Tepsi Kebab Recipe

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  • Serving: 4
  • Prep time: 30 m
  • Cook time: 35 m
  • Ready in: 1::05 h
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Tepsi Kebab is a traditional Turkish dish, renowned for its rich flavors and ease of preparation. Originating from the southeastern regions of Turkey, this oven-baked kebab is a staple in Turkish cuisine. It’s typically made with ground lamb or beef and an array of aromatic spices, all cooked together in one pan, hence the name “Tepsi” which means tray or pan in Turkish.


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Total Nutritional Values

Total Fat
80 grams
Saturated Fat
24 grams
250 mg
Dependent on added salt
Total Carbohydrates
35 grams
Dietary Fiber
10 grams
20 grams
90 grams


  • 1-Preheat the Oven

    Preheat your oven to 180°C (350°F).

  • 2-Mix the Meat

    In a large bowl, combine the ground meat, grated onions, minced garlic, olive oil, cumin, paprika, black pepper, and cayenne pepper. Mix thoroughly. Add salt to taste.

  • 3-Prepare the Tray

    Grease a baking tray with a bit of olive oil.

  • 4-Shape the Kebabs

    Take small portions of the meat mixture and shape them into patties or elongated kebabs. Arrange them on the greased tray.

  • 5-Add Vegetables

    Place the sliced tomatoes and green bell peppers between the meat pieces.

  • 6-Bake the Kebab

    Place the tray in the oven and bake for about 35-40 minutes, or until the kebabs are well cooked and slightly browned on top.

  • 7-Garnish and Serve

    Garnish with fresh parsley and serve hot. Tepsi Kebab can be enjoyed with rice, flatbread, or a simple salad.

  • Conclusion

    This Tepsi Kebab recipe brings the authentic flavors of Turkish cuisine to your kitchen, combining simplicity with rich, aromatic spices for a delightful meal experience.

Smart Tips

  • Choice of Meat: Using a mix of lamb and beef provides a balance of flavor and fat, but you can use either based on preference.

  • Marination Time: For deeper flavor, let the meat marinate with the spices in the fridge for an hour before cooking.

  • Consistent Kebab Size: Ensure that all kebabs are of the same size and thickness for even cooking.

  • Vegetable Variations: Feel free to add or replace vegetables based on availability and preference. Eggplants and potatoes also work well in this dish.

  • Using a Broiler: To get a more charred and authentic taste, broil the kebabs for the last few minutes of cooking.

  • Fat Content: If using lean meat, consider adding a bit of olive oil or grated fat into the mixture to keep the kebabs moist.

  • Herb Infusion: Add fresh herbs like thyme or rosemary to the tray for an aromatic twist.

  • Serving Suggestions: Serve with flatbread to soak up the juices and a side of yogurt or a light cucumber salad.

  • Leftovers: Leftover Tepsi Kebab can be refrigerated and used in sandwiches or wraps the next day.

  • Spice Levels: Adjust the amount of cayenne pepper according to your heat preference.

  • Presentation: For a visually appealing presentation, garnish with lemon slices and a sprinkle of sumac.

  • Meal Prepping: This dish is great for meal prepping as it stores well and the flavors intensify over time.

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