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iskender kebab

─░skender Kebab

Course Main Course
Cuisine Turkish
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Servings 6
Calories 765 kcal


For the Meat Marinate

  • 1 kg Lamb or Rib eye steak
  • 2 onions grated
  • 3 tbsp olive oil
  • 3 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 3 teaspoon oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper

For the Sauce

  • 3 tbsp tomato paste
  • 2 cups water
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 tbsp melted sizzling butter for topping

To serve

  • 4 pide bread (pita bread) or cube bread square cut by 2 cm x 2 cm
  • 2 cups plain yogurt


  1. Preheat the oven 180 C (350 F). 

Preparing the meat marination a day ahead of time of cooking

  1. Slice the meat thinly and then pound each slice with the flat meat tenderizer. The aim is to make the meat slice about 6 cm x 5 cm in size.  

  2. Mix the grated onion, oregano, red pepper flakes, olive oil, salt and black pepper in a large bowl. Stir in the meat slices and coat each piece with this mix and then cover the bowl and marinate overnight in the fridge.

Tomato Sauce

  1. Put 2 tablespoon of olive oil into saucepan and then add the tomato paste, salt and black pepper and combine them well. Add the water then bring the sauce to the boil. Simmer for 10 minutes.

Preparing the Pide Bread / Cube Bread.

  1. Slice the pide bread or cube bread into 2 cm x 2 cm squares and place them into the oven tray and then warm them in the oven for 5 minutes. 

Making the ─░skender Kebab

  1. Pour olive oil to the skillet and cook the marinated meat slices on high heat; for about 3 minutes each side. While the meats are cooking, add a big knob of butter to the skillet to make topping. Fry the butter until sizzling.

  2. Place the warm square cut Pide Bread / Cube Bread pieces to the plates evenly.

  3. After the meats cooked; place the meats on top of the warm Pide Bread / Cube Bread pieces evenly and then pour over the tomato sauce.

  4. Right after you pour tomato sauce, pour the sizzling butter over the top of the tomato sauce. 

  5. Serve immediately with plain yogurt.