Tell me who doesn’t love to eat Lamb Shish Kebab. No matter what the occasion is; it is one of the most wanted Kebab type at the restaurants of Turkey. Let say you came to Turkey and having a lunch with your Turkish business partners to discuss the latest sales figures or you came here to visit your Turkish friend; what would you want to eat at lunch? Would it be a fish or a Lamb Shish kebab? The answer is obvious.

When a dish has such popularity around the globe, the variations are endless. Today I am going to share with you the original Turkish way of Lamb Shish Kebab recipe. The key factor behind to cook the perfect Lamb Shish Kebab lies under which part of the lamb meat you are using and how you marinate the lamb meat and also what kind of ingredients you use while you are marinating. These 3 subjects are the key to reach the perfect taste of Shish Kebab. Before I gave you the recipe let’s look at the history of this magnificent taste.

The Story of Lamb Shish Kebab.

The history of the kebab traces back to hundreds of years in Turkish culture. The word ‘Kebab’ was first mentioned in a Turkish script of ‘Kyssa-i Yusuf’ in 1337, which known the oldest source that ‘Kebab’ word defines as a food type.

Some historians say that Ottoman soldiers were using their swords as skewers after they came from hunting. It is also being said that Turkish soldiers are using their rifle bayonets to cook rabbits or small forest animals. At below photo I share a Turkish soldier’s rifle bayonet, which has been used in World War I. If you look at the shape of it, you can see that it makes sense to use such tool as a skewer in the wild to cook.

I don’t want you to hurt yourself while trying to cook this Kebab with a Rifle Bayonet.  I think modern skewers are just fine to cook ‘Lamb Shish Kebab’ at home. But if you lost in the woods and find a rifle bayonet in the ground, now you know how to use it for making Kebab. And please name that Kebab as ‘Rifle Bayonet Kebab’ for me.

Lamb Shish Kebab

Course Main Course
Cuisine Turkish
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Calories 342 kcal

Ingredients

  • 1 kg boneless leg of lamb meat dice cut, 1 inch

Ingredients for marinade

  • 3 tbsp olive oil
  • 3 tbsp yogurt
  • 1 tbsp red pepper paste
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt

Instructions

  1. Put all the ingredients to a big bowl and add the lamb cubes in it and mix them well. Refrigerate overnight or at least 2 hours.

  2. Put the lamb cubes on skewers. If you are using wood skewers, leave them in water for 10 minutes to prevent them catching fire.

  3. Cook Shish Kebab on the electric grill, bbq or even bake them in the oven at 200C till all sides of lamb cubes are golden brown.

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