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Marinated Lamb Kebabs with a Chile-Yogurt Sauce

The Lebanese Recipes Kitchen (The home of delicious Lebanese Recipes and Middle Eastern food recipes) invites you to try Marinated Lamb Kebabs with a Chile-Yogurt Sauce Recipe. Enjoy tasty & easy Middle Eastern grilling recipes and learn how to make Marinated Lamb Kebabs with a Chile-Yogurt Sauce. 

Cook Time: 8 min | Level: Intermediate


2 1/2 pounds lamb shoulder, cut into 1-inch cubes
1 sweet onion, such as a Walla Walla, cubed
2 cloves garlic, chopped
1 orange, zested
3 oranges, juiced
2 tablespoons chopped fresh mint
1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
Salt and freshly ground black pepper

Chile-Yogurt Sauce:

1 cup whole-milk yogurt
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 teaspoons cumin seeds, toasted and ground
1 tablespoon chili powder, toasted
Salt and freshly ground black pepper


To prepare the kebabs, skewer the lamb pieces alternating with the onions into 6 large metal skewers. Place the kebabs in a large baking dish. In a small bowl, whisk together the garlic, orange zest and juice, mint, and oil. Pour the marinade over the kebabs and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes, or up to 2 hours.

While the lamb is marinating, prepare the yogurt sauce. Whisk together the yogurt, garlic, cumin, and chile powder in a bowl. Season, to taste, with salt and pepper. Refrigerate until you are ready to serve.

To grill the kebabs, oil the grill and prepare a hot fire. If you are using a gas grill, preheat on high. If you are using a charcoal grill, let the coals burn until they are covered with gray ash. The fire is hot when you can hold your hand over the grill for no longer than 5 seconds. Remove the lamb from the marinade and drain very well. Place the skewers on the grill and grill, turning once or twice, for 6 to 8 minutes for medium doneness.

Place the skewers on a serving platter, and garnish with mint sprigs. Serve warm, with the sauce on the side.

Recipe courtesy Caprial and John Pence, Caprial and John's Kitchen, Ten Speed Press, 2002
Show: Sara's SecretsEpisode: Chefs Cook at Home: John and Caprial

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