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Kabobs for Chicken Beef Shrimp Vegetable Fruit on Skewers Easy Grill

Updated on February 18, 2016

Easy Herb Chicken Vegetable Shish Kabob Dinner

So what 's it all about.

Shish Kabob or Kebab, or also kebap, kabab, kebob, kabob, kibob, kebhav, kephav, qabab is a particular dish which was originally developed in Persian, and is popularly used in many Middle Eastern countries. Those include Turkey, Iraq, Iran, Syria, Lebanon, and Greece. Now we can find Shish Kabob just about everywhere. Today this dish can be found at any cookout or backyard barbecue. For the most part, the idea of shish kabob usually brings the thought of a certain variety of meat with assorted vegetables and usually this is served over a bed of rice.

HOW TO:

The usual meats or proteins that are used for this dish are lamb, beef, chicken, pork, and fish or shrimp. These items are cut in chunks about one and a half inches and then usually marinated in different flavors of seasonings that are desired. Many times there are assorted vegetables also cut in chunks and served with the protein. The basic translation of kebab seems to be "cooked meat in small pieces," from the Arabic, or basically different types of meats cut in chunks and grilled on a stick either for each individual or a large stick and then the meat is sliced and served to all. Of course this dish can be grilled on a charcoal or gas grill or over the fire, or even many times cooked in a broiler in your over, indoors.

Well this is what we usually think of as Shish Kabob, but actually this is only one type of shish kabob! I'm about to tell you about all the fun types of treats you can cook and serve for your family or friends. You are in for a treat! Or perhaps a wonderful great looking, great tasting meal to prepare and serve. The best part is that it it's an easy meal!

Beef

Lamb

Chicken

Shrimp Scallops Seafood

Pork

Vegetables

Fruit

Shish Kabobs Herbal Tools Spices Recipies

THE SKEWERS

The skewers that are usually used are bamboo. These can be bought in quantity. If the type of shish kabob you will be having will be cooked, then be sure to soak them in warm water for 30 minutes before you use them. This is to prevent them from burning as you are grilling. There are many other types of skewers on the market. If you are fond of metal skewers, use stainless steel ones as they are not harmful to your health and can be reusable. But one crucial thing is to spray them with vegetable oil prior to using them.

THE SPICES

Some of the spices you might like to use in the different varieties of meat might be cumin, coriander, paprika, garlic, and vinegar. You also might like to just use a prepared marinade from the grocery store. There are so many great ones available that it is easy to choose one to try. One of our favorites in our family is teriaki.

THE MARINATE

One of the most important preparations to do is to marinate the meat. Prior to marinating, always be certain to completely wash your meat and vegetables or clean your fish or shrimp well. Usually I like to place the food in a bowl with a cover or a plastic bag with your choice of spices and or marinade. Always place your food in the refrigerator to keep your food safe. You will want to marinate your meat or poultry or fish for at least an hour or more. The process of marinating your items before cooking will not only flavor the food, but help to keep it moist.

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How to use an "Herb Brush" from your own Garden

Many herb enthusiast's who grow their own herbs, flowers and produce, do so with the intent to enhance their barbecuing experience as well. Many have found that the herbs stem of a rosemary, basil or sage bush are extremely rich in oils, perfect to use as a rub, baste or to even skewer meat. What once was just a backyard pleasure has now kicked it up a notch turning a barbecue experience into a backyard culinary delight!

If you have ever tried your hand at grilled kabob's, you may just want to take a fresh look at shish kabobs skewers produced straight from your very own herb garden plants.

Certain herb bushes have an unusually, long straight stem. The best herbs to grow are rosemary, bay, sage, oregano and tarragon. First of all, they are basically free and second; the wood of the herbs stem contains oils of the herb, which makes it perfect to season your meat on a flavored skewer from the inside out.

When your grilled kabobs are basted with an herb brush, the leaves of the herb sprig become "bruised" when heated. This lets out the natural oils of the plant, therefore it makes it delectably charming to your meats! Essentially you are making herb oil.

You will want to be on the look out for the strong, stiff stems that have hardened enough to hold up under the weight of your BBQ kabobs. To make it easier to puncture your meat or produce, whittle the stiffer end of the herbs stem into a point. A rosemary skewer is particularly great for fast-cooking barbecue vegetables.

A traditional barbecue brush can be costly to replace, it you are constantly barbecuing. Why not use an herb brush you have created from your very own home herb garden instead. However, a word of warning, once you taste the difference of this method of grilling kabobs with an herb brush, your grilling experience will never taste quite the same. You will want to make a new herb brush each time you barbecue, so be sure to leave enough material in your herb garden for future pickings.

Kabobs are a favorite grilling dish and have the advantage that they are easily customized to the individual tastes. If you have kids with picky tastes, provide them with assorted choices and let them build their own kabobs.

Herbs

Marinade

Spices

Sauces

Beef Lamb Shish Kabobs

Beef.

Beef has become a mainstay of shish kabob, but that's just the beginning. Cooks have experimented with wonderfully surprising flavor combination such as red wine, flavored oils of various kinds and Japanese or Hawaiian teriyaki sauce. Usually a beef shish kabob uses sirloin cuts, because the chunks grill well and hold together with the vegetables on the skewer.

