Grilled American Lamb Skewers with Creamy Chipotle Sauce

Prep Time

1 HR, 15 MIN

Cook Time

15 MIN

Total Time

1 HR, 30 MIN



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  • 1 1/2 lbs boneless American lamb shoulder (cut into 1-inch cubes)


  • 2 tsp Diamond kosher salt
  • 1 tsp black pepper
  • 1 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1 tsp fresh thyme (chopped)
  • 1 tsp dried oregano (or fresh)
  • red pepper flakes (optional, to taste)
  • 2 garlic cloves (chopped)
  • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 limes, zested and juiced
  • 1 tsp honey

Creamy Chipotle Sauce

  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/4 cup sour cream or crema
  • 2 chipotle peppers from can *See ingredient note.
  • 1 tbsp adobo sauce from the chipotle peppers
  • 1 lime, juiced
  • 1/4 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1/4 tsp kosher salt


  • Make the Marinade: In a medium bowl, whisk together all the marinade ingredients.
  • Marinate the American Lamb: Add the cubed lamb to the marinade and stir to coat evenly. Cover and refrigerate, preferably overnight or for 8 hours *see note. Stir occasionally to redistribute the marinade. Alternatively, place the lamb and marinade in a resealable plastic bag, remove excess air, and refrigerate.
  • Prepare the Chipotle Sauce: In a blender or food processor, combine all the chipotle sauce ingredients and blend until smooth. Taste and adjust seasoning with additional chipotle peppers or lime juice, if desired.
  • Preheat the Grill: Prepare your grill for medium-high heat cooking. Alternatively, you can cook the skewers in a very hot skillet or under the broiler in your oven.
  • Assemble the Skewers: Thread the marinated lamb cubes onto skewers, allowing excess marinade to drip off. (If using wooden skewers, soak them in water for 30 minutes before using to prevent burning.)
  • Grill the Skewers: Sear the skewers for 3-5 minutes per side, rotating them occasionally, until the lamb cubes are cooked through (130°F for medium-rare, 140°F for medium), about 10 to 15 minutes total, depending on the heat of your grill. Use an instant-read meat thermometer to verify doneness.
  • Serve: Remove the skewers from the grill. You can either leave the lamb cubes on the skewers or remove them and serve on toothpicks as an appetizer, or just serve the cubes. Serve with the creamy chipotle dipping sauce on the side.

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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Visit our Lamb Cooking Time & Temperature page for recipe inspiration and tips on preparing the perfect lamb.

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