Home-made doner kebab

Home-made doner kebab
The kebab is a way of cooking meat that originated in the Middle East (the word means grill or grilled meat in different languages). The doner kebab is made up of slices of meat skewered and grilled vertically. The Turkish version is traditionally served with a yogurt and herb sauce in bread and/or with chips; the Greek version is served with salad in pitta bread. Here's how to make one yourself if your oven has both a grill and a rotisserie.
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Last modified on: May 20th 2015

Keywords for this recipe:KebabMeatGrilledVerticallyMiddle east

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Step by step recipe

Stage 1 - 5 min.
Home-made doner kebab : Photo of step #1
Prepare a marinade by mixing 5 tablespoons olive oil, 2 bayleaves, 2 cloves garlic, 1 tablespoon spices for couscous*, salt and pepper.

(* see below)

Stage 2 - 2 hours
Home-made doner kebab : Photo of step #2
Cut 800 g beef into small, fairly thin (about ½ cm or ¼ inch slices).

Put the sliced meat in the marinade, stir to mix well, cover with plastic film and leave in the fridge for 2 hours or overnight.

Stage 3 - 5 min.
Home-made doner kebab : Photo of step #3
After this, skewer the meat onto the rotisserie skewer from your oven, laying the slices flat against each other.

Stage 4 - 1 min.
Home-made doner kebab : Photo of step #4
Fit the rotisserie back in the oven and cook under the grill on medium heat.

Stage 5 - 5 min.
Home-made doner kebab : Photo of step #5
Meanwhile, prepare the yoghurt sauce by mixing 300 g Greek yoghurt, parsley, fresh coriander (cilantro) , 1 tablespoon lemon juice, 1 garlic clove, salt and pepper.

Stage 6 - 15 min.
Home-made doner kebab : Photo of step #6
Check that the meat is well cooked on the outside.

Stage 7 - 1 min.
Home-made doner kebab : Photo of step #7
Take the skewer out of the oven and slice the meat off downwards, turning the skewer as you cut. The meat will fall onto the worktop.

If you have used large pieces of meat, you will find the meat is not cooked well enough as you cut towards the middle: coat what is left on the skewer with marinade using a brush and put it back in the oven until the outside is well done again, and so on in stages. This is the principle of the doner kebab.

Stage 8
Home-made doner kebab : Photo of step #8
Serve with chips and yoghurt sauce, either on a plate or in a burger bun or a pitta bread.


Use whatever meat you prefer. Traditionally, lamb is the most usual (I used beef in the photos), and you can even mix different kinds of meat.

If you can't find a ready-made mix of couscous spices, you can make your own from: cumin, coriander (ground), cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, cardamom and turmeric. Paprika, cloves and caraway are also sometimes used.


Once cooked, a few minutes.

Nutritional information

Whole recipe
Energetic valueProteins CarbohydratesFats
3,021 Kcal or 12,648 Kj147 gr21 gr261 gr
151 %57 %2 %40 %
Per 100 g
Energetic valueProteins CarbohydratesFats
244 Kcal or 1,022 Kj12 gr2 gr21 gr
12 %5 %<1 %3 %
Per person
Energetic valueProteins CarbohydratesFats
503 Kcal or 2,106 Kj25 gr4 gr43 gr
25 %9 %<1 %7 %
% are calculated relative to a Recommended Dietary Intake or RDI of 2000 k-calories or 8400 k-joules by day for a woman (change to a man).

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