This Instant Pot doner kebab (kebabkött) is easy to make, full of authentic flavor and texture and is perfect in favorite restaurant style doner kebab recipes! Are you ready to be amazed?
It’s so good and you won’t believe how easy it is to make at home. Until we learned how to make this in our Instant Pot, we relied on take out and restaurants for our kebab meat.
And now, it’s just a total game changer at our house.
You would think it would be difficult to make, but nope. And the flavor, it’s just like what you would expect from a restaurant.
Plus, with the added bonus of less fat and grease. If you are looking for a healthier alternative to store bought gyro meat (it always leaves a ton of grease in the pan), this is the answer you’ve been waiting for!
Although we used to really appreciate having store bought ready made gyro meat in our freezer. Not anymore!
Instead, we make an extra batch of this Instant Pot kebab and freeze this instead.
We were worried about how it would slice, especially when cooked in the Instant Pot. Would it be easy to slice? Or would it crumble and fall apart?
Well, we’re very happy to say that the kebab stayed together so well and was easy to slice whether just made, or when cold.
The secret is to wrap it very tightly in the foil packet. We even made the foil wrap with handles to remove the kebab easily when done.
If you’d like to double the recipe – just make two kebabs, and wrap each one in its own foil pack. That way the cooking time will be the same.
Content in this Post
- Ingredients in Instant Pot Doner Kebab (Kebabkött)
- What is Doner Kebab Meat?
- What is the Difference Between Doner Kebab and Gyro Meat?
- How To Make Instant Pot Doner Kebab (Kebabkött)
- What To Serve With Instant Pot Doner Kebab (Kebabkött)
- Recipes With Instant Pot Doner Kebab Meat (Kebabkött)
- Time Saving Tips
- Storage Tips
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Ingredients in Instant Pot Doner Kebab (Kebabkött)
- Lamb mince — ground lamb, or you can use ground beef. We recommend using lamb for a more authentic flavor of the dish.
- Kebab spice blend (Kebabkrydda) — or individual spices as provided in recipe card.
- Onion — finely diced white or yellow onions.
- Garlic — we use three cloves of garlic, and find it perfect for us. You can go with more or less if you prefer.
- Salt — you’ll want to add salt as the kebab spice blend (kebabkrydda) doesn’t have any salt in it.
What is Doner Kebab Meat?
Doner kebab is Turkish style meat that is usually served in restaurants on a vertical stick, that rotates with continuous heat, and is carved or shaved down into thin pieces for delectable sandwiches, kebab rolls, kebab pizzas and more.
Originating over 1,000 years ago, kebab is a popular and widespread dish with many spellings, such as kebap, kabab, kabob, and kebob. From its Turkish origin, the word means “roasted meat” and is associated with many forms of different meat cooked over a heat source.
The word doner (or döner depending on your language), literally means “rotary” in Turkish, hence the name Doner Kebab (aka rotating roasted meat).
The dish was invented in the 19th century and brought to Europe in the early parts of the 1970s. It is now very popular in Swedish kebab restaurants, with kebab roll (kebabrulle), kebab pizza (kebabpizza), kebab plate (kebabtallrik) kebab salad (kebabsallad) all found at kebab shops throughout Sweden.
And, since it’s been a while since we were in Sweden, we needed to find a way to make our own at home. Now, we can satisfy our cravings anytime!
What is the Difference Between Doner Kebab and Gyro Meat?
Gyro meat is Greek style, similarly made but with a Greek blend of spices. Greek spice or gyro spice blend often includes marjoram and other spices that are not commonly found in doner kebab seasoning (kebabkrydda).
Gyro meat is also delectable and these meat preparations can be used interchangeably in recipes, with great results, if you need to.
How To Make Instant Pot Doner Kebab (Kebabkött)
The first thing you’ll need to do is make your doner kebab meat mixture. We use a pound of ground lamb, and add a few common ingredients.
We use a kebab spice blend (kebabkrydda) that is very important for the flavor. You will need to buy some, or make up a batch to store in a spice bottle. Or we list individual ingredients in our recipe card so you can make just enough for the recipe if you like.
