Andalusian-Inspired Lamb Kebabs with Yogurt and Herbs


RECIPE BY Lauren Chandler

PHOTOS BY Dana Halferty

This lamb kebab recipe is a fresh take on a legendary recipe that hails from southern Spain’s agricultural region. Its varied terrain spans the Sierra Morenas to the Iberian peninsula’s shared coastlines of the Mediterranean and Atlantic. Subtle hints of ground cumin, coriander, paprika and sherry vinegar elevate this fine dish typically reserved for authentic Iberian eateries. It’s a simple and inspired recipe you can make on the coals or your stovetop.


1/3 – 1/2 pound of boneless lamb per person (or 1/2 – 2/3 pound of bone-in lamb per person. I like lamb leg steak because there’s not much bone to cut around and the meat is tender).


1-2 garlic cloves, minced

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

1 Tablespoon ground coriander

1 Tablespoon ground cumin

1 T sweet smoked paprika

2 Tablespoons sherry vinegar (or balsamic)

1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil 


Plain full fat yogurt

Chopped cilantro and flat leaf parsley


1. Cut the lamb into cubes and combine with the rest of the ingredients in an airtight container or Ziploc bag. Store in the refrigerator (or cooler) and marinade for up to 24 hours.

2. Thread the lamb cubes loosely onto skewers and cook on a hot 12-inch grill pan for 10-15 minutes, turning 3 or 4 times, until the lamb is medium-rare.

 3. Transfer to serving dish and let rest for 5 minutes before serving. Top with a heaping dollop of yogurt and a generous sprinkling of herbs.

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