Here’s a kebab recipe for your next summer dinner party. Lamb and figs are seasoned with garlic and cumin, threaded onto skewers and grilled. As they cook, they're brushed with a sweet, spicy, minty glaze.
Delicate sweet fresh figs and charred rich grilled lamb are a match made in heaven. The spicy minty glaze takes this dish over the top.
This is one of my longtime favorite grilling recipes for spring and summer entertaining. It's an easy and elegant dish made with fresh seasonal ingredients and the flavors are outrageously delicious.
All the credit for this recipe goes to Chef Chris Schlesinger and Epicurious. I've made only minor modifications to the recipe since I first discovered it ten years go.
I reduced the salt and increased the cumin. I made the lamb cubes a bit larger because I find they're juicier that way. I added green onions because I love the flavor and they go really well with grilled lamb and figs. Also, I like the way the kebabs look with bits of green and white to break up the brown color of the grilled lamb and figs.
How to Make These Lamb and Fig Skewers
This recipe has 4 steps:
- Make the glaze
- Season the lamb and figs
- Assemble the kebabs
- Grill the skewers, brushing them with glaze as they cook
Make the glaze
Add apricot preserves, vinegar and red pepper flakes to a small saucepan and simmer until thick and jammy. When cool, stir in fresh chopped mint leaves. Set the glaze aside while you prepare the lamb skewers.
Season the lamb and figs
To a large mixing bowl, add the cubes of lamb, figs, olive oil, cumin, coriander, fresh garlic, salt and pepper. Toss gently to combine.
Assemble the Kebabs
Thread the lamb, figs and green onions onto eight long (~17 inch) skewers, alternating each ingredient.
Grill the Lamb Skewers
Heat the grill to high and grill the lamb skewers for about 4 minutes per side, brushing them with glaze towards the end of the grilling time.
What to Serve with Grilled Lamb and Fig Skewers
Rich spicy lamb calls out for a crunchy salad with citrusy dressing. I love to serve these lamb skewers with this Shirazi cucumber and tomato salad. Add some crumbled feta and chopped mint on top of the salad to amp it up even further since feta goes so well with lamb.
I also love basmati rice with this dish. If you want to get fancy, cook the rice and then toss it with a few tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil, a teaspoon or more of Maldon sea salt, and a few tablespoons of fresh chopped scallions and or herbs, such as parsley, mint or basil.
If your herb garden is overtaken with mint, as mine often is, you might want to consider making these minty frozen mojitos to accompany your grilled lamb and fig kebabs - an exciting fusion of spicy Mediterranean kebabs with a frosty Caribbean cocktail.
And if you love grilled figs as much as I do, you will adore this appetizer recipe, grilled figs, prosciutto and burrata.
Here's the grilled lamb and fig skewers recipe. If you make this dish, I hope you'll come back to leave a star rating and a comment. I'd love to know what you think.Print
This post was first published on May 16, 2017. It was updated on August 19, 2023 with new photos, added nutritional information, updated text and clearer recipe instructions.