Coffee Spiced Yogurt Marinade for Kebobs

I’m a little bummed. This recipe was going to be my first submission to one of the weekly contests at Food52. Coffee recipes! I have two in my repertoire so far—this one, and a coffee cream cheese frosting recipe. I knew the contest closed tonight at midnight. Unfortunately, I didn’t consider that it would close at midnight EST, not PST. Sigh. The good news is we had a wonderful meal tonight. Even better, now you can test the strength of your spice provisions and try it out for yourself. The resulting Indian flavors work well with pork or lamb, and aren’t too spicy for the little ones.

This is actually a great weeknight meal thanks to a morning marinade, and broiling is my new favorite trick for getting dinner on the table speedy quick!

Coffee Spiced Yogurt Marinade for Kebobs

¼ cup plain yogurt
1 Tablespoon olive oil
2 cloves garlic, crushed
1 Tablespoon paprika
2 teaspoons instant coffee
2 teaspoons ground coriander
1 teaspoon ground allspice
1 teaspoon turmeric
1 teaspoon celery salt
1 teaspoon thyme
½ teaspoon onion powder
½ teaspoon white pepper
¼ teaspoon cayenne
¾ teaspoon salt
1 ½-2 pounds boneless pork country ribs (or boneless lamb)


1)   Morning-Stir up dry spices and salt in a small bowl. Add yogurt, crushed garlic, and olive oil. Blend to make a thick paste.

2)   Cut pork into 2-3” cubes and put into a large Ziploc with the spice paste. Seal the bag while pressing the air out. Squish the meat around to coat with spicy goodness. Tuck the bag into a bowl (to avoid leakage) and marinate for 8 hours in the fridge.

3)   Evening-Preheat broiler and set oven rack two rows down from the top. Thread meat onto skewers, packed nice and tight, and place on a broiler pan or wire rack set into a rimmed baking sheet.

4)   Broil for 8 minutes, turn, another 8 minutes, then check the temp. It may need another 2-3 minutes depending on the thickness to get to 145º.

5)   Serve with warm flat bread and cucumber yogurt sauce (1/2 cup plain or Greek yogurt, ½ diced cucumber, 1 clove garlic, minced, and a pinch of salt.)


1 Comment

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One response to “Coffee Spiced Yogurt Marinade for Kebobs

  1. I love your fresh ingredients and healthy food recipe!


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