Persian Food 06 Jul 2023 BY Arash Morshed

Top 23 Iranian Kebab | A Delicious Culinary Exploration

Iranian pay a lot of attention to their food and that is the reason why you can find the different types of sole food in the menus of their restaurants.

As an example, you can find at least five to six different types of Kebab or as an Iranian pronounce Kabab on the menus of most restaurants.

In this article, we are going to introduce some of the most cooked ones in the country. Usually, you can find their names as listed in this article, however, some restaurants make some changes and offer them a unique name of their own. So you need to check with them about the type of meat and marinated ingredients. Usually with all type of kebab one or two grilled tomatoes is served. You can order your dish with or without rice.

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Top 23 Iranian Kebab (Persian Kabab)

  1. kebab Koobideh
  2. Joojeh kebab
  3. Kebab Barg
  4. Shishlik or Shish Kebab
  5. Kebab Torsh
  6. kebab Soltani
  7. Kabab Vaziri
  8. Kabab Bakhtiari
  9. Kebab Chenjeh
  10. Qafqazi Kebab
  11. Kermanshahi Kebab
  12. Kabab Kofteh
  13. Bonab Kebab
  14. Hoseini Kebab
  15. Saffron Kebab
  16. Chicken Snail Kebab (Halazooni)
  17. Kabab Mahi
  18. Lari Kebab (Masti Kebab)
  19. Tas Kebab
  20. Kabab Gheimeh
  21. Kabab Tabei (Pan Kebab)
  22. Shami Kebab
  23. Gilan Gomaj Kebab


1) kebab Koobideh

kebab Koobideا

Koobideh is the signature Iranian kebab and the most famous one for local and international tourists. It is cooked with ground lamb or beef with grated onions. Sometimes you can find it with ground chicken as well but it is not so common.

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2) Joojeh kebab

Joojeh kebaذ

Joojeh kebab is barbecued chicken marinated in olive oil and saffron. Different parts of chicken could be used, such as the breast, wings, and thighs. In the menus, you can find Joojeh kebab with bone or boneless. The boneless one is usually the chicken breast.

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3) Kebab Barg

Kebab Barg

The main ingredient of Kebab-e Barg is fillets of beef, tenderloin, or lamb shank. It is marinated in onions, saffron, olive oil, and mild spices.

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4) Shishlik or Shish Kebab


Shishlik or Shish Kebab with the same name is very popular in different countries of central Asia, and eastern and southern Europe. However, the one you will find in Iranian restaurants is different from the ones that are cooked in other countries. In Iran, lamb ribs are marinated with Saffron, chopped onion, and lemon to make them tender and are served mostly in six pieces per dish.


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5) Kebab Torsh

Kebab Torsh

Kebab Torsh is a traditional kebab from Mazandaran and Gilan provinces in the northern part of Iran. It is somehow the same as kebab Barg which is cooked from beef but marinated in a mixture of crushed walnuts and garlic, pomegranate juice, and chopped parsley. Because of the pomegranate juice, it has a sour taste.

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6) kebab Soltani

kebab Soltani

Kebab Soltani (Soltani stands for Royal) is served with a combination of one skewer of Kebab Barg and one Kebab Koobideh.

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7) Kabab Vaziri

Kabab Vaziri

Kebab Vaziri literally means minister and compared to Soltani it is a combination of one skewer of Joojeh and one Koobideh. So if you like to taste both chicken and meat this is a perfect choice.

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8) Kabab Bakhtiari

Kabab Bakhtiari

Kebab Bakhtiari which is sometimes called Kebab Bolghari: is a combination of one piece of Joojeh Kabab and one piece of Kebab Barg.

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9) Kebab Chenjeh

Kebab Chenjeh

If you are a meat lover and prefer the real taste of the meat this is what you most enjoy. Chenjeh is cooked from fresh lamb meat cut in the square.

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10) Qafqazi Kebab

Qafqazi Kebab

Qafqazi Kebab is a flavorful kebab originating from the Qafqaz region of Iran. It typically consists of chunks of marinated lamb or beef grilled with bell peppers, onions, and tomatoes. The kebabs are seasoned with a blend of spices that give them a distinct taste.

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11) Kermanshahi Kebab

Kermanshahi Kebab

Kermanshahi Kebab is a specialty from the city of Kermanshah in western Iran. It features marinated chunks of lamb or beef grilled to perfection. The meat is often marinated in a combination of yogurt, lemon juice, saffron, and spices, resulting in a rich and aromatic kebab.


