Shawarma Lamb with Couscous Salad

Shawarma Lamb with Couscous SaladRecipe
Photo: Alex Farnum; Styling: Karen Shinto
Though this dish goes together in a hurry, the generous amount of spices makes it taste complex.


Serves 4
Total time: 30 Minutes

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Recipe Time

Total: 30 Minutes

Nutritional Information

Calories 613
Caloriesfromfat 41 %
Protein 46 g
Fat 28 g
Satfat 8.9 g
Carbohydrate 42 g
Fiber 4.2 g
Sodium 572 mg
Cholesterol 120 mg


1 cup reduced-sodium chicken broth
1 cup couscous
1 medium carrot, shredded
1/2 cup roughly chopped flat-leaf parsley
1/4 cup olive oil, divided
Zest and juice of 2 lemons, divided
1 large onion, thinly sliced
3 garlic cloves, thinly sliced
1 1/2 pounds top round lamb steak, thinly sliced
2 teaspoons ground cumin
1/2 teaspoon cayenne
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1 teaspoon pepper
1/2 cup Greek yogurt


1. Bring broth to a boil in a medium saucepan. Add couscous, cover tightly, remove from heat, and let sit 5 minutes. Uncover, fluff, and add carrot, parsley, 2 tbsp. oil, and zest and juice of 1 lemon.

2. Cook onion in remaining 2 tbsp. oil in a large frying pan over high heat until edges are charred, 10 to 12 minutes. Add garlic, lamb, cumin, cayenne, salt, and pepper; cook, stirring, until lamb is cooked through and browned, about 10 more minutes.

3. Divide couscous among 4 plates and top with lamb mixture. Mix yogurt with remaining lemon zest and juice and serve with lamb.

Note: Nutritional analysis is per serving.


In addition to the couscous, you can serve it with a salad of tomatoes, cucumbers, and feta cheese.