Spicy Lamb and Eggplant Kabobs

Spicy Lamb Kabobs

Recipe by Jamie Purviance

Serves: 4 to 6 // Prep time: 20 minutes | Marinating time: 2 hours | Grilling time: about 8 minutes | Special equipment: twelve 10-inch metal or bamboo skewers



  • ½ cup minced scallions (white and light green parts only)
  • ⅓ cup hoisin sauce
  • 2 tablespoons low-sodium soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons dry sherry
  • 1 tablespoon chili oil
  • 1 tablespoon rice wine vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon peeled, minced fresh ginger
  • 1 tablespoon packed dark brown sugar
  • 1-½ teaspoons minced garlic
  • 1-½ pounds boneless leg of lamb, cut into 1¼-inch cubes
  • 1 globe eggplant, about 8 ounces, cut into 1¼-inch cubes
  • Kosher salt
  • Vegetable oil


  1. In a large bowl whisk the marinade ingredients. Add the lamb and turn to coat thoroughly. Cover and refrigerate for 2 hours.
  2. Prepare the grill for direct cooking over high heat (450° to 550°F).
  3. In a medium bowl combine the eggplant with ¼ teaspoon salt and just enough oil to coat them lightly.
  4. Add ½ teaspoon salt to the bowl with the lamb and stir. Remove the lamb from the bowl and discard the marinade. Thread the lamb and eggplant onto skewers, alternating the ingredients.
  5. Brush the cooking grates clean. Grill the skewers over direct high heat, with the lid closed as much as possible, until cooked to your desired doneness, about 8 minutes for medium rare, turning four times to brown all sides. Remove from the grill and season with salt. Serve warm.

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