Mongolian Lamb Skewers – A takeaway classic in finger food form

Close up on the charr and burnished copper colour of these Mongolian lamb skewers

These Mongolian Lamb Skewers transform a take away classic into a fun and delicious party dish. Sweet, salty and packed with flavour these grilled lamb skewers are sure to be a hit!

Dark red brown lamb cubes on small wooden skewers on a blue plate with fairy lights in the background

The sun has set, turning the sky pink, then purple until all that remains is the dark deep indigo of a summer nights sky. The only thing that lights the patio are thousands of glittering fairy lights, the strings sway gently in the warm summer breeze as they twinkle overhead like your own personal planetarium.
Down on the bottom patio the fire pit is lit and your friends gathered around watching the flames dance and disappear into the night as they savour their drinks and the important memories of friends catching up.
The grill is on and the sweet intoxicating smell of smoke starts to fills the air, a smell so comforting and familiar that it brings smiles to faces as they move towards the grill in anticipation of something delicious.
And you don’t disappoint, the sweet and salty Mongolian Lamb skewers with their burnished copper exterior are a delicious and welcome snack.
The colour reminiscent of the fiery sunset from earlier and the taste, familiar like your favourite takeaways, yet the smoke from the grill makes these lamb skewers something extra special. Something worth enjoying all summer long.

Close up on a Mongolian lamb skewer being lifted from the plate.

So I make Mongolian Lamb on the outdoor grill?

Mongolian lamb is traditionally cooked in a wok, or apparently traditionally it was cooked over an open fire on a warrior’s shield!

But when it is warm outside I love to use the grill, actually I love to use the grill all year round 😉
So these Mongolian lamb skewers reinvent the take away classic into a fun finger food.

You certainly don’t have to use a grill, you can do these inside on a griddle or in a fry pan, or put them under the broiler. But I think the smoke you get from the outdoor grill is 100% worth it.

A slit picture showing the marinated lamb in a white bowl and on the other side the lamb being pushed onto mini skewers.

What is used to marinade Mongolian Lamb?

I bet you have everything you need to make this dish already in your pantry or store cupboard.

You will need some cornstarch, soy sauce, brown sugar, garlic and sesame oil. To finish I like to add a little glaze so the sweet smoky flavor if the grill is enhanced, for this I use oyster sauce and honey. (But this step is optional)

Overhead shot showing a big pile of lamb skewers on a turquoise blue oriental style plate.

These Mongolian lamb skewers are your favourite takeaway in easy to eat summer grilling form!

Enjoy x

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SQ picture showing the lamb skewers on a turquoise plate, garnished with lime with fairy lights in the background.
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Mongolian Lamb Skewers - A takeaway classic in finger form

These Mongolian Lamb Skewers transform a take away classic into a fun and delicious party dish. Sweet, salty and packed with flavour these grilled lamb skewers are sure to be a hit!
Course Party Food
Cuisine Chinese
Keyword on the grill, party food, snack food
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Marinating time 1 hour
Total Time 10 minutes
Servings 20 skewers
Calories 28 kcal
Author Claire | Sprinkles and Sprouts


You can change the measurement from US to metric at the bottom of this list

  • 20 mini skewers soaked in water
  • 1/2 lb lamb loin (or leg steaks)

Marinade ingredients

  • 2 tsp cornstarch
  • 2 tbsp soy sauce
  • 1 tbsp water
  • 2 tbsp dark brown sugar
  • 3 cloves garlic chopped
  • 1 tsp toasted sesame oil

For the glaze

  • 1 tbsp oyster sauce
  • 1 tbsp honey

To serve

  • 1 lime cut into small wedges


  1. Cut the lamb into bite size chunks and set to one side.
  2. Mix the marinade ingredients together until the sugar has dissolved.
  3. Add the lamb, then  cover and refrigerate at least 1 hour or up to overnight.
  4. Remove the lamb from the marinade and thread each cube onto a skewer.
  5. Mix the oyster sauce and honey together and lightly coat the lamb skewers with the glaze.

To cook on the grill

  1. Heat the grill up with a high heat and then grill the lamb kebabs for 2 minutes on each side until charred and golden but still medium rare in the middle.  (Or cook for longer if you do not like pink meat)

To cook under the broiler.

  1. Pre-heat the broiler on high.
  2. Line a baking sheet with tin foil and place a wire rack on top.
  3. Adjust the broiler/oven rack so it is 3" from the heat source.
  4. Broil the skewers for 3 minutes then turn and broil for 2 further minutes.
  5. To serve.
  6. Pile them high and serve with lime wedges and dipping sauce of your choice.
Nutrition Facts
Mongolian Lamb Skewers - A takeaway classic in finger form
Amount Per Serving
Calories 28
% Daily Value*
Cholesterol 7mg 2%
Sodium 133mg 6%
Potassium 36mg 1%
Total Carbohydrates 2g 1%
Sugars 2g
Protein 2g 4%
Vitamin C 0.2%
Calcium 0.3%
Iron 1.4%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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  1. I rarely eat lamb because I just don’t know how to cook it – so thanks so much for sharing this! It sounds delicious and I love how beautifully you set the scene for a summer meal in the beginning of this post 🙂

    1. Reply

      Thank you Anne, I hope you enjoy trying them 😀

    • Tara Bench
    • June 11, 2018

    Lamb is one of my favorite meats! Great recipe, thanks for sharing

    1. Reply

      I hope you give it a try Tara 😀

    • Joanie
    • June 11, 2018

    This such a wonderfully delicious dish and I was thrilled to see that I had all of the ingredients for the marinade in my pantry. So easy to make and definitely adding this to my summer grilling list.

    1. Reply

      Yeah 😀 So happy you love it Joanie 😀

  2. YUM!! These look like the perfect little appetizer for summer!

    1. Reply

      Thank you Elysia 😀

  3. Reply

    These lamb skewers look perfectly roasted! Can’t wait to try this recipe!

    1. Reply

      Thank you Natalie, hope you love them 😀

  4. Reply

    this looks delicious! love anything on a skewer. Also, love your stories! thanks for sharing

    1. Reply

      Thank you Rebecca 😀
      I love the creative writing side 😀

  5. Reply

    I love the sound of the flavors in your marinade and glaze and I know this would be a hit at our next summer soiree. Definitely going to try this one soon.

    1. Reply

      I hope they are a hit Lisa 😀

    • Madi
    • June 11, 2018

    I’ve never tried mongolian lamb before but it sounds so amazing! I love that you made it into an appetizer!

    1. Reply

      I love it as an appetizer as you can just have a small taster 😀

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