Lamb Kebab Recipe with Sesame Sauce

This Lamb Kebab recipe is delicious! Marinated then grilled and served with a creamy sesame sauce. Quick, easy and so yummy!

I teamed up with American Lamb to bring you this post. As always, all opinions are my own. 

Tender and earthy lamb kebabs

I love threading all kinds of meat onto skewers during grilling season. Not only is it a convenient way to cook protein, like Curry and Lime Chicken or Mango Chicken, on a hot grill, but the individual portions are perfect for serving a crowd!  

The same is true for these Grilled American Lamb Kebabs. They’re first marinated in a lemony and herb-packed sauce to infuse the flavors of the Mediterranean, then cooked quickly on a hot grill. The American lamb stays tender and juicy while the outside forms an irresistible charred crust.

I plated these easy lamb skewers over a 3-ingredient sesame sauce to give this summer dinner its unforgettable pizazz. Top it off with toasted sesame seeds, and you have a new favorite meal for grilling season!

Overhead shot of grilled kebabs on grey plate with bright yellow grilled lemons.

Can you grill lamb?

Absolutely. Grilling lamb softens the flavors while keeping the meat nice and tender. You can’t beat that gorgeous charred crust on the outside either. 

Grilling is also a great way to finish sous vide lamb chops perfectly. For the best grilled lamb, select a bright red cut with a light and even marbling of fat.

I like to cook with American Lamb. Here’s why:

  1. By choosing American Lamb, you’re supporting local farmers and ranchers throughout the US.
  2. Raising lamb in the US is a family affair with more than 80,000 family owned operations.
  3. Sheep improve pasture quality by recycling vital nutrients back into the soil, minimizing erosion and encouraging plant growth.
  4. The majority of sheep in the states graze pastures for most of their lives.

Also, American Lamb is giving away an American Lamb outdoor adventure, which includes American lamb for a party of 8 (leg, chops or shoulder), 1 Meater Plus meat thermometer, and 8 gift bags, one for you and each of your guests! Click here to enter!

Ingredients you’ll need

This summer dish is made up of three components:

  1. An herbaceous and lemony lamb kebab marinade
  2. Lamb loin chops (cut into cubes for easy threading)
  3. A 3-ingredient creamy sesame sauce

Tie it all together with toasted sesame seeds, warm pita bread, and grilled lemons for serving, and your Mediterranean-inspired feast is ready to be enjoyed.

Side view of kebabs on plate next to small bowl of sesame sauce.

Lamb kebab marinade

All you need to make the marinade are a handful of staple ingredients:

  • Onion
  • Garlic
  • Vegetable Oil – or canola oil
  • Parsley
  • Cumin
  • Lemon Zest + Juice
  • Salt

How to make this lamb kebab recipe

First, put all of the marinade ingredients together in a ziplock bag. Add the lamb cubes, seal the bag, and let the lamb soak for at least 6 hours in the fridge.

Afterward, thread the marinated lamb onto the skewers. Place them on a hot grill (or grill pan) and grill until the lamb is browned and the edges are nicely charred. 

Remove the kebabs from the grill and let them rest while you make the sesame sauce. 

Sesame sauce is easy to make by mixing the yogurt, tahini, and lemon juice together in a bowl. Toast the sesame seeds and cumin seeds together until fragrant.

To plate, spread the sesame sauce onto a large serving plate and drizzle with olive oil. Next, sprinkle the toasted sesame seeds, cumin seeds, and fresh parsley over the sauce. Arrange the lamb skewers on top, then serve and enjoy.

Tips and tricks

  • The lamb should be marbled with fat, but if you have a particularly fattier cut, trim off any excess before cutting into cubes. 
  • Plan ahead so there’s plenty of time to marinate the lamb. The longer the lamb marinates, the better the flavor (overnight is best).
  • Remove the marinated lamb from the fridge 15 to 30 minutes before grilling so the pieces cook evenly. 
  • If you’re using bamboo skewers, soak them in water for 30 minutes to keep them from burning on the grill.
  • Grill lemons for serving while you grill the lamb. Cut the lemons in half and grill them cut side down until lightly charred and softened.  
Side view of kebabs with dollops of sesame sauce.

Grilled lamb cooking temperatures

Grill the lamb just the way you like using a meat thermometer and this temperature guide:

  • Rare: 115ºF – 124ºF (very pink inside)
  • Medium rare: 125ºF – 135ºFF (bright pink inside) 
  • Medium: 136ºF – 144ºF (light pink inside) 
  • Medium well: 145ºF – 154ºF (barely any pink left)
  • Well done: 155ºF (no pink)

Note: The USDA recommends cooking lamb to an internal temperature of 145 degrees with a 3 minute rest. 

