15 Ways the World Does Grilled Kabobs and Skewers
Kebobs make grilling fun! If there's one thing the world can agree on, it's that food on a stick rules. Skewered food over fire, it's built into our DNA. Just about every food culture has its version of grilled food on a stick. We've gathered the best of the best! These versatile, top-rated kebab and skewer recipes will keep you grilling all season long. Here's how the world kebabs.
Turkish Chicken Kebabs
"I'd like to think that all the chicken coming off American grills this summer will be as tasty, juicy, and tender as these Turkish chicken kebabs," says Chef John. "By using a flavorful, yogurt-based marinade, like the one seen herein, even inexperienced grillers can produce impressive results. I'm not sure how 'Turkish' this is--it's loosely based on a lamb marinade I've used for a long time."
"Most people think of chunks of meat on a skewer when they think of kabobs, but here I'm showing the other style of kabob, also known as kofta," says Chef John. "Now that grilling season is upon us, this is definitely something you're going to work into the rotation. Serve with grilled pita bread and a blend of diced tomatoes, cucumbers, and red onions sprinkled with salt and olive oil, all topped with freshly chopped parsley and dried sumac."
Maui Wowie Shrimp
Saveur rates it 5 stars! "Wow-wee! Loved this shrimp," she raves. "I just mixed the mayo and lemon juice, garlic powder, and lemon pepper together, and marinated the shrimp for a couple of hours before skewering. Moist and delicious, this is one of my fave ways to prepare shrimp on the grill,"
Chorizo and Chicken Skewers
Spicy Spanish sausage flavors lean pieces of chicken breast meat and keeps everything moist and delicious. Marinade the chicken and sausage pieces in a simple mixture of sherry vinegar, olive oil, and seasonings before impaling them on a stick with red onions and red pepper.
Chicken Souvlaki with Tzatziki Sauce
These chicken kabobs feature tzatziki, an easy Greek-inspired cucumber and yogurt sauce. Cheryl King rates it 5 stars: "This recipe was amazing! We rarely please all three of our picky children with any recipe but this one was loved by all. We marinated and grilled not only chicken but pork salmon zucchini and yellow squash. Everything was absolutely yummy."
Chicken Kabobs Mexicana
Grilled "Tandoori" Lamb
A tandoor is a clay oven used in traditional Indian cooking. "Here, 'tandoori' refers to the yogurt-based, aromatically spiced marinade that can be used on grilled, broiled, or baked meat," says Chef John. "You can adjust the spices to your own personal preferences. Serve with flatbread or rice and cilantro chutney."
Jujeh Kabob (Persian Chicken Kabobs)
Before hitting the grill, Persian-inspired chicken kabobs take a bath in a zesty marinade of lime and lemon juice, saffron, and olive oil. "This is a classic Persian chicken kabob that is very delicious and tasty," says Reza Michael. "Serve with roasted tomatoes, fresh onions, sliced lemons, and rice."
Thai Spiced Barbecue Shrimp
A simple Thai-inspired marinade features lemon juice, soy sauce, Dijon mustard, garlic, brown sugar, and curry paste. "What a burst of flavors!" raves LIZCANCOOK. "Definitely has a kick."
Grilled Salmon Skewers
Salmon gets glazed with a simple homemade teriyaki sauce and grilled on skewers. "I'll definitely be serving this at our Luau party next week," says Jill. "It's a fairly mild marinade that doesn't overwhelm the salmon."
Moroccan Lamb Kabobs
Sweet and spicy lamb kabobs feature cayenne pepper and other Moroccan-inspired spices. "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.
Grilled Tequila-Lime Shrimp
Shrimp marinated with a zesty mixture of lime juice, tequila, garlic, cumin, and ground black pepper are grilled on skewers. "The mild undercurrent of hot goes nicely with the tequila and other spices," says dbcad.
"These kebabs have 6 different kinds of spices (coriander, cumin, cinnamon, allspice, cayenne pepper, and ground ginger)," says SRKELZ. "The first time I smelled them I knew immediately that I had to find the recipe. The most affordable way to purchase the spices is in bulk at either a health food store or an Asian or Middle-Eastern market. They are very good! Serve with yogurt, flat bread, lettuce, tomato and cucumber."
Shish Tawook Grilled Chicken
Chicken chunks marinate in yogurt, lemon juice, and popular Middle Eastern spices before being skewered with onions and bell peppers. "These are served in every restaurant in the Middle East," says Noor. "You can easily make them at home and make them taste just as good, if not better. Don't substitute sour cream for the yogurt, as the yogurt is a meat tenderizer."