Keto Friendly Turkish Shish Kebab Recipe (Baked)

Baked and Keto Friendly Turkish Shish Kebab

Everyone knows how delicious Turkish cuisine is, with its spices and the way they complement meats; there’s not much else to say. Turkish cuisine is full of treasures: Lahmacun, Künefe, Baklava, Meatballs, Yaprak Sarmasi with olive oil (Stuffed Grape Leaves), Iskender kebab, Mantı…

There are hundreds of other flavors in addition to these, but one among them is almost legendary. Even without the title of this article, you probably could have guessed very quickly: Turkish Shish Kebab! We haven’t met anyone who hasn’t fallen in love with the flavor of a Turkish shish kebab.

Sure, we all love it, but what if we are following a ketogenic diet? Can we still consume it? The answer is, it depends! For those who ask how, let me explain.

Shish kebab dishes are very rich in presentation. They are served with special bread, Turkish-style pilafs, and many appetizers. Not all of these are keto-friendly, but there is a recipe to make an entirely keto-friendly shish kebab. You don’t even need a barbecue for it. In this article, we will talk about how we can make Turkish-style shish kebabs in the oven.

How Can You Bake Them?

Does this seem like it will be too much work? Let us share the recipe with you. That way, you’ll see how easy it is.

Yield: 4

Keto Turkish shish kebab recipe

Turkish shish kebab

All you need for this recipe is an oven, parchment paper, and the ingredients listed below. Don't forget to calculate your macros while measuring the ingredients.

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes


Shish Kebab

  • 1.5 pounds ground beef
  • One large onion
  • 7-8 cloves of garlic
  • 1 tablespoon of hot pepper paste
  • 2 (full) tablespoons of tomato paste
  • White cheddar cheese
  • Half a teaspoon of black pepper
  • 1 and a half teaspoons of thyme
  • 2 teaspoons of paprika (hot if possible)
  • 2 teaspoons of cumin
  • Salt

For Baked Eggplant

  • 3 eggplant (medium-size)
  • 2 tablespoons of olive oil
  • Salt to taste


  1. First, mix the tomato and pepper paste in a bowl. Add black pepper, thyme, paprika, cumin, and salt, and combine well.
  2. Then, add onion and garlic to the food processor and run the processor. Put them in a deep, large bowl. Add meat to it. Grate the cheddar and add it to the mixture.
  3. Add the tomato paste mixture to the meat mixture and knead it together for at least 10 minutes.
  4. After the kneading process is done, cover the meat with a piece of cling film and let it rest in the refrigerator for 1 hour. This "resting process" is important, as the meat that goes through a rest period in the refrigerator is always more delicious. The ideal time is 1 hour, but you can change it from 10 to 60 minutes, depending on your time. If you don’t have time, you can cook the meat without resting it.
  5. Get your baking tray. Line it with parchment paper and start preheating your oven to 200 degrees Celsius. You should start preheating your oven at this stage, as it will take some time to shape the meat.
  6. Take lime-sized pieces of meat and roll them. Then, take them in the palm of your hand and shape them to be slightly narrower than 1 inch and long. You don’t need to use skewers as they will be cooked in the oven.
  7. Line up the tray by giving this shape until the meat is finished. You can cook in a controlled way as cooking times vary according to the oven. They are usually ready within 30 minutes.
  8. Now, it’s true we use the top of the oven for our meat, but what do we bake in it? Eggplant, of course! Eggplants are an excellent idea for a protein dish. However, we recommend that you act according to your macros, as the carbohydrate value of eggplants is a little high.
  9. Wash the eggplants, dry them well, and peel them striped. Cut the front and back parts off and cut other parts into rings. Put them in a deep bowl. Add olive oil and salt to the bowl and mix it all. Then, place them on another baking tray on which you have laid parchment paper.
  10. Put them in the oven along with the kebab. You can change the location of the trays so that both sides are cooked equally by checking them occasionally.

Nutrition Information



Serving Size


Amount Per Serving Calories 700Total Fat 40gNet Carbohydrates 35gProtein 51g
Turkish shish kebab recipe
Turkish shish kebab recipe in the oven

If you wish, you can put onion slices on the sides while the kebabs are baking. If you wish, you can also bake the onions with the eggplants.

If you stick to your macro calculations, you can bake tomatoes and peppers with them. After everything is baked well, take the kebabs and eggplants on your plate and enjoy.

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