Leg of Lamb Shawarma

A featured Wine Club recipe for Valle de Inez Winery.
Leg of Lamb Shawarma


Try this special lamb shawarma recipe with the Merlot from your latest Gold Wine Club shipment!

Yield: 6 - 8
Prep Time: 35 Minutes
Cook Time: 55 Minutes


• 1/4 cup roasted garlic
• 2 Tbs extra-virgin olive oil, plus more for drizzling
• 2 lemons, zested and juiced
• 1 tsp sweet paprika
• 1 tsp ground cumin
• 1 tsp ground coriander
• 1/2 tsp cinnamon
• Kosher salt & black pepper
• 5 lbs leg of lamb, butterflied (ask your butcher to do this)
• Grilled flatbread, for serving
• Tzatziki, for serving
• Sliced cucumbers, for serving


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

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.

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-red thermometer inserted in the thickest part registers 130 degrees for medium. Transfer the lamb to a work surface to rest for about 15 minutes.

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

Recipe provided by Valle de Inez.