Turkish Lamb Shish Kebabs: Kuzu şiş

Turkish Lamb Shish Kebabs: Kuzu şiş

Kuzu şiş, or Turkish lamb shish kebab, is a delicious and popular dish that is perfect for a summer barbecue. The lamb is marinated in a flavourful blend of spices and then grilled to perfection. The result is a tender juicy kebab that is sure to please everyone at your next gathering.
The key to mastering the art of Kuzu şiş lies in the selection of the finest cuts of lamb. To ensure unparalleled tenderness, we turn to the lamb loin, lamb fillet, and back chops. These cuts are more tender and juicy than the cheaper and tougher lamb shoulder or leg commonly used in restaurants.
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 2 mins
Course Appetizer, Kebab, Lunch, Main Course
Cuisine Turkish
Servings 5


  • BBQ
  • Thin metal skewers


  • 1 kg whole lamb loin, cut into lamb fillets and back chops, cubed see video below

Lamb shish marinade

  • ½ tsp table salt dry brine before applying the marinade
  • 2 tbsp Greek style yoghurt
  • 1 tbsp Turkish pepper paste, biber salcasi
  • 100 ml oil
  • ½ tsp minced garlic
  • 1 tsp cumin powder
  • 1 tsp black pepper
  • ½ tsp Isot, Urfa pepper you can use pul biber (Aleppo pepper) too


Butchery of the lamb

Marinating and cooking the lamb shish

Keyword kebab, kuzu sis, lamb shish, shish kebab

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