Grilled Leg of Lamb Shawarma


Prep Time : 30 MIN (plus overnight chill time)
Total Cooking Time: 2 HR 45 MIN
Serves: 6 - 8



This grilled lamb feeds a crowd. Slice it up and serve on grilled flatbread with dilled yogurt and cucumbers.

From Food & Wine Magazine



  • 1 head of garlic, top fourth cut off
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, plus more for drizzling
  • Finely grated zest and juice of 2 lemons
  • 1 teaspoon sweet paprika
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon ground coriander
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • Kosher salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • One butterflied leg of lamb
  • Grilled flatbread, Plain yogurt mixed with dill, & Sliced cucumbers, for serving


Step 1    

Preheat the oven to 350°. Drizzle head of garlic with olive oil, wrap in a double layer of foil and bake for about 1 hour and 15 minutes, or until very soft.

Step 2    

Squeeze out the garlic cloves into a bowl and mash with a fork. Stir in lemon zest, lemon juice, paprika, cumin, coriander, cinnamon and the 2 tablespoons of olive oil. Add 1 teaspoon of salt and 1/2 teaspoon of black pepper.

Step 3    

Lay the lamb on a work surface and make 1/2-inch-deep slits all over the meat. Transfer the lamb to a rimmed baking sheet and spread the spice paste all over, rubbing it into the meat. Cover and refrigerate overnight.

Step 4    

Light a grill. Bring the lamb to room temperature and season with salt and pepper. Grill the lamb fat side down over moderately high heat until charred, about 20 minutes. Turn the lamb and grill for about 20 minutes longer, until an instant-read thermometer inserted in the thickest part registers 130° for medium meat. Transfer the lamb to a work surface to rest for about 15 minutes.

Step 5    

Carve the lamb into thin slices and serve it with grilled flatbread, dilled yogurt and sliced cucumbers.