Lamb

Shepherds of the Middle Eastern region probably originated this dish by roasting pieces of lamb on skewers over an open fire. Traditionally the lamb pieces are marinated in olive oil, spices and herbs such as salt, pepper, oregano or mint and garlic. Today's version typically alternates thick chunks of lamb with large mushrooms, green peppers, red or white onions and cherry tomatoes or slices of medium tomatoes. The marinades have changed, however. Regional variations include marinating the lamb in a yogurt-based sauce to produce something similar to Indian tandoori flavors.

Chicken Pepper Onion Tomato Shish Kabob Grill

Chicken.

Talk about creativity! The mild flavor of white meat chicken becomes an expansive canvas for adventurous cooks when it comes to making shish kabob. Some cooks go for a single intense flavor, such as teriyaki sauce or garlic oil. Other chefs get really creative with imaginative combination such as a spicy "shish taouk" featuring lemon juice, olive oil, garlic, cumin, black pepper and cayenne pepper; a Japanese "yakitori" version with soy sauce, sake, molasses and grated onion or a tropical island touch with pineapple juice mixed with dry mustard, brown sugar and soy sauce.

Herb Fruit Vegetable Shish Kabobs

Don't forget about Desert.

You can very easily prepare Fruit Deserts out of many different kinds of fruit cut in chunks.

You can have the kids help make then or your guests.

Then you can either sprinkle with simple syrup and grill lightly, or just eat them fresh off the stick!

They make for a fun simple snack too!

Shrimp Seafood Vegetable Shish Kabobs

Shrimp. and Seafood

A classic Australian shrimp shish kabob uses no vegetables at all, just plump seafood brushed with oil or other savory seasonings and grilled lightly. Another version marinates a pound of shrimp in olive oil mixed with lemon, pepper, garlic and chopped parsley for two hours. Then the shrimp are grilled for just five minutes. Another variation marinates the shrimp in teriyaki sauce for 30 minutes, and then alternates the shrimp with chunks of yellow squash, sprinkles all with ginger and grills lightly.

Fruit or vegetable kabobs.

A fruit or vegetable shish kabob makes a savory feast for many vegetarians. Those who love vegetable shish kabob simply cut up their favorites, season as desired, thread onto a skewer and grill until the veggies are tender but still crisp. Seasonings can range from teriyaki sauce, soy sauce or pineapple to a flavored oil whisked together with salt, pepper and herbs and spices. The same goes for fruit, especially big sweet chunks of pineapple and other tropical delights.

Are Shish Kabobs popular in your home?

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      Coffeebreak9am 4 years ago

      @AdamzPg: I know...they are really cool! Thank you for your visit!

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      AdamzPg 4 years ago

      I love the flexible skewers!

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      AnimalHouse 4 years ago

      We all love Shish Kabobs.

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      Robert Zimmerman 5 years ago from SE Florida, USA

      What a bunch of great ideas, thanks!

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      David Gardner 5 years ago from San Francisco Bay Area, California

      Yum, yum, yum, yum, YUM! We didn't do too much barbequing and shishkabobs when we lived in New Mexico... but when we traveled to Guam, we learned about all the goodies we could cook on grills over tangentangen fires -- and shishkabobs were the way we prepared our steak, chicken, and shrimp with mushrooms, small-onions or sliced onions, bell peppers, pineapple chunks, and marinated in the tropical-style teriyaki-sauce ... awesomely delicious ... Congratulations on a Squidoo masterpiece!

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      Steve Dizmon 5 years ago from Nashville, TN

      Love Kabobs with lots of variety. Good recipes. Enjoyed the lens.

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      missraine 5 years ago

      I haven't had any in quite a while. Thinking about having some soon.

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      entertainmentev 5 years ago

      Great ideas! I've never made a Shish Kabob but, I'm going to try. I think I need to pick up the Shish Kabob Set.

      Great lens!

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      journey103 6 years ago from USA

      Oh my...love it...gotta have some this weekend!

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      ellagis 6 years ago

      I like kebab very much, and..... mmmm, your lens made me hungry!!!! :)

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      Jennifer Alison Emmer 6 years ago from San Jose, California

      I am drooling. I think I need to go buy a hibachi! ;-)

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      great lens. I always make the fruit kebabs for my parties

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      Coffeebreak9am 6 years ago

      @garyrh1: Thank you for stopping by...

      For steak I like to mix together, olive oil, soy sauce, and steak seasoning, such as "Montreal or Canadian" type seasonings...(salt, pepper, red pepper, garlic...) and brush on beef for 20 minutes or more.

      For Chicken, I like honey teriyaki sauce.

      For Shrimp, I would go with garlic and lemon.

      I would just be creative with your personal tastes.also. :)

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      garyrh1 6 years ago

      That's great. Any great marinade recipe for shish kabobs?

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      WorldVisionary 6 years ago

      I haven't made them, but I love to eat them. Yum! Thumbs up.