Next, you will need to blend the meat mixture super well, using a sturdy food processor that can handle meat. We use the paddle on our Kitchenaid stand mixer to do this. This ensures the kebab will have the dense and not crumbly texture required for slicing.
Once the meat is mixed up into a paste, finer than can be mixed by hand, you need to shape the meat tightly into a kebab form, a round meat loaf.
Do this on top of foil, and then, when you have its shape, tightly wrap the foil around it.
You can leave foil on each end and wrap up as handles to transfer in and out of the Instant Pot with ease!
Place this kebab meat in foil, on a trivet in your Instant Pot with two cups of water in the Instant Pot. For a double recipe, make two kebabs in two foil packs and place them side by side on the trivet (we show one recipe below). We use our silicon trivet, but the metal trivet can be used.
After cooking in the Instant Pot, remove the foil packs and place in the oven for a quick broil.
Broil three minutes and then turn over to the other side for an additional three minutes. This gives the kebab nicely browned edges and helps to retain the kebab shape.
For us, three minutes on each side was perfect, although you need to keep an eye on your oven to make sure your kebab doesn’t burn.
When you remove it from the oven, let it cool a bit and then slice into strips. You can use a sharp knife, but we found a secret method to slice kebab that we love.
It’s so easy to slice kebab meat with a handheld . Not to mention a lot safer too. It works like a charm and you’ll have your kebab meat sliced up with no fuss at all.
After you’ve sliced your kebab meat into strips, you can pan fry in a little oil (we use avocado oil) and some extra kebab spice blend (kebabkrydda).
This step really adds to the restaurant quality of the dish. It’s definitely worth taking the extra time to do this, in terms of flavor and presentation.
Once you have your kebab meat fried lightly on both sides, you are ready to include the kebab meat in your favorite restaurant style doner kebab recipes!
What To Serve With Instant Pot Doner Kebab (Kebabkött)
- Kebab sauce (Kebabsås) — this sauce is so good, you’ll want to put it on everything. It goes with all of the doner kebab recipes so it’s a good idea to have some ready to go! Don’t worry, it’s fast to make.
- Kebab Shop Turkish Red Cabbage Salad — tangy, low carb and satisfying side dish that you’ll love for its versatility and stunning color.
- Pizza Salad (Pizzasallad) — ah, pizza salad! A perfect match for kebab pizza and it goes with all of the kebab recipes.
- Air Fryer French Fries — You’ll love to have a side of air fryer French fries that are also easy to make. With or without ketchup and vinegar, it’s up to you! You’ll especially love to dip your fries in the kebab sauce!
- House Style Salad — a simple side salad, with lettuce, slices of tomato, cucumber, onion and hot pepper garnish is hard to beat alongside kebab.
Recipes With Instant Pot Doner Kebab Meat (Kebabkött)
Instant Pot doner kebab meat will provide endless options for meals. You can have it for breakfast, lunch or dinner, or a snack.
You can find more ideas in this post about what to do with leftover doner kebab.
It’s a versatile meat that you can add to anything. It’s super easy to repurpose leftovers into any of these delicious meals:
- Kebab pita pizzas (Kebabpizza) — with slices of kebab meat, with fresh lettuce, zesty kebab sauce and hot peppers, this is bursting with flavor!
- Kebab Roll (Kebabrulle) — kebab meat is sliced and wrapped up into pita bread with all of your favorite toppings – tomato, lettuce, onions, hot peppers and of course – kebab sauce!
- Kebab Plate (Kebabtallrik) — kebab plate has everything in a kebab roll but instead of a pita, you’ll air fry a batch of fries! You’ll really enjoy your fries with kebab and topped with kebab sauces!
- Kebab Salad (Kebabsallad) — Skip the fries and pita, and go lower carb with this fresh salad, topped with kebab meat and kebab sauce!
- Doner Kebab Quesadilla — repurpose leftover doner kebab meat into a delightful classic appetizer.
