Sprinkle lamb with salt. In a bowl, whisk together olive oil and seasoning blend. Add lamb and toss to coat. Chill, covered, at least 4 hours or overnight.


Make tahini sauce: In a bowl, whisk together tahini with 6 tbsp. water, the lemon juice, garlic, and salt. Chill until used (up until next day).


About 30 minutes before cooking, soak six 10-in. bamboo skewers in water and let meat and tahini sauce stand at room temperature. Heat a grill to medium-high (350° to 450°), or set a grill pan on the stove over medium-high heat.


Thread lamb onto skewers. Grill (covered if on an outdoor grill), turning occasionally, 7 to 8 minutes total for medium-rare.


Sprinkle skewers with parsley and serve with tahini sauce, lavash bread, onion, and tomatoes.

* If boned lamb shoulder isn’t available, buy 3 lbs. bone-in shoulder chops. Buy the seasoning blend at, or combine equal parts ground cumin, garlic powder, flake salt, urfa biber chile flakes, black pepper, dill weed, and sumac.

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size 1 cup tonic water concentrate, plus 1 cocktail

Servings 0

Amount Per Serving
Calories 621Calories from Fat 475
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 53g82%

Saturated Fat 16g80%
Cholesterol 97mg33%
Sodium 1640mg69%
Total Carbohydrate 10g4%

Dietary Fiber 3.1g13%
Protein 28g57%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily value may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.