Lamb Souvlaki (Greek Lamb Skewers)

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Souvlaki aka meat skewers is one of the most popular dishes in Greece. This delicious meal is very simple to prepare and you will only need a few ingredients: meat, olive oil, lemon and herbs. I prefer lamb or pork but you can use beef, chicken or even turkey. The best thing about meat is that is is virtually zero-carb and keeps you sated for longer!

You can serve Souvlaki with salads such as Greek salad or Melitzanosalata, a recipe I posted on my blog recently.

There are several recipes in my apps and book that go great with Souvlaki (Tzatziki, Mediterranean salad, Low-carb Caponata, Tomato & mozzarella salad and many other).


Nutritional values (per serving)

1.1 grams 0.41 grams 35.9 grams 47.5 grams 18.3 grams 583 calories
Total Carbs1.5grams
Net Carbs1.1grams
of which Saturated18.3grams
Energy (calories)583kcal
Magnesium45.3mg (11% RDA)
Potassium630mg (32% EMR)

Macronutrient ratio: Calories from carbs (0.74%), protein (24.9%), fat (74.3%)

Ingredients (make 4 servings)

  • 1.8 lb / 0.8 kg lamb leg or shoulder, boneless ( 800g / 28.2 oz)
  • handful chopped mint, fresh (or less if dried)
  • 2 tbsp chopped rosemary, fresh (or less if dried)
  • 1 lemon, juiced
  • ½ cup extra virgin olive oil (60 ml / 2 fl oz)
  • ½ tsp salt (I used pink Himalayan) or to taste

Note: Only ½ of the oil is contributes to the nutrition values, as most is used for marinating. When looking for ingredients, try to get them in their most natural form (organic, without unnecessary additives). If you prefer to use pork, opt for outdoor reared pork and avoid farmed pork.


  1. Dice the meat into medium-sized pieces.
  2. Place in a bowl and add extra virgin olive oil and freshly juiced lemon. Finely chop the mint and rosemary and add to the bowl. Season with salt and mix well to cover the meat in the oil mixture on all sides. Place in the fridge for 4-8 hours or overnight. Mix once or twice to avoid drying. The longer you marinate it, the better.
  3. Preheat the oven to 230 C / 450 F. Pierce the skewers through each meat cube and place them on a rack and in the oven.
  4. After 10-15 minutes, turn each of the skewers on the other side and cook for another 5-10 minutes.
  5. When crispy and browned, remove from the oven and let them cool down.
  6. Serve immediately with Melitzanosalata or fresh vegetable salad.
    Enjoy! :-)

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Comments (8)

So beautiful, great for summer BBQ! Smile


Thank you Hayley! Yes, it's great for bbq Smile


Now this is my kind of dinner! I often make the pork skewers from your app and have to try these for a change. I'm lucky enough to live near a farm and get fresh grass-fed meat!


Thank you Tim, you're very lucky!


I love those photos they make me drool!!! Smile


Thank you Elisa!


I love Greek food and I can't wait to get back to Greece this summer. At least you brought some sun on my plate for now! Thanks Smile


Thank you Kat! My partner is Greek so we have Greek food quite often Smile


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