Beef Koobideh

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Do you adore Persian cuisine and dream of mastering it at home? This Beef Koobideh recipe will amaze you! It captures the exact flavors of the koobideh served at Persian restaurants—juicy and bursting with flavor. The best part? You don’t even need a BBQ!

Beef Koobideh

Prep Time 45 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Course Main Course
Servings 8


  • 2 pounds of ground beef 80/20 lean-to-fat ratio
  • 2 tablespoons of ghee
  • 1 whole grated yellow onion
  • 1 tablespoon of finely minced garlic
  • 1 teaspoon of crushed saffron
  • 1/4 cup of ice cubes
  • 1/2 tablespoon of coriander
  • 1/4 teaspoon of turmeric
  • 1 teaspoon of black pepper
  • 1/2 tablespoon of salt
  • 1/2 tablespoon of smoked paprika


  • Crush the saffron in a bowl and add a handful of ice cubes. Let the ice melt, allowing the saffron to infuse.
  • In a separate bowl, combine grated onion, garlic, saffron water, coriander, turmeric, black pepper, salt, and smoked paprika. Mix well.
  • In a large bowl, combine the ground beef with the marinade and ghee. Mix thoroughly.
  • Preheat the oven to 450°F.
  • Mold the seasoned ground beef onto skewers, making each kebab about 8 to 12 inches long.
  • Press down on the kebabs with your thumb and fingers to create bumps along the surface.
  • Place the skewers on a tray lined with parchment paper.
  • Bake for 10 to 15 minutes until fully cooked.
  • Broil for a few minutes at the end to achieve a charred effect.
  • Serve with basmati rice, sumac, and butter.


  • You can also grill these kebabs outdoors. Use long skewers to prevent them from falling into the grill.
  • Avoid using a grill plate as it may cause the kebabs to stick and lose their shape.
  • Check out YouTube for visuals if you need help visualizing the grilling process.

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