Cooking minced/ground lamb is extremely quick, easy, and economical.

You’ll love these QUICK keto lamb kebabs for your BBQ, oven, and even your air fryer. Only 1.3g net carbs … with coconut curry dipping sauce.

Such an incredibly simple recipe that’s also low carb, gluten-free, dairy-free, and Whole30.

keto lamb kebabs with curry sauce in a white bowl

Are there carbs in lamb?

There are zero carbs in lamb meat. Lamb is perfect whether you are following a low-carb diet, keto diet or carnivore diet.

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Meat is delicious and high in protein. Those who follow a low fat diet miss out on the tender delicious succulent flavors that the fat brings. However, we do no advocate excessive fat.

It’s a myth of living low-carb or keto that we eat, drink and add fat to every meal. Enjoy the fat that comes with the meat, adding excessive fat is where I see most people stop their weight loss efforts in Ditch The Carbs PRO.

If you are unsure of how many carbs per day, how much protein and fat to consume, you need to use my macro calculator.

What is a kebab or kabob?

American’s say kabob while Bristish says kebab. Some people and some cultures may have their own version, but generally speaking a kebab, kebob, or a kofta is various types of meat, fish, or vegetables roasted on a skewer or spit. They can be pieces of meat, cubed vegetables, sliced or ground.

Lamb kofta or lamb kebab?

What’s the difference between a lamb kofta and a lamb kebab? They are both traditionally made with ground meat mixed with herbs and spices then shaped into meatballs or meat skewers.

A kofta is cooked and served with a gravy or vegetable sauce. Kebabs are the dry version of a kofta. So these are lamb kebabs, not lamb koftas.

What type of meat can you use to make kebabs and koftas?

You can use any type of ground meat (minced meat) such as ground beef, ground lamb, turkey, chicken and there are even recipes that use ground fish.

Can you make vegetable kebabs?

Yes, vegetable kebabs are often made with ground (or sliced) vegetables, beans, pulses, and mixed with rice and eggs to make a smooth paste then rolled into balls or sausage shapes.

If you want a low-carb version of a kofta or kebab, you could mix the ground vegetables with an egg and almond flour instead of rice. Rice will raise your blood glucose so it is something you need to be aware of when on the low-carb or keto diet.

How many carbs and calories are there in kebabs?

The nutrition panel has been calculated to include the curried coconut dipping sauce. The nutrition panel shows the nutrition for 1 kebab and curry sauce. The recipe makes 12. Multiply by the number of keto kebabs you eat.

1 keto lamb kebab with curry sauce = 1.3g net carbs, 12g protein, 23g fat, 261 calories.

To reduce the carbs even further, you may omit the coconut curry sauce and then the kebabs would be almost negligible carbs.

How to cook kebabs

keto lamb kebabs cooking in a frying pan
Cooking kebabs in the frying pan

Cooking keto lamb kebabs is quick and easy. They can be cooked in the oven, grilled on the BBQ, the frying pan, or cooked in your air fryer.

How to cook kebabs in the oven

Place all your prepared kebabs onto an oiled baking tray/sheet pan or a wire tray sitting on top of a sheet pan. Using a sheet pan will help collect all the juices and fat that are rendered out during the cooking process.

Turn once during cooking. Cook until browned and completely cooked into the center of each kebob.

How to cook kebabs on the BBQ and grill

keto lamb kebabs cooking on the BBQ grill
Cooking kebabs on the BBQ grill

Begin by brushing your favorite cooking oil onto the BBQ grill. Place all your meat kebobs onto the BBQ. As the juices and fat that are rendered out during the cooking process drip on the gas or hot charcoal, you will get that authentic smoked flavor onto your keto lamb kebabs.

Cook until browned, you can see grill marks and they are completely cooked into the center of each kebob. Turn each time you can see a kebob starting to become chargrilled.

How to cook kebabs in the air fryer

Cooking keto lamb kebabs in your air fryer will save you time and air frying helps to retain the moisture. Your lamb kebobs will remain tender, juicy, and succulent.

Exactly how you cook them however will depend on which air fryer you have. If you have a rotisserie air fryer, it often comes with a kebob rotator gadget.

