7 Middle Eastern Recipes You Need to Make if You Love Lamb

Are you a fan of lamb? That puts you in a minority in the United States, where we eat just 0.7 pounds of lamb annually per capita. But in the Middle East, lamb is the preferred protein, with a long history and many recipes to recommend it. Read on for some easy and tasty Middle Eastern recipes with lamb and see what you are missing.

We offer three types of lamb at dartagnan.com – explore your options and make lamb for dinner.

1. Lamb Meatballs with Harissa-Yogurt Sauce

This baked lamb meatball recipe comes together quickly with no oil spatters!  The pleasing crust and tender center are complemented by a creamy harissa-spiked yogurt.


2. Turkish-Style Lamb Flatbread

What is pide? Pronounced almost like pita, this Turkish-style boat-shaped flatbread is traditionally baked in a brick or stone oven, much like a pizza. A classic comfort food, pide can be topped with cheese, onions, sausage, eggs, mushrooms, beef, or in this case, lamb and feta. It makes a delectable lunch, dinner, or party appetizer.


3. Shawarma Spiced Lamb Loin

Do you love shawarma? Recreate the magic at home with our easy lamb loin recipe. Rubbed with Middle Eastern-style spices, this lamb can be served over rice, salad, or in a warm pita with tabbouleh, tahini, and pickled vegetables.


4. Grilled Greek-Style Lamb Burgers

Our grilled lamb burgers are packed with flavor from fresh herbs, feta, tomato jam, and a balsamic glaze. So easy to make, they’re a great alternative to basic beef burgers.


5. Lamb Shank Tagine with Sweet Dates & Pomegranate

Adapted from a recipe by David Tanis, these slow-cooked lamb shanks are beautifully spiced and spoon-tender. Dates give some body and sweetness to the sauce while fresh pomegranate pips add lift. Our recipe offers options for cooking in either a Dutch oven or traditional tagine.


6. Spiced Lamb Kofta Kebabs

A favorite street food, kofta kebabs are classic Middle Eastern fare. Make our spiced ground lamb kebabs in just minutes on the grill or in a cast iron pan. They’re delicious on pita with a little herbed yogurt and cool, crisp veggies.

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7. Moroccan Spiced Lamb Chops with Harissa

Our Moroccan-style lamb chop recipe uses a flavorful spice rub and a generous drizzle of spicy harissa. This North Africa sauce is packed with roasted red peppers and a variety of chile peppers that create varying degrees of heat. Choose the right size rack of lamb for your party and try this tasty recipe.

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What is your favorite Middle Eastern recipe? Does it feature lamb? Tell us in the comments.

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