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Lamb Skewers with Green Olive & Mint Sauce

Scott Phillips

Servings: two as a main dish.

Cook these cumin-scented lamb kebabs over the grill or under the broiler, then drizzle on the chunky olive-mint vinaigrette.


  • 3/4 lb. boneless lamb shoulder chops or lamb leg steaks, trimmed of extra fat and cut into 1-inch cubes
  • 3 Tbs. extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 tsp. minced garlic
  • 1 tsp. ground cumin
  • Pinch crushed red chile flakes
  • Kosher salt
  • 2 tsp. red-wine vinegar
  • 1 tsp. honey
  • 2 Tbs. chopped pitted green olives
  • 2 Tbs. chopped fresh mint leaves

Nutritional Information

  • Calories (kcal) : 470
  • Fat Calories (kcal): 310
  • Fat (g): 35
  • Saturated Fat (g): 9
  • Polyunsaturated Fat (g): 3
  • Monounsaturated Fat (g): 22
  • Cholesterol (mg): 120
  • Sodium (mg): 800
  • Carbohydrates (g): 4
  • Fiber (g): 0
  • Protein (g): 35


  • In a medium bowl, combine the lamb with 1 Tbs. of the olive oil, 1/2 tsp. of the garlic, 1/2 tsp. of the cumin, the chile flakes, and 1/2 tsp. salt. Toss to coat and set aside.
  • In a small bowl, combine the vinegar, honey, olives, and the remaining garlic, cumin, and olive oil. Stir in the mint.
  • Thread the lamb onto 4 small skewers. Broil or grill the lamb, flipping once, until browned and sizzling, 3 to 4 minutes per side. Transfer the skewers to plates, spoon over the sauce, and serve immediately.

Serve the kebabs on a bed of  couscous tossed with diced red peppers, and a side of Cucumber & Feta Salad with Mint & Dill.


If using wooden skewers, soak them for 20 minutes in water before threading so they don’t burn on the grill.


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    Amy | 06/10/2020

    Fantabulous! I used lamb stew meat (Corona-virus, use what you’ve got time) and worried it wouldn’t be right but it was tender & delicious. Served it over steamed riced cauliflower, and with a cucumber feta mint salad. So fresh and summery!

  • MarciaJMcI | 08/21/2012

    Made these for dinner this weekend, they are great! It was easy to put together and a great new flavor with lamb. I followed the recipe except that I made it for 10! I will be making this again.

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