Steve Screeton

Mastering the Art of Crafting the Perfect Turkish Kebab

Turkish cuisine is renowned for its rich flavours and diverse range of dishes, but one iconic dish that stands out is the mouthwatering Turkish kebab. This delectable combination of marinated meat, aromatic spices, and succulent vegetables creates a tantalizing explosion of flavours. In this article, we will delve into the secrets of creating the perfect Turkish kebab, including the key ingredients that make it so exceptional.

Ingredients: To create an authentic Turkish kebab, you will need the following ingredients:

  1. Meat:
  • 500 grams of boneless lamb, beef, or a combination of both. You can also use chicken or veal for variation.
  • Note: For the most tender and flavorful kebab, choose lean cuts of meat like leg or shoulder.
  1. Marinade:
  • 4 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons plain yoghurt
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon paprika
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon ground coriander
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  1. Vegetables (Optional):
  • 1 large onion, sliced
  • 1 large bell pepper, sliced
  • 1 large tomato, sliced
  1. Accompaniments:
  • Pita bread or lavash
  • Tzatziki sauce or garlic yoghurt sauce
  • Chopped parsley or cilantro
  • Sumac (a tangy spice)


  1. Preparing the Marinade:
    • In a mixing bowl, combine minced garlic, olive oil, yoghurt, tomato paste, lemon juice, paprika, cumin, coriander, oregano, salt, and pepper.
    • Whisk the ingredients together until well combined, creating a smooth marinade.
  2. Marinating the Meat:
    • Cut the meat into thin, long strips, about 1/2 inch wide.
    • Place the meat strips in a resealable bag or a bowl.
    • Pour the marinade over the meat, ensuring each piece is thoroughly coated.
    • Seal the bag or cover the bowl, and refrigerate for at least 2 hours or overnight for maximum flavour infusion.
  3. Grilling the Kebabs:
    • If using wooden skewers, soak them in water for about 30 minutes to prevent them from burning.
    • Preheat your grill or barbecue to medium-high heat.
    • Thread the marinated meat onto the skewers, alternating with sliced onions, bell peppers, and tomatoes if desired.
    • Place the kebabs on the grill, ensuring they are evenly spaced.
    • Grill for approximately 10-15 minutes, turning occasionally, until the meat is cooked through and slightly charred on the edges.
  4. Assembling and Serving:
    • Warm the pita bread or lavash on the grill for a few seconds on each side.
    • Remove the kebabs from the grill and carefully slide the meat off the skewers onto a plate.
    • Place a portion of the kebab meat on the warmed bread.
    • Drizzle tzatziki sauce or garlic yoghurt sauce over the meat.
    • Garnish with chopped parsley or cilantro and a sprinkle of sumac.
    • Fold the bread around the meat and enjoy the explosion of flavours!

Conclusion: By following this guide, you will be well on your way to mastering the art of creating the perfect Turkish kebab. The combination of the succulent marinated meat, aromatic spices, and fresh vegetables creates a harmonious symphony of flavours that will transport your taste buds straight to the bustling streets of Istanbul. Whether you’re grilling for friends and family or simply satisfying your own cravings, the Turkish kebab is a true delight that is sure to impress.

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Steve Screeton

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