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Easy Lamb Kofta (Meatballs)

by Capri Lilly
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Lamb Kofta is a delightful blend of ground lamb seasoned with herbs,  garlic, onions, fresh parsley, cumin, and coriander. This super easy, healthy Mediterranean recipe will soon be your favorite!

overhead shot of lamb kofta meatballs in a cast iron served with baba ganoush sweet potato fries cilantro jalapeno hummus and flat bread all are in separate bowls or plates

Mediterranean cuisine is one of my favorites! I love the rich, dynamic flavors! Lately, I’ve been craving Mediterranean Food so I decided to get creative in the kitchen! I started by making Lamb Meatballs (Kofta) and ended up making an entire feast!

What is Lamb Kofta

Lamb Kofta is made from ground lamb mixed with delicious aromatics, like garlic, onion, and parsley, and savory seasonings like cumin and coriander. Most people shape them into balls or shape them around a skewer and grill them, but you can also make them in the oven, which is my preferred method. They pair perfectly with pita bread, salad, and lots of tasty dips.

Cilantro Jalapeno Hummus in a bowl with lamb kofta in a cast iron skillet sweet potato fries shown in top left corner

Ingredients You’ll Need To season Lamb Kofta:

  • Fresh Parsley (an absolute must)
  • Fresh Mint
  • Jalapeno (completely optional, I just love to give my food a hint of heat)
  • Onion
  • Garlic
  • Paprika
  • Coriander
  • Cumin
  • Ginger
  • Salt and Pepper
close up of seasoning mixture in a ramekin with ground lamb in a bowl with parley in the background

How to cook lamb kofta in the oven

The best and easiest way to make lamb kofta is in the oven. Simply form the seasoned lamb mixture into bite-sized balls and roast in the oven for 15-20 minutes! I like to make mine in a cast iron, mostly because it’s more aesthetic when serving. However, you can also simply use a baking sheet lined with parchment paper or aluminum foil.

If you do not want to bake the lamb kofta, you can always cook them on a grill pan, or outdoor grill (at medium-high heat) for 6-8 minutes on each side.

Whatever method you choose, be sure to use an instant-read thermometer to check if your meat is finished. It should have an internal temperature of at least 160°F.

Lamb kofta in a cast iron skillet before cooking
Lamb kofta before cooking

What to eat with Lamb Kofta

The thing about Mediterranean Food is you cannot skip out on the dips and sauces! It’s just as crucial as the Lamb Kofta, the chicken kabob, the shawarma, the falafel, or whatever else you’re having. Here are sides to serve with your lamb kofta:

overhead shot of lamb kofta meatballs in a cast iron served with baba ganoush sweet potato fries cilantro jalapeno hummus and flat bread all are in separate bowls or plates

I hope you enjoy this Lamb Kofta Recipe!  If you try the recipe, don’t forget to rate the recipe, and let me know what you think in the comments below! Take pictures, tag #goodfoodbaddie, and share them with me on Instagram and Pinterest! I love seeing my recipes come to life in your kitchen.

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Lamb Kofta (lamb meatballs)

Lamb Kofta is a delightful blend of ground lamb seasoned with herbs,  garlic, onions, fresh parsley, cumin, and coriander. This super easy, healthy Mediterranean recipe will soon be your favorite!
5 from 12 votes
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Course: Dinner, Main Course
Cuisine: Healthy Options, Mediterranean
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 6
Calories: 148kcal
Author: Capri Lilly

Ingredients

  • 1 lb Ground Lamb
  • 4 tbsp Fresh Parsley, chopped
  • 2 tbsp Fresh Mint, chopped
  • 1 Jalapeno, finely minced (optional)
  • 1/4 White Onion, chopped
  • 6 Garlic Cloves
  • 2 tsp Ground Cumin
  • 1 tsp Paprika
  • 1 tsp Coriander
  • 1/4 tsp Ground Ginger
  • 1/2 tsp Sea Salt
  • 1/4 tsp Freshly Ground pepper

Garnish

  • 2 tsp Fresh Parsley, chopped

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 375° Fahrenheit.
  • In a large bowl, combine the ground lamb with the chopped herbs, garlic, and seasonings. Mix well to make sure the ingredients are thoroughly combined.
  • Pour 1 tablespoon of olive oil into a large cast-iron (preferably), or parchment-lined baking sheet. Using a small scoop, take about 2 tablespoons of the lamb mixture, using your hands form it into a ball, and place them onto the cast iron. You should have about 18-20 meatballs.
  • Place the cast iron into the oven and bake the kofta for 15-20 minutes (or until they reach an internal temperature of 160°F), turning them half-way through to ensure even cooking.
  • Remove from the oven. Top with Fresh Parsley and serve!

Nutrition

Serving: 1g | Calories: 148kcal

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16 comments

Chloe January 25, 2021 - 7:32 pm

5 stars
I love greek food, these lamb koftas look delicious!

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Capri Lilly January 26, 2021 - 12:26 am

Thank you!

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Audrey January 25, 2021 - 10:49 pm

5 stars
So yummy!! The spices are perfect

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Capri Lilly January 26, 2021 - 12:24 am

Thanks Audrey! So glad you like!

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Jessica Stroup January 26, 2021 - 12:55 am

5 stars
These are so tasty! The whole family loved them!

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Capri Lilly January 26, 2021 - 4:54 am

Hi Jessica! I am happy you and your family enjoyed the recipe!

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Marcellina January 26, 2021 - 11:16 am

5 stars
Love this combination of flavours! Perfect recipe!

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Catherine January 26, 2021 - 6:41 pm

5 stars
So yummy!

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Leslie January 26, 2021 - 6:56 pm

5 stars
What a perfectly put together meal! So elegant and delightful!

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Elizabeth January 26, 2021 - 7:26 pm

5 stars
Absolutely delicious! Great recipe!

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Capri Lilly January 26, 2021 - 7:33 pm

Thank you, Elizabeth!

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Mama Maggie's Kitchen January 27, 2021 - 11:13 am

5 stars
Oh my! I need this in my life. Must print your recipe. Thanks for sharing.

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Capri Lilly January 28, 2021 - 1:57 am

You’re welcome! 🙂

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Debra January 27, 2021 - 3:50 pm

5 stars
Delicious…and I loved how easy it was to make.

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Capri Lilly January 28, 2021 - 1:57 am

So glad you liked!

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