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5 sambousek on a black slate, one of which is cut in half. A dipping sauce in a blue bowl next to the sambousek.

Lamb Sambousek with Filo Pastry

Filling enough for lunch or dinner, these filo pastry-wrapped Lamb Sambousek Rolls make a delicious meal when served with a dip and a salad! A gently spicy, but extremely aromatic spice mix add an abundance of flavours to the lovely minced lamb and red pepper filling! You then wrap the filling in shop-bought filo pastry and fry in a pan for an ultimately crispy treat!
5 from 7 votes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Course Lunch, Main Course, Snack
Cuisine Middle Eastern
Servings 6 rolls
Calories 457 kcal



For the Sambousek Filling:

  • 1 tablespoon odourless oil
  • 1 onion small, finely chopped
  • ½ red pepper finely chopped
  • 3 spring onions sliced
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 1 teaspoon turmeric
  • 1 teaspoon ground coriander
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon dried herbs thyme, oregano or mixed
  • ½ teaspoon allspice
  • ¼ teaspoon ground ginger
  • 500 g lamb mince we used 20% fat

For Rolling and Frying:

  • 200 g filo pastry sheets 12 sheets in a packet
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 200-300 ml of oil for frying

Serve With:


  • Heat a tablespoon of odourless oil (such as vegetable or sunflower) in a large frying pan on low-medium heat. Add the finely chopped onions and pepper, and sautee for 5 minutes.
  • Add the garlic and spring onion, alongside the spices: turmeric, ground coriander, cumin, dried herbs, allspice and ground ginger. Stir for a minute. The pan will look quite dry but don't add more oil, as the mince will release enough moisture later.
  • Add the lamb mince and stir to break it up. Increase the heat and cook the lamb, stirring, for 5 minutes, until browned. Then reduce the heat to a minimum and carry on cooking for another 10-15 minutes, until the lamb is nice and tender.
  • Once cooked, drain any excess fat and leave the filling to cool down slightly.
  • Lightly beat an egg yolk in a small bowl.
  • Unroll your filo pastry. Take two sheets of pastry laid on top of each other and brush the edge with some egg yolk.
  • Spoon 3 generous tbsps of the lamb filling onto the lower part of the pastry sheet, then fold the two sides of the pastry on top of the filling. Roll the filling up into a thick cigar (see photos above for clear instructions on how to roll). Brush the edge with more egg yolk if needed to seal the pastry. Repeat with the rest of the filo pastry sheets, working with two sheets at a time.
  • Heat the oil in a frying pan. You may need more or less oil depending on the diameter of the pan. We use a smaller frying pan and fry the sambousek rolls in batches of three. You should have enough oil in the pan to cover the rolls midway up.
  • Make sure the oil is hot (180-190°C) before carefully lowering the rolls into the pan for approx 2 minutes on each side, or until brown and crispy.
  • Take the rolls out of the pan onto a plate lined with a couple of layers of kitchen paper towel to absorb excess oil.
  • Serve the lamb rolls with our coriander mayo and a fresh green salad!


Calories: 457kcalCarbohydrates: 22gProtein: 17gFat: 33gSaturated Fat: 10gPolyunsaturated Fat: 5gMonounsaturated Fat: 16gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 93mgSodium: 215mgPotassium: 304mgFiber: 2gSugar: 1gVitamin A: 426IUVitamin C: 16mgCalcium: 42mgIron: 3mg
Keyword Lamb Sambousek, Middle Eastern Sambousek, Sambousek Rolls, Sambousek with Lamb, Tubular Sambousek
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