40 Skewer Recipes That Will Impress Every Guest at Your Cookout
Your grill called. It’s bored. Instead of cooking the same old burgers, hot dogs and chicken breasts at your next summer cookout, it’s time to try something new, like shrimp boil skewers or strawberry shortcake kebabs. The options are endless (and best of all, many are ready in less than an hour). Moral of the story: Everything is better on a stick. Read on for 40 skewer recipes that will impress all of your barbecue guests.
1. Rainbow Vegetable Skewers
Your kids will love to help you assemble them. They’re basically impossible to burn too, since there’s only one type of vegetable per skewer—as long as the pieces are roughly the same size, they should cook for the same time.
2. Grilled Caprese Skewers with Halloumi and Sourdough
Because no one wins friends with salad, we spiced up this crowd-pleaser by swapping mild mozz for tangy halloumi cheese and adding bread to the mix.
3. Shrimp Boil Skewers with Corn, Sausage and Potatoes
And you thought a mess-free seafood boil was impossible. This take is ridiculously low-maintenance and requires minimal cleanup. Just put some newspaper down on the picnic table and dig in.
10. Chicken Kebabs with Garlic Lemon Yogurt
The key to the poultry’s flavor is baharat, a Middle Eastern spice blend that typically includes herbs and warm spices like dried mint, oregano, cinnamon, coriander, cumin and nutmeg.
14. Fajita Chicken Kebabs
Who needs tortillas? Fajitas are only as epic as their fillings, and this lime-kissed chicken is bold enough to hold its own.
15. Simple Caprese Skewers with Balsamic Dipping Sauce
Salad just…tastes better in the form of finger food. Especially when it’s dunked in sweet balsamic-mustard sauce.
16. 30-Minute Sweet Thai Chili Salmon Skewers
Sophisticated, yet oh so simple. Serve this half-hour gem with a side of coconut rice and lime wedges.
19. Grilled Hawaiian Teriyaki Chicken Skewers
Might we suggest going all-out on the island-inspired front and swapping in Spam for chicken?
23. Easy Mediterranean Shrimp Kebabs
We’re betting you have just about every ingredient you need in your kitchen right now. These kebabs take about 45 minutes from start to finish, but most of that is marinating time.
25. Grilled Steak Skewers with Balsamic Marinade
Steak and potatoes have never been easier to whip up. Plate it with Caesar or caprese salad.
29. Grilled Asian Garlic Steak Skewers
A flourish of sliced scallions and sesame seeds makes any dish look ten times more appetizing. Serve these with white rice.
30. Sausage and Pepper Skewers
The recipe calls for spicy Italian sausages, but you can use mild, chicken sausage or even bratwurst or kielbasa.
33. Rosemary Sage Pork Skewers
If you’re using wooden skewers, be sure to soak them in water for at least half an hour before using, so the wood doesn’t catch fire on the grill or in the oven.
34. Pesto Chicken Caesar Salad with Tomatoes and Burrata
Proof that Caesar salad can be far from boring with the right toppings. (P.S.: We have serious feelings about the Parmesan tahini dressing.)
35. Mediterranean Salmon Kebabs
Dunk them in tzatziki, hummus, tahini, lemony Greek yogurt—the condiment shelf is your oyster.
37. Bacon-Wrapped Teriyaki Chicken Skewers
We have a feeling your kids will go gaga for these puppies at your next cookout.
38. Grilled Chicken Kebabs with Apricot Glaze
The trick to the sauce’s sticky sweetness? A generous amount (like, a whole jar) of apricot preserves.