The Best Kebab Recipes: Our Favorite Grilled Foods on a Stick
There isn't just one way to create a kebab. Kebabs can contain multiple cuts of beef and pork, simply chicken, or just shrimp or cubed salmon. Some of the best kebabs are free of meat entirely: Our roasted okra and thyme skewers attest to that. Whichever kebab you choose, the skewers are cooked under a broiler or charred to perfection on a hot grill. There are a few tips and tricks you should know before you fire up the grill.
While we prefer to use metal skewers, as these can be washed and reused and are more durable than wooden options. There are other skewer options beyond metal, wood, and bamboo: Our swordfish, potato, and onion skewers are roasted on a stick of rosemary, which adds extra flavor and a wonderful aroma. In addition to selecting complementary proteins and vegetables, swapping out a traditional skewer for an herb stem could bring a new level of delicious complexity to a kebab.
Some of our kebab recipes include elements that are broken up on separate skewers, like this Saffron Chicken Kebabs recipe where chicken is cooked on some skewers and onion and tomato wedges are cooked on others. This is because vegetables cook much faster than it takes to thoroughly cook a piece of meat or poultry. Some of the quickest cooking kebabs are meat-free: Fish cooks fast like in these delicious Spicy Grilled Shrimp (yes, shrimp always cooks quickly!) or these swordfish skewers.
There are plenty of options in this gallery. Use these beloved recipes to guide you towards perfection on a stick.
Lamb Kebabs with Herbed Yogurt
Ground lamb is spiced with cumin, coriander, and aleppo pepper for these flavorful lamb kebabs that are paired with a dill-parsley yogurt as a bright, refreshing accompaniment.
Swordfish, Potato, and Onion Skewers with Golden-Raisin Agrodolce
Grilled Kofta Kebabs
Grilled Chicken and Vegetable Skewers
Charred Okra and Fresh Thyme
Chorizo, Parsnip, and Olive Bites
Spicy Grilled Shrimp
Corn and Cotija Cheese Skewers
Run-of-the-mill chicken breasts become something special when marinated in lemon juice, garlic, and fresh oregano and grilled with plum tomatoes and red onions. Serve with charred pitas and our cucumber-heavy yogurt sauce (more cukes mean more crunch and fewer calories!).
Grilled Fish Kebabs with Shaved Zucchini
Padron Peppers Skewered with Chorizo
Blistered Padron peppers and smoky hot chorizo make an easy, delicious appetizer. Finish with a sprinkle of sea salt to bring out the flavors.
Grilled Beef Skewers with Zucchini and Mint
Serve grilled sirloin and zucchini over scallion-studded rice for a quick well-rounded meal. Top with fresh mint, red chile flakes, and lime wedges to complete the dish.
Red Onion, Pork, and Pineapple with Sriracha-Pineapple Marinade
Mushrooms, Red Peppers, and Beef with Balsamic-Rosemary Marinade
Beef Satay with Peanut-Ginger Ramen
Grilled Shrimp with Chimichurri
Tabbouleh and Lamb Kebabs
Mojo Pork Kebabs
Spiced Steak Kebabs
Give grilled shrimp a tropical twist by pairing it with pineapple. A marinade of honey, soy sauce, and rice vinegar gives the kebabs a salty-sweet snap.
Turkey Kebabs with Creamy Tomatillo Sauce
The wrap of our dreams stuffs whole-wheat pitas with charred turkey breast, pineapple, and red onion skewers and drizzles the whole shebang with a silky smooth tomatillo-buttermilk-avocado sauce.
Chicken Kebabs in Lettuce Cups
Garlic-Chipotle Beef Kebabs
Pork and Snap Pea Kebabs with Ginger-Hoisin Glaze
Flank Steak Kebabs with Peanut Sauce
The luscious coconut milk-peanut sauce that accompanies these beef-and-veggie kebabs is a game-changer.