Valley Fig Growers

Spiced California Fig Lamb Kebabs

Makes 4 servings.


2 pounds lamb shoulder or leg meat, cut into 2-inch cubes

¼ teaspoon salt

1 cup Spiced Fig Not Ketchup, divided, plus more for serving

1 cup Blue Ribbon Orchard Choice or Sun-Maid California Mission Figs, stems removed

2 medium zucchini

1 red onion

Thin bamboo or metal skewers


  1. Put the lamb cubes in a bowl. Sprinkle with salt, then pour over ½ cup of Spiced Fig Not Ketchup and mix well. Let sit at room temperature for 30 minutes or in the refrigerator for two hours.
  2. If using wooden skewers, soak them in water while the lamb is marinating.
  3. Heat the grill to medium-high (400 degrees F).
  4. Cut the zucchini into rounds about 1 inch thick. Slice the onion into 8 wedges, then cut each wedge in half.
  5. Thread the lamb, figs, zucchini and onion onto the skewers, using 2 cubes of lamb per skewer and dividing the rest of the ingredients evenly. You should end up with 8-10 kebabs.
  6. Grill the kebabs about 15 minutes, turning often and brushing generously with Spiced Fig Not Ketchup.
  7. Serve immediately.

PRO TIP: Metal skewers conduct heat very effectively, so the insides of your meat and vegetables will cook more quickly than with wooden or bamboo skewers. Adjust your cooking time accordingly and check your kebabs often.

Recipe by Erika Kerekes of Not Ketchup.