- Doner Kebab Poutine — classic poutine with French fries, cheese curds and gravy is taken over the top with doner kebab meat, kebab sauce, onions and tomatoes.
- Crustless Quiche Doner Kebab — whip up an amazingly flavorful, low carb quiche with doner kebab meat, kebab sauce, kale, bell pepper and onions.
Time Saving Tips
We recommend making up extra batches of kebab meat to freeze for later, whenever you make this. You will always love to have this prepped and ready to go in your freezer.
You can freeze the extra portion, at any stage of the prep. But, it is most helpful to make a double batch, cook it in the Instant Pot and then transfer to the freezer still in it’s foil pack (let it cool first).
Then when you’d like kebab pizza, kebab plate or kebab roll, you can thaw it out, slice and broil and pan fry as usual.
Or if you’d rather do more ahead of time, you can slice them before freezing, just make sure to wrap the slices tightly and store in a freezer safe container with lid.
Then, all you’ll need to do is thaw out and pan fry before enjoying these in awesome kebab recipes!
Make sure you keep an eye on the best before date of your raw lamb when storing in the fridge. You shouldn’t keep it too long after purchase.
Plan on making kebab meat right away, within a day or two – remember to check the expiry date! If necessary, should you not be able to get to it, you can freeze the package and thaw out later.
Once cooked, you can store kebab meat in your refrigerator for three days. I don’t think you’ll have any trouble enjoying it before then with all of these amazing kebab recipes to try 🙂
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Instant Pot Doner Kebab (Kebabkött)
- 1 pound Lamb
- 2 tablespoons Doner Kebab Spice Blend (Kebabkrydda), or see below for individual spices
- ½ Onion, diced
- 3 cloves Garlic
- 1.5 teaspoons Salt, Himalayan pink salt, ground
Kebab Spice Blend (Kebabkrydda)
- ½ teaspoon Pepper, black pepper, freshly ground
- 1 teaspoon Oregano
- ½ teaspoon Cumin
- 1 teaspoon Paprika
- ⅛ teaspoon Cayenne, use less or omit for a milder version
- 1 teaspoon Garlic Powder
- ½ teaspoon Coriander
- ⅛ teaspoon Chili Powder, Kashmiri, use less or omit for milder version
- ¼ teaspoon Cinnamon
- Place ingredients into bowl of a stand mixer. Use the stand mixer paddle to combine the meat mixture into a paste. Alternatively, use a strong food processor that can handle meat.
- Transfer the well combined meat paste to a large bowl.
- Place on a sheet of aluminum foil and roll tightly into a round kebab form.
- Roll up the kebab very tightly in the foil, leaving some foil on each end to twist into handles you can use to transfer in and out of the Instant Pot.
- Place a trivet (silicon or metal) into the Instant Pot, along with two cups of water. Place the foil wrapped kebab onto the trivet (If you've made a double batch, place two separately foil wrapped kebabs on the trivet). Secure the lid, move the pressure valve to SEALING and set Instant Pot to HIGH for 30 minutes. Once complete, allow the pressure to naturally release.
- Set oven to BROIL. Transfer the kebab to an oven safe shallow baking dish. Open the foil packet, but keep it underneath the kebab. Broil for 3 minutes and then turn it over and broil the other side for 3 minutes. Check on it, to ensure it does not burn.
- Remove from oven, and allow to cool slightly. It will be easy to slice and you can use a cheese slicer to cut even slices.
- Once sliced, heat a little avocado oil in a fry pan on the stove top. Add the kebab slices, with some extra kebab spice blend (kebabkrydda). Pan fry for a few minutes on each side until golden. Remove from heat, transfer to a plate and use in your favorite doner kebab restaurant style recipes (kebab pizza, kebab plate, kebab salad and kebab roll) Enjoy!
The above nutritional values are estimates and should only be used as a guide. If you are following a specific diet or have dietary restrictions, please use your preferred nutritional calculator. If you have a food allergy please ensure that none of the listed ingredients are part of your restrictions. As well, always use a food thermometer to ensure safe cooking temperature of the food items.