15 Best Skewers and Kabobs for Easy Summer Grilling
Need a quick and easy grilled dish that can be endlessly customized with meats, vegetables, and fruits to suit any appetite? Kabobs (aka skewers) are the answer! Here are just a few of our favorite kabob recipes — there's something here for every palate. For more ideas, browse our complete collection of grilled skewers and kabob recipes.
Beef Satay is a Thai appetizer skewer that always disappears first. Tender cubes of sirloin are marinated in an aromatic mix of ginger, garlic, onion, brown sugar, fish sauce, soy, coriander, cumin, and turmeric. Serve it with a Peanut Dipping Sauce, and stand back while the crowd goes wild. Watch the video to learn how to make this flavorful dish.
Chicken Souvlaki with Tzatziki Sauce
This Greek-inspired chicken kabob recipe includes an easy cucumber yogurt sauce called tzatziki. Reviewers recommend squeezing the moisture out of the cucumbers so the sauce doesn't get too watery.
BBQ Teriyaki Pork Kabobs
Tender cubes of boneless pork loin are marinated in garlic and soy sauce then glazed as they grill with homemade teriyaki sauce.
Chef John's Grilled Garlic and Herb Shrimp
Shrimp are marinated in a garlic and herb paste then skewered for a tasty shrimp kabob. The key to this dish is using the largest shrimp available so they can stay on the grill for a long time without overcooking. If this has your mouth watering, you'll love our top-rated grilled shrimp recipes.
Grilled Tofu Skewers with Sriracha Sauce
Not all kabobs need to feature meat. This skewer is perfect for vegetarians and features marinated tofu and vegetables. Make sure to buy extra firm tofu and drain it well before skewering; otherwise, it will fall off the sticks.
Rosemary Ranch Chicken Kabobs
With 2,000+ rave reviews, this is one of our most popular kabob recipes. And it's so incredibly simple. Chicken cubes are marinated in ranch dressing, Worcestershire sauce, rosemary, and lemon juice, then quickly grilled for a super-quick dish. Reviewer SusanD112 says, "My husband and I would give them 10 stars if we could."
Grilled "Tandoori" Lamb
Chef John says, "Here, 'tandoori' refers to the yogurt-based, aromatically spiced marinade that can be used on grilled, broiled, or baked meat. You can adjust the spices to your own personal preferences. Serve with flatbread or rice and cilantro chutney." And you know Chef John always has good advice.
Mamita's Mojito Scallop Kabobs with Stuffed Tomatoes
Shrimp aren't the only seafood that can be skewered. Try other varieties, like these scallops, marinated in a mojito-inspired dressing. Follow Soup Loving Nicole's advice and double the marinade, but only let them sit for a few hours – otherwise, you'll end up with ceviche.
Grilled Salmon Skewers
Chunks of salmon are glazed with homemade teriyaki sauce and grilled for a quick appetizer or main dish. Reviewer Jill says, "I tested this recipe last night and it was a hit! I'll definitely be serving this at our Luau party next week. It's a fairly mild marinade that doesn't overwhelm the salmon."
Lemongrass Ground Beef Skewers
Lemongrass adds a citrusy, minty flavor to the meatballs in this simple, money-saving recipe made with ground beef. If you can't find lemongrass in the produce section of your market, feel free to substitute chives and green onions. Reviewer Marcie did, and she said it was great.
Yummy Honey Chicken Kabobs
"This is a very tasty and versatile recipe! I haven't had any trouble with a lack of flavor. In fact, the other night I made this last minute, and it only marinated about 30 minutes and was still delicious." — HBAnderson
Grilled Tequila-Lime Shrimp
"This was great. The marinade didn't overpower the shrimp but still added a nice flavor. Great for a light summer barbecue with chips and guacamole for an appetizer and a nice margarita on the side to complement. I'll be making this again and suspect it will be a frequent meal in the hot summer Texas heat!" — DAWNC
Hawaiian Chicken Kabobs
"Oh my! These are absolutely delicious! I've made these twice now with excellent results, and it's now become one of my husband's favorites," Jillian says. "I skewered the meat separate from fruit and veggies as they cook at different rates. I love it when so few simple ingredients combine to create something really special. This was wonderful served with rice!"
Sausage and Bell Pepper Kebabs
"One of my favorite sausage meals," recipe creator nweqjohn says. "Perfect for grilling with kids." Rosemary, thyme, oregano, and parsley flavor this simple recipe.
Moroccan Lamb Kabobs
"Absolutely sensational. My husband, who loves lamb, couldn't resist taking thirds. The raisins add such a bright accent to the meat. Don't skimp on using goat cheese. It definitely adds to the flavor," FaizahB says.