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Persian Kabob

Persian Kabob

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This is how my mother-in-law was taught by her Persian mother-in-law to make kabob. We always grill onions, bell pepper, and tomatoes to go along with our meal. This is wonderful served with Persian rice and a cucumber salad.

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Original recipe yields 6 servings



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  • Calories:
  • 263 kcal
  • 13%
  • Fat:
  • 14.4 g
  • 22%
  • Carbs:
  • 4.4g
  • 1%
  • Protein:
  • 27.1 g
  • 54%
  • Cholesterol:
  • 83 mg
  • 28%
  • Sodium:
  • 84 mg
  • 3%

Based on a 2,000 calorie diet


  1. In a large bowl, mix the yogurt, onion, and mint. Place the beef cubes in the mixture. Cover, and marinate at least 6 hours in the refrigerator.
  2. Preheat an outdoor grill for high heat.
  3. Place the marinated beef cubes on skewers, and grill, turning occasionally, 15 minutes, or to desired doneness.
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Fantastic recipe! I added a few extras for my version; fresh mint instead of dried, a dash of lemon juice, pinch of coarse pepper, kosher salt, and a tablespoon of curry. Skewered with red onion, zucchini and summer squash.


It seems there are as many ways to cook this as there are cooks! I, too, added a little garlic and some sumac. Because mint is in the garden right now I used that. Guess I should dry some mint because we really liked this recipe and I will be making it again. It was the first time I marinated meat in yogurt. It was very good but the yogurt made it more difficult to determine when the meat was cooked as I usually use herbs and olive oil which browns up quickly. Thanks for the recipe. I served it with basmati rice with Persian seasoning, tzatziki and pita. Next time I will take your advice and grill some vegetables to round out the meal.


This is my family's all-time favorite thing for dinner! The yogurt tenderizes the meat. **The longer this marinates, even up to 48 hours, the better it will taste. Note to other reviews: For best results you need to use fresh meat and the better the cut, the better the kabob. It is supposed to be messy when you skewer the meat, I goop what remains in the bowl on the meat before grilling. The onion needs to be in tiny pieces for the best flavor.