Kokoreç is a dish of the Balkans, Azerbaijan, Iranian Azerbaijan and Turkey consisting of lamb or goat intestines wrapped around seasoned offal, including sweetbreads, hearts, lungs, or kidneys, and typically grilled. A variant consists of chopped innards cooked on a griddle. The intestines of suckling lambs are preferred.

How is it made?

The offal, along with some fat, is washed and cut into ½ to ¾-inch thick pieces, and lightly seasoned with lemon, olive oil, oregano, salt, pepper, and sometimes garlic. The intestines are turned inside out and carefully washed, then rubbed with salt and often soaked in vinegar or lemon juice and water.

The filling meats are threaded onto a long skewer and wrapped with the intestine to hold them together, forming a compact roll usually about 16–24 inches long by 1½–3 inches in diameter.

Kokoreç - a delicacy for offal lovers
The filling meats are threaded onto a long skewer

How is it cooked?

Kokoreç is usually roasted on a horizontal skewer over a charcoal, gas, or electrical burner, and may be basted with lemon juice and olive oil.

Kokoreç - a delicacy for offal lovers
Roasting on a horizontal skewer

A quite different preparation mixes the chopped innards with chopped tomatoes and green peppers, and then cooks them on a large griddle with hot red pepper and oregano added. The cook constantly mixes and chops the mixture using two spatulas. When done, the dish is kept warm aside on the griddle until someone orders a serving.

Kokoreç - a delicacy for offal lovers
Chopped and cooked on a griddle

How is it eaten?

The cooked kokoreç is chopped or sliced, sprinkled with oregano, and served on a plate. Sometimes it is served on a piece of flatbread. Some add tomatoes or spices in it.

Kokoreç - a delicacy for offal lovers

It may also be served in half a baguette, plain or garnished, almost always with oregano and red pepper.  Commonside dishes are pickled peppers or cucumbers. It is often seasoned with lemon, oregano, salt, a pepper, and typically accompanied by wine or raki.

Kokoreç - a delicacy for offal lovers

Fast food

Kokoreç is one of the most consumed fast foods in Turkey. Most of it is prepared, cooked and sold in small kiosks year-round, and is usually consumed as a sandwich after having alcohol.

It is also served in some restaurants.

Kokoreç - a delicacy for offal lovers
Kokoreç is served in some restaurants

Whilst the Turks are addicted to their Kokoreç, the thought of it can make some foreigners recoil. For those brave enough to try, it is surprisingly subtle and tasty.

Afiyet olsun.

Where can I get Kokoreç in Fethiye?

There are a number of places you can eat Kokoreç in Fethiye. Search for Kokorec Fethiye in Google Maps to find a restaurant near you.

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