If you have a basket or oven-type air fryer, make sure your kebabs are short enough to not scratch the basket or oven. Remember to soak wooden skewers well to prevent them from burning.

Using an air fryer to cook kebobs is a quick and easy mid-week dinner or cheats BBQ.

  1. Preheat to 190C/375F.
  2. Spray the wire basket with cooking oil.
  3. Gently place each kebab/kebob onto the oiled basket. Ensure there is plenty of space between them.
  4. Cook for 10 minutes, open the drawer and turn each kebab.
  5. Cook for a further 5-10 minutes, depending on the size of kebabs being cooked. Cook until the outside his charred and the inside is tender. The ground lamb (or other type of meat) must be completely cooked into the centre of each piece.

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Ingredients

You’ve probably got all the ingredients for the keto curry sauce in your pantry right now. I even make this simple sauce occasionally instead of mayonnaise to pour over a salad.

The coconut curry dipping sauce is simply delicious. But make sure you make enough because everyone loves to add it to the rest of their meal once the kebabs are gone.

Lamb kebabs ingredients

  • Ground lamb – minced lamb. Any ground meat will work such as ground beef, ground turkey and minced chicken.
  • Spring onion – green onion or scallion adds a punch of flavor to the keto kebabs.
  • Cumin – add more or less to your liking and preferences.
  • Coriander/cilantro – this can be omitted if you are alleegic or don’t like, the tatse of cilantro.
  • Turmeric powder – adds colour and an earthy flavor.
  • Seasoning – if desired and add to your preferences.

Keto curry sauce ingredients

  • Coconut cream – do not buy the coconut milk. The keto curry sauce needs ot be high fat to make a cream and soft dipping sauce. if you only have coconut cream in your pantry, place it in the frige for 30 minutes and scoop out the cream that floats to the top as it separates.
  • Curry powder – or use your favourite curry paste.
  • Seasoning – if desired and add to your preferences.

How to make homemade kebabs

1: Soak your skewers in water for 20 minutes – this helps to prevent the ground lamb from sticking to the skewer or burning on a BBQ grill. If you are trying to cut back on single-use items, you can use metal reusable skewers.

2: Make your lamb kebab meat mixture – place the ground lamb into a large mixing bowl. Add the spices and seasonings. Mix until the spices are uniformly distributed.

3: Shape your ground meat – into meatball or sausage shapes. Thread each wooden skewer or metal skewer into the center of the meat.

raw keto lamb kebabs on a plate
Roll or shape into sausage shapes

The trick to making the mince/ground lamb to stick to the kebabs is to form a sausage shape firmly with your hands first, then push the bamboo skewer into the center.

Lamb kebabs rolled around bamboo skewers
Keto lamb kebabs with bamboo skewers

Storage

Can you make kebabs ahead of time?

Yes, you can make these kebabs ahead of time. Prepare the skewers as shown then place them in an airtight container in the fridge for 24 hours. Cook on the day that you need them then keep in the fridge, cooked, covered, for up to 3 days.

Can you freeze lamb kebabs?

Yes, you can freeze COOKED keto lamb kebobs in an airtight container for up to 2 months. To defrost, leave the kebobs out on the kitchen countertop, covered, for 1 hour. When they are completely defrosted, reheat in the oven, grill, BBQ, microwave or air fryer

Sides

Kebabs, koftas, and kebobs are traditionally served with rice, pitta bread, and often, sweet sauces.

But to stay within your daily carb limit, you can enjoy these with coconut cauliflower rice, cauliflower couscous, mixed salad, spaghetti squash, garlic bread, or a tortilla wrap and you have the most nutritious dinner.

