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Cumin Lamb Skewers Recipe ("Yang Rou Chuan")

Lamb Skewers with Cumin and Chili, they are absolutely amazing and delish.

Course Side Dish
Cuisine Chinese
Keyword Cumin Lamb Skewers
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 8 minutes
Total Time 28 minutes
Servings 8 sticks
Calories 142 kcal



  • 1 lb boneless lamb shoulder, cut meat into 1-inch cubes, 1/2-inch x 1/2-inch in diameters
  • Ground cumin and chili powder mix, dust on lamb skewers before serving, (optional)
  • Bamboo skewers, soaked in water for at least 30 minutes

Spice Marinade:

  • 1/3 cup peanut oil or cooking oil
  • 2 tablespoons tablespoons ground cumin
  • 2/3 tablespoons chili powder
  • 1 tablespoon Spice Mix, ground: cumin, coriander and fennel seeds powder
  • 1/4-1/2 teaspoon Szechuan peppercorns, crushed, (optional)
  • 2/3 teaspoons salt
  • 2 teaspoons garlic powder or 2 cloves garlic, peeled and minced


  1. Prepare the Spice Marinade. In a bowl, mix all the Spice Marinade ingredients. Marinate lamb cubes for at least 2 hours or overnight.

  2. Thread the marinated lamb cubes onto skewers (3-5 cubes per stick, depending how long the skewer is).

  3. Preheat the grill for 10 minutes. Set the lamb skewers onto the grill rack. Grill lamb skewers for 3-4 minutes on each side, or until meat is completely cooked. Remove lamb skewers from griller. Dust the lamb skewers with Spice Mix (optional) and ready to serve as is, with beer and/or a salad.

Recipe Notes

For the Spice Mix, you need 1 tablespoonful in total, with the combination of cumin, coriander and fennel. The ratio depends on you. For this recipe, I used 1 part cumin, 1/2 part coriander and 1/2 part fennel and sums up to 1 tablespoonful of Spice Mix.

Nutrition Facts
Cumin Lamb Skewers Recipe ("Yang Rou Chuan")
Amount Per Serving (8 sticks)
Calories 142 Calories from Fat 99
% Daily Value*
Fat 11g17%
Saturated Fat 2g13%
Cholesterol 23mg8%
Sodium 233mg10%
Potassium 175mg5%
Carbohydrates 3g1%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 1g1%
Protein 8g16%
Vitamin A 250IU5%
Vitamin C 0.1mg0%
Calcium 50mg5%
Iron 2.4mg13%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.