Kabob Secrets 101

Kabob Secrets 

  • Keep all ingredients about the same size so they cook evenly. That meansvegetables and fruit should be cut to the same size as shrimp, or pieces of chicken, beef, or pork. It’s most important that the meat cook properly, so choose the correct sizes.

  • If you’re cooking foods with very different cooking times (like pork and cherry tomatoes), keep the same foods on one skewer. Make skewers with just pork cubes, and skewers with just cherry tomatoes. Cherry tomatoes, which cook in about 2 minutes, will overcook in the time it takes to cook pork, which is about 10 minutes. Serve one skewer of each food to your guests; the can slip the food off the skewers and combine them on their plates.

  • Metal skewers are best for foods that take longer than 5 minutes to cook.

  • Bamboo skewers should be soaked in water for 30 minutes before adding the food so they don’t burn in the intense heat. They are best for foods with only brief cooking times, such as fruits, pound cake, or shrimp. Discard these skewers after cooking.

  • Sturdy herb stems, such as rosemary, make good skewers for some foods. You may need to push a hole through the food with a metal skewer before threading the food on an herb stem. This type of skewer is best for foods that cook quickly.

  • If you’re making shrimp kabobs, push the shrimp very close to one another so they’re stacked up. The shrimp will stay moist and tender even on the extreme grill temperatures as they cook to perfection.

  • Watch kabobs carefully on the grill, and turn them frequently. Put the kabobs on the grill, then let stand for 2 minutes or until they release easily from the grate.

  • Be sure the grill is clean, hot, and well oiled so the food will release easily.

  • If you brush the kabobs with a marinade while they cook, discard any unused marinade at the end of cooking time. And give the kabobs a chance to cook for 2 to 3 minutes after the last marinade application to kill any bacteria. This is called “cooking off” the marinade.

  • For foods that can twirl on the grill, like shrimp, use two skewers, parallel to each other, to pierce the food.

  • Use tongs to move the skewers around on the grill. Or you can use a hot pad or a kitchen glove made to protect your hands from intense heat.

  • Warn your guests to be careful of the metal skewers; they hold heat for a while after they are removed from the grill. Offer hot pads or napkins to your guests so they can hold the skewer and slide the food off with a fork or knife.


The best cut of beef for kebabs is definitely filet mignon. Other excellent beef options include Porterhouse, and if it looks good at the butcher or in the meat counter, also try a rib-eye. They all grill nicely and don’t require a marinade to make them tender.

Place meat cubes on skewers, about 4-6 pieces per stick. 4) Prepare the grill for direct grilling over medium heat (350-450 degrees) and allow it to preheat for 10-15 minutes. Brush the cooking grate clean. Grill the Kabobs over direct medium heat turning once or twice.

 Kabobs, or kebabs, are simply pieces of meat, vegetables, or fruit threaded on skewers, then broiled or grilled until the food is slightly charred, but juicy and tender. These easy recipes are wonderful for summer entertaining. But there are tips and tricks to making the best kabobs. Read on to learn all about this classic summertime treat


Salmon Skewers of Love



Makes 4 servings

What’s in it??

2 medium-size fresh salmon filets
2 Tbsp fresh garlic
¼ cup extra virgin olive oil
1 tsp fresh basil
2 Tbsp fresh lemon juice
1 red pepper
2 green peppers
1 red onion
1 large Portobello mushroom
4 bamboo skewers

 Let’s Put It Together:

Skin the salmon and cut it into 1-inch pieces, if your fishmonger hasn’t already done the job for you.

Mix garlic, oil, basil and lemon juice in a bowl. Combine with salmon and refrigerate for 2 hours.

Place the skewers in cold water for 10 minutes before building them. (This will keep them from burning.)

Cut the veggies into 1-inch pieces.

Alternate the peppers, onions, mushrooms and salmon on skewers.

Place them in a hot oven at 375 degrees for 10 to 12 minutes.

Nutrition facts (per serving): calories 154, fat 7 g, protein 21 g, carbohydrates 16 g, fiber 8 g, sugars 5 g