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Grilled Lamb Kebabs with Saffron

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These Grilled Lamb Kebabs with Saffron are succulent and delicious! Try this amazing recipe at your next cookout.

Grilled Lamb Kebabs with Saffron

Lamb kebabs are as equally versatile and they are flavorful. Serve them straight from the grill with a side of rice and salad, or wrap them in a warmed pita with a delicious yogurt sauce on top. You can even remove the cooked lamb and add it to your favorite soups and stews. If you’re not a fan of lamb, you can certainly substitute with beef or chicken. See below for suggested marinating times.

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Ingredients for Grilled Lamb Kebabs with Saffron:

  • Vegetable or chicken stock
  • Lemon
  • Olive oil
  • Onion: use either a white or red onion.
  • Red wine vinegar
  • Garlic
  • Salt
  • Cumin powder
  • Saffron threads: substitute with turmeric, annatto, or safflower
  • Black pepper
  • Boneless leg of lamb: you’ll need about 2 pounds.
  • Skewers: I recommend using metal skewers for this recipe. If using wooden skewers, then soak them in water for 30 minutes first.

Marinating times:

If you are not a fan of lamb, you can substitute it with other meats, seafood, or vegetables in this kebab recipe. See below for suggested marinating times.

  • Lamb: Marinate for 6-10 hours
  • Beef: 6-24 hours
  • Chicken: 2-4 hours
  • Fish and Seafood: 1 hour
  • Vegetables or Meat substitutes: 1-2 hours

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How to Make Grilled Lamb Kebabs with Saffron:

  • Cut the meat into 1 1/2 inch pieces, and marinate as directed.
  • Preheat grill for 350-375 degrees F or medium heat.
  • Thread 6-7 pieces of marinated lamb cubes onto each skewer. 
  • Place the lamb kebabs directly onto the grill grate and cook for 10-11 minutes. 
  • I recommend a doneness temperature between 150-160 degrees F, or medium done. 
  • If using chicken, cook to an internal temperature of 165 degrees F.

What to serve with it:

Serve these delectable grilled lamb kebabs in warmed pitas with a yogurt sauce, sliced onions, and one or more of these side dishes. 

Middle Eastern Eggplant

Smoked Hummus

Hummus bil Lahme

Storing Leftovers:

Remove the cooked lamb from the skewers, and place it into an airtight container. Store in your refrigerator for 3-4 days, or freeze in a vacuum-sealed bag for up to 3 months.

Grilled Lamb Kebabs with Saffron

Grilled Lamb Kebabs with Saffron

Lamb kebabs are as equally flavorful as they are versatile. They can be served straight from the grill with a side of rice and salad, or wrapped in a warmed pita with a delicious sauce on top. You can even remove the cooked lamb and add it to your favorite soups and stews. If you’re not a fan of the flavor of lamb, you can certainly substitute it with beef or chicken. Adjust marinating and cooking times accordingly.
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Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Middle Eastern
Keyword: Lamb Recipe, leg of lamb
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Marinating Time: 6 hours
Total Time: 6 hours 25 minutes
Servings: 4 people

Equipment

  • Metal skewers

Ingredients

  • 2 pounds of boneless leg of lamb cut into 1 1/2 inch cubes

Marinade:

  • 1/2 cup vegetable stock
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons grated onion
  • 1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
  • 4-6 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 1/4 teaspoons salt
  • 1 teaspoon cumin powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon saffron threads
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper

Instructions

  • Place lamb cubes in a glass dish or resealable plastic bag.
  • Combine marinade ingredients and pour over lamb, making sure it is well coated. Seal bag and place in the refrigerator for 6 hours.
  • Preheat grill for medium heat.
  • Remove lamb from bag and thread the meat onto skewers, about 6-7 pieces per skewer.
  • Place kebabs on to a lightly oiled grill grate 10-11 minutes, turning once or twice. When the lamb has reached the desired doneness, remove from the grill and serve.

Notes

Photo by: Yulia Zyablova
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Derrick Riches

I began writing about Barbecue & Grilling in 1997 with one mission, to help the backyard chef have the best experience possible.

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