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This recipe is classed as easy

Rating 3.59 / 5 (56 votes)

Prep time:
15 min, plus 2 hours marinating time
Cook time:
10 min

Kazan Restaurant’s Levent and Bulent Hassan show how to cook a truly authentic Turkish lamb kebab


1. Chop the lamb into chunky cubes, removing any excess fat.

2. For the marinade: in a large bowl, combine the olive oil, garlic, onions, red pepper paste, chilli flakes, oregano, chopped rosemary and a little salt and freshly ground pepper. Add the meat cubes and toss to coat thoroughly in the mixture.

3. Cover and refrigerate for at least 2 hours and up to 36 hours.

4. When ready to cook, preheat a chargrill or barbecue to hot.

5. Remove the meat from the marinade and thread the cubes onto long or round metal skewers, alternating with chunks of onion and pepper.

6. Cook the kebabs on the hot chargrill or barbecue for 4-6 minutes on each side.

7. Serve the kebabs with flatbread and a range of mezze accompaniments.


For the marinade

  • 100 ml extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 1 onion, sliced
  • 1-2 tbsp red peppers, paste
  • pinches red dried red chilli flakes, crushed
  • large pinches dried oregano
  • 2-3 sprigs fresh rosemary, leaves only, finely chopped

To serve

  • Turkish flatbreads

Tips and suggestions

The meat best suited for kebabs and the original inspiration for the great Turkish “sis kebab” is lamb – shoulder, leg or neck. This is because lamb is liberally and evenly marbled with fat. Other popular meats are chicken, beef, fish and shellfish. As with most dishes, the fresher the better.

Turkish sweet red pepper paste is available from Middle Eastern markets.

Levent and Bulent suggest serving the kebabs with a selection of traditional Middle Eastern mezze dishes, such as tabbouleh, nut salad, aubergine dip and a yogurt-based dip.

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Latest Comment


Great recipe, I've been looking out for this type of thing ever since I got this grill: [link]
I wanted to know the cut of lamb best used. A lot of people have said neck fillet but this seems like it would work just as well. From my experience I would marinade for at least 24hrs!

DavidH31331 DavidH31331  Posted 01 May 2014 12:49 PM

Delicious but needed more cooking time as I was using a hot grill pan and not a barbecue.

DouglasM75425 DouglasM75425  Posted 04 Nov 2012 10:00 PM