Yogurt-Marinated Lamb Kebabs With Lemon Butter

Serving Size: 8
Total Time:


  • 2 cup plain whole-milk yogurt
  • 3 Tbsp ghee or unsalted butter, melted
  • 6 1-by-2-inch strips of lemon peel
  • kosher salt
  • 0.5 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1 large garlic clove, minced
  • 1 tsp turmeric
  • 1.5 tsp pure chili powder, such as ancho
  • 2 Pound trimmed boneless leg of lamb, cut into 1 1/2-inch cubes
  • 1.5 cup water
  • 2 Tbsp fresh lemon juice


1. In a large bowl, whisk 1 cup of the yogurt with the water. Add the lamb cubes, toss to coat and refrigerate overnight.

2. Light a grill. Drain the lamb and pat dry with paper towels. In a large bowl, whisk the remaining 1 cup of yogurt with the chile powder, turmeric, garlic, cayenne and 1 teaspoon of salt. Add the lamb, toss to coat and let stand for 10 to 20 minutes.

3. On each of 6 metal skewers, thread a piece of the lemon peel. Thread the lamb cubes onto the skewers and season with salt. In a small bowl, combine the ghee with the lemon juice.

4. Grill the skewers over moderately high heat, turning, until starting to char all over, about 3 minutes. Continue to grill, turning and basting with the ghee and lemon juice, until medium-rare, about 4 minutes longer. Serve the lamb on or off the skewers.