Aunt Rose’s Armenian Shish Kebab

Aunt Rose’s Armenian Shish Kebab







PRINT Aunt Rose’s Armenian Shish Kebab

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Serves: 4


  • 3 lb leg of lamb – have butcher remove leg bone and fat and cut into 2 inch cubes (for beef kebabs, use 2 lbs top sirloin cut into 2 inch cubes)
  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • 1 cup burgundy or red table wine
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • ¼ cup chopped cilantro (or Italian parsley)
  • 2 medium onions, minced
  • 2 teaspoons coarse black pepper
  • 2 teaspoons salt


In a large bowl, whisk together the olive oil, wine, lemon juice, cilantro, minced onion, salt and pepper.

Add the cubed meat and toss to coat. Pour into a re-sealable bag and marinate in the refrigerator for 8-24 hours. Mix contents of bag occasionally.

Thread meat onto skewers and grill for 8-10 minutes or broil on top rack in oven for 20 minutes, turning often. Serve hot with rice pilaf.

Marinade recipe courtesy of our dear Aunt, Rose Simonian Ericsson.

(Thank you Aunt Rose. We love you!)






For our Launch Party we infused our kebabs with a little American flair and served a “meat and potatoes” version! For these delicious kebabs we boiled petite, ruby red potatoes in salted water, until tender. Tossed them with extra virgin olive oil, chopped cilantro, salt and freshly cracked pepper and let them marinate in gallon size re-sealable bags, overnight. The morning of the party we assembled our kebabs interchanging the meat and potatoes (3 cubes of meat & 2 potatoes on each) and grilled them on a gas BBQ for about 12-15 minutes, turning frequently.

Remember to soak your wooden skewers in a large bowl of water overnight, so they wont catch fire while cooking.

Prior to skewering the meat and potatoes; pour the contents of each bag into separate bowls being sure to redistribute the solid particles in the marinades, back over the meat and potatoes. The meat will look so yummy covered in bits of onion and cilantro and the glistening potatoes with cracked pepper and cilantro. YUM!

Petite ruby red potatoes can be found in your fine grocery stores’ produce dept. They come in 28 ounce, cellophane bags.

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