Pro tip: The residual heat will continue to cook the meat after it’s off the grill. To avoid accidentally overcooking the lamb, check the temperature with a meat thermometer and take the kebabs off the grill once the internal temperature is 5 degrees less than your desired doneness.

Serving suggestions

These gorgeous kebabs make an impressive appetizer and main course. Make it a meal and serve your grilled lamb kebabs with any of these delicious pairings:

FAQs

What cut of lamb is best for kebabs?

Lean, tender cuts with just enough fat to keep the meat juicy are best for kebabs. Thick-cut lamb loin chops, butterflied leg of lamb, lamb shoulder and lamb stew meat are great options. 

Should you marinate lamb kebabs before grilling?

Absolutely. Even after a brief 30-minute marinade, the meat will tenderize and take on flavor. The lamb will taste best when marinated overnight.

How do you know when lamb kebabs are cooked?

The lamb skewers are done when the pieces of meat are browned and have a light crust and crispy charred edges. Use an instant read thermometer to ensure the centers are cooked to your desired temperature.

Overhead view of grilled lamb kebabs on grey plate.

Wine pairings for lamb kebabs

  • Lamb has a rich, gamey flavor that matches best with bold reds with high tannins like Shiraz or Chianti.
  • It’s also lovely with rich, full-bodied reds like Cabernet Sauvignon or Merlot.

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Grilled lamb kebabs on plate with dollops of sesame sauce.

Lamb Kebab Recipe

This Lamb Kebab Recipe is delicious! Served with a creamy sesame sauce, every bite is enhanced with its rich, nutty, and pleasantly tangy flavors.
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Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Marinating Time: 6 hours
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 4 people

Ingredients

Lamb Kebabs:

  • 2 Tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1 medium onion (quartered)
  • 1 clove garlic (peeled)
  • 4 sprigs fresh parsley
  • 1 Tablespoon cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon lemon zest
  • 3 Tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon kosher salt
  • 1 1/4 pounds lamb loin chops (cut into 1-inch cubes (or lamb leg, shoulder or stew meat))

Sesame Sauce:

  • 1 cup Greek yogurt
  • 3 Tablespoons tahini
  • 1 Tablespoon lemon juice
  • Salt and Pepper (to taste)

To Garnish:

  • 1 teaspoon sesame seeds
  • 1 teaspoon cumin seeds
  • 1 Tablespoon chopped fresh parsley
  • Warm pita (for serving)
  • Grilled lemons

Instructions

  • Lamb Kabobs:
  • In a blender, combine the oil, onion, garlic, parsley, cumin, lemon zest, lemon juice and salt and puree until smooth. Transfer the marinade to a resealable plastic bag and add the lamb. Seal and refrigerate for at least 6 hours or preferably overnight.
  • Light a grill or preheat a grill pan. Drain the lamb, shaking off the excess marinade. Thread the lamb onto 4 long skewers. Grill over high heat, turning occasionally, until lightly charred, about 5 minutes for medium-rare meat.
  • Sesame Sauce:
  • Add yogurt, tahini and lemon juice to a large bowl and stir to combine. Season with salt and pepper, to taste.
  • In a small skillet, toast the sesame seeds and cumin seeds until fragrant.
  • Spread the sesame sauce on a large serving plate and drizzle with the olive oil. Sprinkle with toasted seeds and parsley. Arrange the grilled lamb skewers on top. Serve.

Notes

Grill the lamb just the way you like using a meat thermometer and this temperature guide:
 
  • Rare: 115ºF – 124ºF (very pink inside)
  • Medium rare: 125ºF – 135ºFF (bright pink inside) 
  • Medium: 136ºF – 144ºF (light pink inside) 
  • Medium well: 145ºF – 154ºF (barely any pink left)
  • Well done: 155ºF (no pink)
 
Note: The USDA recommends cooking lamb to an internal temperature of 145 degrees with a 3 minute rest. 
Pro tip: The residual heat will continue to cook the meat after it’s off the grill. To avoid accidentally overcooking the lamb, check the temperature with a meat thermometer and take the kabobs off the grill once the internal temperature is 5 degrees less than your desired doneness.
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Nutrition

Calories: 563kcal | Carbohydrates: 9g | Protein: 31g | Fat: 45g | Saturated Fat: 18g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 6g | Monounsaturated Fat: 18g | Trans Fat: 0.003g | Cholesterol: 107mg | Sodium: 1851mg | Potassium: 534mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 205IU | Vitamin C: 12mg | Calcium: 129mg | Iron: 4mg

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