Shish Kebab


Shish kebab has to be one of the most well known dishes from the Middle East. Marinated pieces of lamb on a skewer, grilled on the barbecue.

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Shish kebab
Veronique van Ohmydish

Made by Véronique

Published at 2023-07-16, this recipe is for 6 people and takes 1 hours 15 minutes.

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Shish kebab


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  • 1.2 kilograms of lamb
  • 1 lemon
  • 2 red peppers
  • 1 green pepper
  • 3 small onions or 1 large
  • 2 red onions
  • 3 cloves of garlic
  • 2 teaspoons chilli powder
  • fresh mint leaves to garnish
  • olive oil
  • pepper
  • salt
Shish kebab ingredients
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  • Chopping board
  • Chef's knife
  • Fine grater
  • Large bowl
  • Metal or wooden skewers
  • Barbecue

Shish Kebab

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Preparation – 15 minutes + 1 hour waiting time

Clean the lamb, and cut off any excess fat or sinew. Then cut the lamb into fairly large cubes and place them in the large bowl. Peel the 3 small onions and cut off the ends.

Grate the onions very finely with the finest possible grater, placing the bowl with the lamb pieces beneath the grater. Squeeze the juice from the lemon over the lamb and onion.

Season the lamb with plenty of pepper and salt, then add 2 teaspoons of chilli powder and a dash of olive oil. Mix everything together well.

It is best to leave the lamb in the marinade for a day in the fridge. If this is not possible, leave it for at least an hour.

Shish kebab
Shish kebab

Finishing the shish kebab – 20 minutes

Wash the peppers, cut them open and remove the seeds. Cut the peppers into fairly coarse pieces, but not too large. Cut the red onion in half and separate it into half moons.

Take the lamb from the fridge and start threading the shish kebabs. Add a piece of lamb, a piece of pepper and a piece of red onion. Repeat this step 4 or 5 times per skewer.

Heat the barbecue and when ready, place the shish kebabs on the grill. Turn the skewers every now and then, until the meat is cooked. This takes around 10 to 15 minutes, depending on the thickness of the meat.

Never grill lamb for too long, as it will become dry. Garnish with fresh mint leaves. Enjoy your meal!

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Shish Kebab: frequently asked questions

I don't have metal skewers, can I also use wooden skewers?

If you use wooden skewers, it is best to soak them in water for at least an hour before using. This prevents the wooden skewers from burning while grilling on the barbecue.

What is good to serve with shish kebabs?

An ideal combination is to serve the shish kebabs with pita bread, a salad and a tasty yoghurt dressing. Garlic sauce and baguette also work really well. 

Where does shish kebab come from?

From the area in the Middle East which is now Turkey. The name of the dish comes from the Turkish şiş, which means spit or skewer, and kebab from lamb or mutton. Variations of the shish kebab can be found throughout the Balkan countries, the Middle East and the Caucasus Mountains.