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April 29, 2024

American Lamb Kabobs with Harissa Tahini  


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Prep Time

20 min

Cook Time

15 min

Total Time

35 min



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For the Lamb Kabobs 

● 2 lbs American Lamb stew meat, cut into 1-inch cubes 

● 2 teaspoons kosher salt 

● 1 teaspoon black pepper 

● 1 onion, large diced 

● 3 cloves garlic, minced 

● 2 tablespoons olive oil 

● Zest and juice of one lemon 

● 2 teaspoons ground cumin 

● 2 teaspoons smoked paprika 

● 1 teaspoon ground coriander 

● 2 tablespoons fresh oregano leaves, or 1 teaspoon dried

● Bamboo skewers, soaked in water for 30 minutes 


For the Harissa Tahini Sauce: 

● 1/2 cup tahini 

● 1-2 tablespoons harissa paste 

● 2 cloves garlic, minced 

● Zest and juice of one lemon 

● 2 teaspoons honey 

● 1/4 cup water 

● ½ teaspoon kosher salt 

● Fresh oregano for garnish


1. Marinate lamb: 

Place American Lamb in a large bowl. Add large diced onion, minced garlic, olive oil, lemon juice, cumin, paprika, coriander, salt, and pepper. Mix well to create the marinade. 

Cover the bowl and refrigerate for at least 2 hours, or preferably overnight, to allow the flavors to meld. 

2. For the Harissa Tahini sauce: 

In a small food processor, puree tahini, harissa paste, garlic, lemon zest and juice, honey and water until smooth. If the sauce is too thick, add more water, a tablespoon at a time, until you reach your desired consistency. 

Taste the sauce and adjust the seasoning with salt as needed. 

3. Grill kabobs: 

Preheat your grill to medium-high heat. 

Thread the marinated lamb cubes and onion pieces onto the soaked bamboo skewers. 

Place the skewers on the preheated grill and cook for about 8 to 10 minutes, turning occasionally, until the lamb is cooked to your desired level of doneness and has a nice char on the outside*. 

Once cooked, remove the lamb kabobs from the grill and let them rest for a few minutes before serving. 

4. Serving: 

Serve the grilled lamb kabobs drizzled with harissa tahini sauce. Serve more sauce alongside for dipping. You can also serve them with your choice of sides such as rice, grilled vegetables, or pita bread.

USDA recommends the following time and temperature parameters

Ground Lamb

Internal temperature of 160°F

All Other Cuts

Internal temperature of 145°F, with a 3 minute rest

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