Shish kebab

Shish kebab

By Food E Fare

Shish kebab, also spelled "shish kabab" or "kebab," is a popular dish in various cuisines, especially Middle Eastern and Mediterranean. The term "shish" is derived from the Turkish word for "skewer," and "kebab" refers to a dish of grilled or roasted meat. Shish kebabs typically consist of marinated and skewered meat, often interspersed with vegetables, and then grilled to perfection.Here's a basic overview of how shish kebabs are typically prepared:


  • Meat (common choices include beef, lamb, chicken, or even fish)
  • Vegetables (such as bell peppers, onions, cherry tomatoes, mushrooms)
  • Marinade (made with olive oil, garlic, lemon juice, herbs, and spices)
  • Skewers (wooden or metal)


Prepare the Marinade:

  • In a bowl, mix together olive oil, minced garlic, lemon juice, herbs (such as oregano, thyme, or rosemary), salt, and pepper to create a flavorful marinade.

Prepare the Meat:

  • Cut the meat into bite-sized cubes. For beef or lamb, cuts like sirloin or leg of lamb work well. For chicken, you can use boneless, skinless breasts or thighs.

Marinate the Meat:

  • Coat the meat cubes thoroughly with the marinade. Cover the bowl and let the meat marinate for at least 30 minutes to allow the flavors to penetrate.

Prepare the Vegetables:

  • Cut the vegetables into chunks that are similar in size to the meat cubes. Common choices include bell peppers, onions, cherry tomatoes, and mushrooms.


  • Thread the marinated meat and vegetables onto skewers, alternating between the meat and vegetables to create a balanced and visually appealing presentation.


  • Preheat the grill to medium-high heat. Grill the shish kebab, turning occasionally, until the meat is cooked to your desired level of doneness and the vegetables are charred and tender.


  • Remove the skewers from the grill and serve the shish kebab hot. They can be served over rice, couscous, or with flatbread.


Optionally, garnish with additional herbs and serve with a side of yogurt-based sauce.

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