Delicious Paleo lamb kebab skewers recipe with fresh herbs in dairy free Tzatziki inspired tahini dressing.
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Paleo Kofta Kebabs

Paleo Kofta Kebabs ! Paleo lamb kebab skewers with tons of fresh herbs and spices in dairy free Tzatziki inspired tahini dipping sauce. Perfect holiday and grill recipe. Keto and Whole30 friendly. Follow the recipe to make these delicious and nutritious skewers !  
Course Main Dish
Cuisine Mediterranean
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 7 minutes
Total Time 37 minutes
Servings 10 7 1/2-inch skewers
Calories 198kcal
Author ChihYu

Ingredients

  • 1 lb. ground lamb 77% lean, 22% fat or higher fat ratio to keep the meat tender
  • 10-12 7 ½ inch skewers pre-soak in water before grilling

Optional sides:

  • 1 large ripe tomato sliced
  • Mixed greens
  • About half of one whole lemon slice to wedges for serving use

Seasonings:

  • 3-4 large garlic cloves crushed
  • ½ cup fresh parsley finely chopped
  • 2 large shallots finely chopped
  • 1 to 1 ½ tsp coarse salt
  • 1 tsp ground cumin powder
  • 1 tsp ground coriander powder
  • 1 tsp sumac
  • ½ tsp smoked paprika
  • ¼ tsp dried red chili pepper optional
  • 1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil

Tahini dipping sauce:

  • cup tahini paste
  • cup water or more for thinner consistency
  • 2 small garlic cloves crushed or grated
  • ¼ to ½ tsp fine sea salt
  • Half to one whole lemon juice to taste

Instructions

  • Mix ground lamb with ingredients under “seasonings”. Gently mix them well but do not overwork the meat. Divide them roughly to about 10 parts to form individual meat skewers.*
  • Grab 1 part of the ground meat and form a round meatball shape then flatten it over your palm and place one skewer in the center. Gently squeeze and shape the meat over skewers to make cylinder shape and use your thumb to slightly flatten the meat over skewers so that the meat will cook evenly and be more delicious. Set the skewers over a large flat plate or store in the fridge cover with clear wrap until ready to use.*
  • Preheat a large skillet over medium/medium-low heat until hot (but not to a smoking point), then add cooking fat of your choice. Swirl the oil in the skillet so the oil is distributed evenly. Add skewers and grill over medium heat. First side about 4 minutes and carefully flip to cook additional 3 minutes for the flip side. Cook in batches so to not overcrowd the skillet.
  • Serve immediately while the skewers are hot (this will be more tasty and the meat will be less dry tasting particularly if the fat to lean meat ratio isn't as high in your ground meat) with chilled tahini sauce and topping of your choice (sliced tomatoes, mixed greens ...etc.)

Notes

*Before making the skewers, take one small portion and pan-fry the ground meat to taste if more seasonings or salt is needed to your preference.
 
*If making ahead and not grilling the skewers until next day, finish steps 1 and 2 and gently wrap them over parchment paper and store flat in large ziplock bags and store in the freezer. Defrost in the fridge overnight before grilling.
 
*The cooking time indicates per skewer cooking time (4 mins + 3 mins on the flip side). Please adjust cooking time based on the meat quantity per skewer. 

Nutrition

Calories: 198kcal | Carbohydrates: 3g | Protein: 9g | Fat: 16g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 33mg | Sodium: 325mg | Potassium: 207mg | Vitamin A: 8.5% | Vitamin C: 8.7% | Calcium: 3% | Iron: 8.4%