This will soon become a family favorite.

keto lamb kebabs with curry sauce in a white bowl

Keto Lamb Kebabs Recipe (With Coconut Curry Dipping Sauce)

Keto lamb kebabs with coconut curry dipping sauce can be cooked in the frying pan, in the oven, air fryer or even on the bbq in the summer. Kids love eating dinner from a stick, so let them go for it!
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Course: Dinner, Lunch, Lunch boxes
Cuisine: Dairy Free, Gluten Free, Grain free, Keto, LCHF, Low Carb, No Sugars, Paleo, Wheat Free
Keyword: Keto lamb kebabs
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
Servings: 12
Calories: 261.6kcal
Author: Thinlicious.com
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Ingredients
 
 

Lamb Kebabs

  • 800 g ground/minced lamb
  • 1 spring onion/scallion finely sliced
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 tsp ground coriander/cilantro
  • 1 tsp turmeric powder

Coconut Curry Dipping Sauce

  • 250 ml coconut cream
  • 2 tbsp curry paste/powder to taste
  • 12 bamboo or metal skewers

Instructions

Lamb Kebabs

  • Mix all the ingredients together with your hands and form into 12 long kebab shapes.
  • Gently push the skewer into the kebab and press firmly.
  • They can be cooked by shallow frying, baked in the oven or on the barbecue for 10-15 minutes.

Coconut Curry Dipping Sauce

  • Mix the curry paste/powder with the coconut cream. Serve on the side or drizzled across the lamb kebabs.
  • Serve with cauliflower rice.

Notes

The nutrition panel shows the nutrition for 1 kebab and curry sauce. The recipe makes 12. Multiply by the number of keto kebabs you eat.

Nutrition

Serving: 1kebab (makes 12)Calories: 261.6kcalCarbohydrates: 2.2gProtein: 12gFat: 23gSodium: 41.2mgPotassium: 241.8mgFiber: 0.9gSugar: 0.1gVitamin A: 22.6IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 20.5mgIron: 2mg
keto lamb kebabs with curry sauce in a white plate
Succulent k lamb kebabs (lamb kebobs)

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What do you like to serve with your kebabs (or do you call them kebobs or koftas?)

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21 Comments

  1. Lila Vagana says:

    Yum I’m going to try it with my beef mince left out for tonight.

  2. At what temperature (F) should I bake this at?

      1. I have made these at least one a week for the last month and they are omg so delicious!

        For the record I once made meatballs instead of kebabs and while they tasted just as good and cooked for the same duration, they were more time consuming to make (rolling the balls). I have since kept it simple; roll into kebabs and skip the skewers, bake in oven. I serve them with a side of sauteed zucchini sticks.

        Thank you for sharing!

  3. Thanks this sounds so easy. Thought I will make the mince into balls with the sauce doubled & poured over. What do you think?

      1. I love Claire’s idea of meatballs! How about all of that in the slow cooker (I can’t help but imagine, a nice sticky sauce on those meatballs at the end – YUM!)?

  4. Bingo. Bingo. Bingo. Jackpot. We ordered a lamb last fall. Loved the chops and shanks, etc. But the minced meat I do not like. Made me miss my ground beef. But this! I know the whole family is going to LOVE this recipe! I am so excited! I will try this hopefully this week and report back!

      1. I will try those next. I love our deep freeze. Helps SO much. Everyone enjoyed this recipe! I have a child who doesn’t like the idea of eating lamb, but she liked these and ate them! My sausage shapes did not look as nice and slender as yours. More fat and plump-like. I like spices, so I did double the spice content and added some salt and pepper. Definitely a recipe I’ll go to for future ground lamb. Highly recommended for non-lamb likers who have to eat lamb. 🙂

  5. Enjoyed these tonight, served with a shredded white cabbage and carrot salad. And a chilli satay sauce with peanut.

  6. I absolutely love this recipe! Lamb is my favourite meat and anything with mince is a winner. I also have fallen in love with Cauliflower Rice since starting LCHF, I used to eat brown rice but couldn’t believe how good cauliflower rice is and it soaks up sauce/cooking juices nicely which is what I was missing about rice. I also love your idea for the curry sauce, it’s so easy and simple and with the different types of Thai and Indian curry pastes available you can vary it up really easily. I used an Indian Rogan Josh curry paste, which is perfect for lamb. But also would like to try a hotter curry paste like Thai Red 🙂

  7. Mujahidah says:

    I love this recipe and love your site. Thanks

  8. Does coconut milk work for the sauce rather than coconut cream? I’m guessing it would be a thinner consistency, right?

  9. Linda Rogers says:

    Whets the measurements god the ingredients???