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shashlik skewer over hot coals

Russian Shashlik Recipe (Шашлык)

Homemade Lamb or Beef Shish Kebab Skewers Marinated and Cooked Over a Charcoal Grill, like Souvlaki - Russian Shashlik Recipe (Шашлык)
Course Dinner, Main
Cuisine Central Asian, Georgian, Russian
Keyword lamb shashlik, lamb skewers, Russian Shashlik recipe, Shashlik recipe


  • 2 kg lamb cut into 2" cubes (shoulder or leg)
  • 4 bay leaves ripped in half
  • 4 medium onions sliced
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 2 teaspoons pepper to taste
  • 2 tbs oil
  • 1-½ cups of water Borjomi Mineral Water
  • hot paprika powder optional


  • In a large bowl, combine the lamb, sliced onions, bay leaves, salt, oil and water. Using your hands, mix them all together set aside in the fridge to marinate overnight. If in a hurry then for minimum 4 hours.
  • Thread the meat pieces onto metal skewers, about 6 per skewer, with any fat positioned towards the outside of the skewer.
  • Prepare the mangal. Place charcoals in the mangal, and light and allow to burn for about 30 minutes, or until the charcoal is all white. Your mangal is ready.
  • Place the skewers on the mangal and cook until the meat is cooked. The length of time is determined by the heat and height from the charcoal. Don't burn your meat! Keep turning the shashlik as it cooks, so it doesn't burn. I like to add hot paprika spice directly on the skewer for a spicy kick.