Cumin Lamb Skewers
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The first time we ever ate Cumin Lamb Skewers was in the San Gabriel Valley (SGV) in Los Angeles. The Mecca for amazing Chinese food in LA. This was no exception either. For the love of us I couldn’t tell you what the restaurants name was, or even if it is still there. Like many of the best Chinese restaurants, it was completely unassuming from the outside. Actually, it didn’t look too great on the inside either! However, one thing was for certain. The Cumin Lamb Skewers that were served up were phenomenal. This is our attempt to recreate that amazing dish

Cumin is such a beautiful spice. Used well it completely transforms and elevates a dish into something truly magical. It is quite a powerful spice too, so typically when it’s used as part of a dish it is used sparingly. Not in this case, however. Aggressive Cumin spicing is the name of the game for this dish. It is 100% the hero ingredient of this recipe. It is truly a celebration of Cumin

Cumin and Lamb

Cumin pairs exceptionally well with Lamb. For our Cumin Lamb Skewers we did test it on a few different cuts of Lamb. Lamb can be a challenging cut of meat at times given it can be quite fatty. It lends itself well to slow roasting, however this dish requires a quick stir fry. The best cut of Lamb for these Cumin Lamb Skewers is Lamb Backstrap. Tenderloin will also work very well, however for some added Lamb flavor – go with the Backstrap

This is a great dish to serve as an appetizer, or at a party. They of course don’t need to be served on a skewer however where’s the fun in that?! Food always tastes better when it’s on a skewer too!

Cumin Lamb Skewers close up
delicious Cumin Lamb Skewers topped with crunchy peanuts and scallions

Recipe Details


4 – 6 people

Prep time

15 minutes

Cooking time

10 minutes

Total time

25 minutes

Cumin Lamb Skewers Recipe


  • 2 lbs. Lamb Backstrap
  • 4 Garlic Cloves, finely chopped
  • ½ cup Soy Sauce
  • ¼ cup Chinese Vinegar
  • 1 Brown Onion, chopped into large pieces
  • 4 Garlic Cloves, finely chopped
  • 1 tsp. Sesame Oil
  • 1 tbsp. Cumin Powder
  • 1 tsp. Cumin Seeds
  • 1 tbsp. Honey
  • 1 tbsp. Peanuts, roughly chopped
  • 1 tsp. Scallions, chopped
  • 1 tsp. Olive Oil
  • ½ tsp. Salt


  1. Trim any excess fat and silver skin off the Lamb, then cut into 1 inch cubes
  2. Combine the Soy Sauce, Chinese Vinegar, Garlic, Sesame Oil, Cumin Powder, Cumin Seeds and Honey into a bowl. Mix thoroughly then add the Lamb
  3. Marinade the Lamb for a minimum of 2 hours, up to overnight. The longer you marinade, the richer the flavor will be. Ideally prepare the day prior for the best results
  4. When you are ready to cook, strain the Lamb well using a sieve, ensuring you capture all of the marinating liquid, as this will be used to make our glaze
  5. Heat the Olive Oil in a hot pan then add the Onions. Cook until tender and beginning to char, about 10 minutes. Set aside
  6. In the same hot pan add the Lamb. Cook for approximately 5 minutes, ensuring each side gets a good char. Remove Lamb from the heat once their internal temperature reads 125 degrees for medium rare. Set aside

To make the Glaze and Prepare the Skewers

  1. Add the marinade liquid into the same pan and cook on medium / high to reduce, stirring constantly. After 5-7 minutes the liquid will begin to thicken. At this point remove from heat. It will continue to thicken when cooling, so try to avoid over reducing it or the glaze will be difficult to apply
  2. Once cooled, place the Lamb and Onions on Skewers, alternating between each ingredient until full. Place back on the pan over high heat for 30 seconds, to re-heat and seer, then remove
  3. With a brush, apply a liberal amount of glaze to the skewers. Finish by sprinkling the Peanuts and Scallions on the top and serve immediately

We hope you enjoy our Cumin Lamb Skewers recipe. For more delicious appetizers, check out our appetizers and snacks page here and Happy Cooking!

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