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15 Quick & Easy Kebab Recipes

Many cultures utilize kebabs and we’ve got tons of examples!
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One fun way to switch up a recipe is to put it on a stick! Kebabs and skewers can be made up of almost any food and can be cooked in the oven or on the grill. Most only need a small cooking time since they are smaller in size. This also means they can be dipped and eaten without any silverware (maybe even no plates too!). We've rounded up some kebab recipe combinations that are flavorful and fast to make. Just remember to soak wooden skewers before using them!

Grilled Fruit Kebabs

Healthy grilled fruit kebabs with yogurt and honey
Mitch Mandel and Thomas MacDonald

Kebabs and skewers aren't only for appetizers and dinner anymore. This dessert is sweet and filling without any added sugars and can be customized with thicker, firm-flesh fruits that are in season like mangoes, peaches, apricots, pineapple, and even watermelon.

Get our recipe for Grilled Fruit Kebabs.

Red Curry Pork Kebabs

Healthy red curry pork kebab
Mitch Mandel and Thomas MacDonald

Flavors like coconut milk, Thai red curry, and peanut butter make these kebabs full of flavor without sacrificing calories (one has only 240!). Stack the pork loin, bell pepper, and onion and cook for only 3 to 4 minutes per side on the grill.

Get our recipe for Red Curry Pork Kebabs.

Whole30 Chicken Kababs

whole30 chicken kababs over celeriac rice on a plate
Posie Brien/Eat This, Not That!

Who says you have to eat boring foods on the Whole30 diet? Preparing chicken skewers with olive oil and serving with cauliflower rice or even parsnip or carrot rice gives you a great meal that doesn't mess with the rules of Whole30.

Get our recipe for Whole30 Chicken Kababs.

Lamb Kofte Kebabs with Tahini Garlic Sauce

lamb kebabs on a plate with pomegranate seeds and fresh veggies

Impress anyone with the lamb, za'atar skewers on the stick or even served with rice, lettuce, tomatoes, red onion, and pita bread. Round them out with the fresh tahini sauce poured on top or on the side to dip in.

Get our recipe for Lamb Kofte Kebabs with Tahini Garlic Sauce.

Garam Masala Chicken Skewers

garam masala chicken skewers with dip on wood serving board
Waterbury Publications, Inc.

Paired with a jalapeño, Greek yogurt, cilantro, and cumin dip, these warm chicken skewers pack in 12 grams of fiber and only 3 grams of fat. Broiling them before serving also adds a surprising and delicious crunch.

Get our recipe for Garam Masala Chicken Skewers.

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Tandoori Chicken Skewers

tandoori chicken skewers with lemon slices on pita

Craving something with a kick yet filling? This chicken kebab recipe is easy to make and super filling when paired with some warmed pita bread.

Get our recipe for Tandoori Chicken Skewers.

Churrasco Skewers

beef skewers

The citrusy marinade combined with the spicy and tangy chimichurri sauce gives these skewers a flavor typical of South American cuisine. Pair with potatoes, vegetables or rice for a meal.

Get our recipe for Churrasco Skewers.

Grilled Tuna Skewers

Low-calorie tuna satay skewers
Mitch Mandel and Thomas MacDonald

Satisfy those who don't eat meat but do eat fish with this protein-packed tuna kebab recipe that is filled with flavors like coconut milk, garlic, peanut butter, soy sauce, lime, and sriracha.

Get our recipe for Grilled Tuna Skewers.

Hoisin Beef Skewers

Hoisin beef kebab
Mitch Mandel and Thomas MacDonald

Hoisin sauce is thick and made of garlic, chilies, sugar, soybeans and other spices. It is vegan and makes these beef kebabs juicy and rich in taste.

Get our recipe for Hoisin Beef Skewers.

Grilled Sweet Potato Kebabs

sweet potato kebab
Courtesy of The Yummy Life

These work best with metal skewers since the potatoes are hard before cooking. But once they're assembled they're easy to customize with different spices and herbs!

Get the recipe from The Yummy Life.

Hawaiian Chicken Kebabs

hawaiian chicken kebab
Courtesy of Cooking Classy

There's no debate about whether or not pineapple belongs on these kebabs—they actually make the recipe stand out! The ketchup, brown sugar, soy sauce, pineapple and olive oil marinade doubles as a sauce for the pineapple, onion, bell pepper, and chicken skewers for a deliciously tropical dish.

Get the recipe from Cooking Classy.

Steak Kebabs with Basil Sauce

steak kebab
Courtesy of Chelsea's Messy Apron

You'll have these juicy and colorful kebabs plus the basil, lemon, garlic and shallot sauce, in less than 40 minutes. Compared to other longer marinades, this one only needs 30 minutes and 6-9 minutes on the grill.

Get the recipe from Chelsea's Messy Apron.

Asian Steak Kebabs

asian steak kebabs
Courtesy of Julies Eats and Treats

Honey, soy sauce, ginger, and garlic join together to give the steak a juicy and sweet and sour taste. It's the perfect dish to combine with some rice and veggies for a complete meal.

Get the recipe from Julie Eats Sweets and Treats.

Fajita Chicken Kebabs

fajita chicken kebabs
Courtesy of Well Plated

Serve these for a less messy way to enjoy fajitas with rice and tortillas. They're also great for dipping into guacamole, sour cream and/or salsa!

Get the recipe from Well Plated.

Greek Chicken Kebabs with Tzatziki Sauce

grilled chicken kebabs
Courtesy of Cooking Classy

These skewers combine traditional Greek favorites with a fun way to cook and eat them. Red bell peppers, zucchini, onion, plus the cucumber, Greek yogurt and lemon juice in the Tzatziki sauce, make this dish refreshing and filling.

Get the recipe from Cooking Classy.

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