How to Make Skewers Successful Every BBQ

By on September 22, 2018 in Grilling Recipes with 0 Comments

Learning how to make skewers is really simple and easy, try combining lean protein and bold flavors to be the king of the barbecue.

In this age of microwaves and induction cook tops, few foods feel more primal and effortless than meat on a stick. Skewer some protein and throw it on the barbecue and you’ve immediately boosted your primal instinct.

how to make skewers

Learn how to make Skewers

But give kebabs a bit more attention a homemade marinade, some well chosen add-ons and a sauce alongside and you’ve gone from caveman to culinary renaissance man.

You have a smorgasbord of options to explore here: stick to the classics by marinating lamb in yogurt with Indian spices and paring it with a classic combo of zucchini, capsicum and onion. Soak beef in a teriyaki marinade and skewer it alongside Japanese style accents, such as spring onions and pickled ginger. Or try citrus-spiked prawns with the Italian triumvirate of prosciutto, tomato and basil.

The trick to learning how to make skewers is by mixing and matching proteins, vegetables, marinades and sauces, you can create the taste you crave most. When it comes to meat on a stick, you’re in charge of your own delicious destiny.

  1. Pick your Protein
  2. For four serves, start with around 750 grams of meat or seafood cut into 2.5 cm Chunks. Kebabs cook through quickly, so crank your barbecue to high for a good sear.

Chicken Go with boneless, skinless breasts and/or thighs (breast meat is leaner, thigh meat has more flavor).

Cooking time : about five minutes.

Beef Blade, shoulder top blade and skirt steaks have the best balance of tenderness and beefy essence.

Cooking time : about 2-4 minutes for medium rare.

Tuna: Think of tuna as s teak of the sea. It’s a perfect fish to serve rare, letting the marinade flavors shine through.

Cooking time: about two minutes for rare.

Lamb: Its bold flavor stands up to a spicy marinade. Pick boneless leg or cutlets for maximum tenderness.

Cooking time: about 2-4 minutes for medium rare

Prawns: The look best on the skewer if they’re whole. For the right size mouthful, Seek out green king prawn tails that are shelled and deveined. You can tell they-re cooked when they’re firm and pink with a bit of char.

Cooking time about 3 -4 minutes.

Try these Skewers

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Choose your marinade

When you start to look at how to make skewers, you work out pretty quickly its not just about meat on a stick Small chunks of protein can absorb a marinade’s flavor in just an hour. Reserve some marinade before you add the protein and serve it at the table for extra juiciness

Curried yogurt

1 cup full fat yoghurt + 1 tsp curry powder + 1 tsp salt + 1/2 tsp ground black pepper.

Lemon pepper

1/2 cup olive oil + 1 tsp grated lemon zest + 1/4 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice + 2 finely chopped garlic cloves + 1 tsp salt + 1 tsp ground black pepper.


1 tsp minced garlic + 1 tsp minced fresh ginger + 1/2 cup soy sauce + 1 tbsp sugar.

Spicy Moroccan

In a blender puree 1 jar of roasted red capsicum + 3 tbsp olive oil + 3 garlic cloves + 2 tsp chilli flakes + 1 tsp each of salt, ground cumin and coriander.

Black olive and caper

1.2 cup finely chopped and pitted kalamata olives + 1/2 cup olive oil + 1/4 cup chopped capers + 3 minced garlic cloves + 1 tbsp lemon juice + 1/2 tsp ground black pepper.

Now Mix it up

Have fun experimenting with add-ons. Cut them into pieces as needed, then thread them onto skewers, alternating with the meat or seafood.


This classic combo is a nod to Italy and to summer. Skewer 1.5 cm zucchini slices through the skin so they don’t spin as you turn the kebabs.


Wrap a slice of prosciutto around a cherry tomato before skewering and alternate with the meat and while basil leaves.

Okra/Smoked Bacon

Bacon crisps up nicely on the barbecue, adding a smoky not to green okra.

Green Bean/potato/Mushroom

These add ons elevate kebabs to a full-blown meal. Use halved button or portobello mushrooms, along with baby new potatoes that have been boiled for 15 minutes and then halved.

Spring onions/pickled ginger

These ingredients add instant sweet and savory Asian flavors. Use them with steak for a version of the Japanese beef dish negimaki, with tuna, the result is almost like grilled sushi.

There you go, simple tips for how to make skewers successful every time you have a BBQ.

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