Lamb Souvlaki

In this updated classic, lamb is marinated in lemon, rosemary, and oregano and grilled on skewers, then served with a tart tomato relish and peppery marinated feta.

  • Servings: 8
Lamb Souvlaki

Photography: Kate Sears

Source: Martha Stewart Living, August 2007


For the Kebabs

  • 2/3 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1/3 cup fresh lemon juice (from about 2 lemons)
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh rosemary
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh oregano
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 boneless leg of lamb (about 2 1/2 pounds), cut into 1- to 1 1/2-inch pieces
  • 2 red onions, cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 1 lemon, cut into 8 wedges
  • Coarse salt and freshly ground pepper, to taste
  • 8 whole pitas

For the Tomato Relish

  • 3 tomatoes, halved
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil, plus more for brushing tomatoes
  • Coarse salt
  • 2 tablespoons minced shallot
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 3 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • Pinch of cayenne pepper

For the Marinated Feta

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 thin strip (3 inches long) lemon zest
  • 2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon fresh dill
  • 1 teaspoon whole pink peppercorns
  • 1/4 teaspoon black peppercorns, crushed
  • 1/2 teaspoon red-pepper flakes
  • 1 pound Greek feta, thinly sliced


  1. For the kebabs: Combine oil, lemon juice, herbs, and garlic. Combine marinade and lamb. Cover, and refrigerate for at least 4 hours (preferably overnight).

  2. Make the tomato relish: Preheat grill to medium-high. (If you are using a charcoal grill, coals are ready when you can hold your hand 5 inches above grill for just 3 or 4 seconds.) Brush tomatoes with oil, and season with salt. Grill until charred and softened, about 5 minutes per side. Coarsely chop, then place in a sieve set over a bowl. Let drain for 10 minutes. Discard liquid.

  3. Heat oil in a saucepan over medium heat. Cook shallot until translucent, 3 to 4 minutes. Add water and sugar, and simmer until liquid has reduced by half. Add tomatoes and vinegar, and cook for 2 minutes. Stir in 1/2 teaspoon salt and the cayenne. Let cool.

  4. Make the marinated feta: Combine oil, lemon zest and juice, dill, pink and black peppercorns, and red-pepper flakes in a nonreactive dish. Add feta, and turn to coat. Marinate until ready to serve (no longer than 1 hour or cheese will begin to break down).

  5. Thread lamb and onions onto 8 skewers, alternating. Thread a lemon wedge onto one end of each skewer. Season with salt and pepper. Grill until a meat thermometer inserted into lamb registers 130 degrees for medium-rare and onions and lemons are caramelized, about 5 minutes per side. To serve, place each kebab on top of a whole pita, pull out the skewer, and top lamb with relish. Crumble feta over top.


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