Nyama Choma (Simple Kenyan Grilled Meat) with Kachumbari Salad

Today I’m sharing a simple grilled meat recipe, something that really hits the spot on a summer evening. Its preparation is deceptively simple: just rub it all over with lemon juice, give it a fair bit of salt, and grill it until cooked through. Nyama Choma’s charm comes from its down-to-basics approach, letting you complement the pure meat flavor with a spicy and tangy Kachumbari Salad (also pictured: Sukuma Wiki.

One other note for today: my friends at ButcherBox are offering an exceptional deal starting today, which they call “ground beef for life”. We’ve been ButcherBox customers for several years now, and their monthly meat boxes have been especially helpful this year with the ongoing pandemic. For a while, even ButcherBox couldn’t keep up with the disruptions to their shipping and fulfillment process, and stopped taking on new customers. That’s all fixed now, and this ground beef for life deal is one you won’t want to miss.

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This deal is only available until September 27th, so don’t delay — enjoy!

Nyama Choma (Simple Kenyan Grilled Meat) with Kachumbari Salad (Gluten-free, Primal, Paleo, Keto)

  • Servings: 6
  • Difficulty: Easy

3-4 lbs bone-in goat, lamb, or beef pieces (leg, shoulder, short ribs, or combination), cut into 2” chunks
1 lemon, cut into wedges
coarse sea salt or kosher salt to taste

1. Rub the meat all over with the lemon juice, then pat dry using paper towels; generously salt the meat and set aside.

2. Prepare your grill for indirect medium-heat grilling by banking the coals to one side for a charcoal grill, or turning off the burners on one side. Place the goat pieces on the cool side of the grill, fattiest-side-up, and grill until the meat registers at least 140F on an instant-read thermometer, about 35 minutes.

3. Transfer the meat to the hot side of the grill and grill until crispy, about 3 minutes per side. Season with more salt to taste, then serve with Sukuma Wiki, Ugali, and Kachumbari.

Kachumbari Salad:
Serves: 4 as a side
Prep time: 10 mins
Cook time: 20 mins

½ red onion, diced (about ½ cup chopped)
2 tomatoes, diced (about 1 cup chopped)
1 spicy chile pepper (habanero, piri piri, serrano, or similar), diced
1 small handful cilantro, chopped (about 2 tbsp chopped)
½ tsp salt, more to taste
juice of ½ lime (about 1 tbsp)

1. Soak the onion in cold water for 10 minutes, then drain and pat dry.

2. In a large mixing bowl, combine the ingredients. Season with salt to taste, then cover and refrigerate for 20 minutes before serving.

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14 thoughts on “Nyama Choma (Simple Kenyan Grilled Meat) with Kachumbari Salad

  1. I think this is my favorite full meal setup you’ve posted! Every dish was delicious. Ok “delicious” might be a stretch for ugali, but it was certainly hearty and fit in well with the other super-flavorful stuff!


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