Middle Eastern Lamb Skewers

Middle Eastern Lamb Skewers

  • Prep: 6 hr
  • Cook Time: 6 min
  • Total: 6 hr 6 min
  • Serving: 4 Servings

These Middle Eastern-inspired lamb kabobs are first tenderized in a spicy onion, garlic and lemon puree, and then grilled to perfection. Serve accompanied with a bowl of plain Greek-style yogurt and some warm pita bread.


  • 1 medium onion, quartered
  • 1 clove peeled garlic
  • 4 flat-leaf parsley sprigs
  • 1/2 teaspoon finely grated lemon zest
  • 3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon ground allspice
  • 1 tablespoon sea salt
  • pinch of saffron threads
  • 1-1/4 pounds trimmed lamb loin, cut into 1-inch cubes
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil


  1. Place the onion, garlic, parsley sprigs, lemon zest, lemon juice, allspice, salt and saffron into a blender and puree the mixture until smooth. Pour the marinade into a large plastic Ziploc bag, add the cubed lamb and then seal and marinate the meat for at least 6 hours in the refrigerator, or overnight.
  2. Prepare a grill on high heat.
  3. Thread the cubes of lamb onto metal skewers, brush with some olive oil and then place on the hot grill for 6 minutes, turning occasionally to ensure even cooking. Serve immediately.


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