12) Kabab Kofteh

Kabab Kofteh

Kabab Kofteh is a type of Iranian meatball kebab made with ground meat (typically lamb or beef) mixed with onions, herbs, and spices. The mixture is shaped into balls or patties, skewered, and grilled. It is often served with rice, bread, or in a sandwich.

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13) Bonab Kebab

Bonab Kebab

Another top Iranian kebab is the Bonab Kebab, originating from the city of Bonab in East Azerbaijan province. It features succulent pieces of lamb or beef marinated in a mixture of yogurt, onion, saffron, and spices. Grilled to perfection, this kebab embodies the essence of Persian cuisine.

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14) Hoseini Kebab

Hoseini Kebab

Hoseini Kebab is a fantastic choice for those who appreciate a bit of heat and spice. The marinated chunks of lamb or beef, grilled to perfection, feature a fiery marinade made with garlic, red pepper paste, spices, and sometimes lemon juice. This Iranian kebab will leave your taste buds tingling with delight.

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15) Saffron Kebab

Saffron Kebab

For a touch of luxury, Saffron Kebab is the epitome of Iranian culinary excellence. Marinated pieces of chicken, lamb, or beef infused with saffron-infused marinade are grilled to perfection. This top Iranian kebab showcases the aromatic and visually stunning qualities of saffron.

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16) Chicken Snail Kebab (Halazooni)

Chicken Snail Kebab

When exploring Persian kebab restaurants, don't miss the opportunity to try the unique Chicken Snail Kebab. This intriguing kebab features skewered chicken pieces shaped into a spiral, resembling a snail shell (Halazooni). Marinated in a blend of spices, herbs, and sometimes yogurt, this Iranian kebab is a true culinary delight.

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17) Kabab Mahi

Kabab Mahi

Kabab Mahi is a popular Iranian kebab made with fresh fish, usually white fish like cod or bass. The fish is marinated in a mixture of lime juice, saffron, herbs, and spices before being grilled. It is often served with rice, grilled vegetables, or bread.

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18) Lari Kebab (Masti Kebab)

Lari Kebab

If you're looking for a street food experience, Lari Kebab, also known as Masti Kebab, is a must-try. Originating from the southern city of Lar, this Iranian kebab is made with ground meat (lamb or beef) mixed with spices and herbs. Shaped into flat patties and grilled, Lari Kebab is often enjoyed with bread and garnished with fresh herbs and pickles.

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19) Tas Kebab

Tas Kebab

For a unique cooking method, try the Tas Kebab, traditionally cooked in a special clay pot called "tas." Marinated pieces of lamb or beef, along with vegetables such as onions, tomatoes, and bell peppers, slow-cook in the tas, resulting in tender and aromatic kebabs.

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20) Kabab Gheimeh

Kabab Gheimeh

Kabab Gheimeh is a combination of grilled kebabs (usually lamb or beef) and Gheimeh, which is a Persian stew made with meat, split yellow peas, tomatoes, and spices. The kebabs are served on top of the Gheimeh, creating a delightful combination of flavors.

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21) Kabab Tabei (Pan Kebab)

Kabab Tabei

Kabab Tabei, also known as Pan Kebab, is a quick and easy kebab preparation. It involves cooking seasoned ground meat (lamb or beef) in a pan or skillet, without the use of skewers. The kebab is typically served with flatbread, rice, or salad.

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22) Shami Kebab

Shami Kebab

No exploration of Iranian kebabs would be complete without mentioning the famous Shami Kebab. Shami is made with ground meat (lamb or beef) mixed with lentils, spices, and herbs. The mixture is shaped into patties and shallow-fried until golden brown. Shami Kebabs are often served as appetizers or sandwiches.

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23) Gilan Gomaj Kebab

Gilan Gomaj Kebab

For a taste of the northern region, don't miss the Gomaj Kebab. Gomaj Kebab is a specialty from the Gilan province in northern Iran. It features marinated chunks of lamb or beef that are grilled alongside a mixture of vegetables, such as onions, tomatoes, and bell peppers. The kebabs are seasoned with local spices, resulting in a flavorful and satisfying dish.

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Unforgettable Kebab Delights Await


For those visiting Iran or anyone seeking to indulge in the best Iranian kebab foods, prepare yourself for a tantalizing adventure of flavors and aromas. Whether you're savoring the fiery notes of Hoseini Kebab or experiencing the luxury of Saffron Kebab, each bite will transport you to the heart of Iran's culinary heritage. Let yourself be captivated by the exquisite flavors and cultural richness of Iran's top kebab dishes.

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