This spicy yogurt marinade tenderizes lamb beautifully--but it's not a long process, as with some marinades. Twenty minutes does the trick. Here, the lamb is paired with orange sections, which sear and turn slightly bitter, a bracing complement to the meat.

EatingWell Test Kitchen
Source: EatingWell Magazine, July/August 1997


Recipe Summary

40 mins


Ingredient Checklist


Instructions Checklist
  • Preheat grill to high.

  • Combine cilantro, parsley, garlic, paprika, cumin, salt and pepper in a food processor; process until the herbs are finely chopped. Add yogurt and lemon juice; process until smooth. Scrape into a medium bowl, add lamb and toss to coat. Cover with plastic wrap and marinate in the refrigerator for 20 minutes.

  • Thread lamb and orange slices alternately onto 8 skewers. Discard marinade.

  • Oil the grill rack (see Tip). Grill the kebabs, turning occasionally, until cooked to desired doneness, 7 to 10 minutes for medium-rare. Serve immediately.


Equipment: Eight 10-inch skewers (see Tip)

To oil a grill rack: Oil a folded paper towel, hold it with tongs and rub it over the rack. (Do not use cooking spray on a hot grill.)

To grill with wooden skewers: Wrap the exposed parts with foil to keep them from burning. (Contrary to conventional wisdom, soaking skewers in water doesn't protect them.)

Nutrition Facts

200 calories; protein 25.4g 51% DV; carbohydrates 12.3g 4% DV; exchange other carbs 1; dietary fiber 2.3g 9% DV; sugars 7.4g; fat 5.5g 9% DV; saturated fat 1.9g 9% DV; cholesterol 72.9mg 24% DV; vitamin a iu 1143.9IU 23% DV; vitamin c 55.8mg 93% DV; folate 66mcg 17% DV; calcium 88.7mg 9% DV; iron 2.9mg 16% DV; magnesium 46.8mg 17% DV; potassium 553.8mg 16% DV; sodium 380.4mg 15% DV; thiamin 0.2mg 23% DV.

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Rating: 5 stars
Really Delicious Used dried herbs instead of fresh and it was still fabulous. Would serve to guests. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
This is super easy and quite fabulous. I was tired of the same old lamb and gave this a try. It was super tender and the spice was perfect. My whole family gave it an A. Definite must try if you like lamb. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
This was really good. We used plain goat yogurt for the marinade. We had it we steamed vegetables and brown rice. I will definately be making this again. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
Love it a good change of pace. I try to stay away from the same old steak and chicken dishes. Read More