Healthy Kabob Recipes for Your Next Cookout
Grilled Pork Skewers with Blueberry Barbecue Sauce
When you're learning how to make kabobs, pork kabobs should be at the top of your to-try list. These pork skewers are doubly flavorful thanks to a garlic-chili rub at the start and extra-rich blueberry-jalapeño sauce brushed on halfway through grilling (to avoid burning). Serve with fresh blueberry-corn salad, and you'll want summer cookouts to go on forever!
Grilled Fruit Kabobs
Fruit kabobs are a tasty, nutritious way to add a serving of fruit to your summer barbecue menu. Grilled pineapple, nectarines, and bananas are complemented by a zesty lime-cinnamon yogurt dipping sauce. Serve them for dessert after a meal filled with burgers, veggie kabobs, and other grilled goodies.
Grilled Bread and Veggie Kabobs
You don't have to leave vegetarians out of the fun when you're cooking out. Just include these kabob sticks loaded with veggies as part of your spread! Crusty bread, zucchini ribbons, mushrooms, and cherry tomatoes tossed in a garlicky herb-lemon oil make for a killer kabob. Serve with hummus or vinaigrette on the side.
Salmon Kabobs with Cucumber-Feta Salsa
Wait, you haven’t been serving your salmon with lemon? Get on board! Marinate salmon in white balsamic vinaigrette, then grill with lemon slices and serve with cucumber salad for a full meal filled with healthy fats. Not your average seafood kabobs, this recipe could give any burger or barbecue chicken a run for its money.
Top Sirloin Kabobs and Avocado Sauce
Beef kabobs are always at the top of our summer must-make list, and this recipe is our favorite. This seasoned sirloin kabob recipe is great on its own, but it’s next-level with a creamy cucumber-avocado sauce. Serve with grilled peppers and onions to add a healthy dose of veggies to this meat-lover's meal.
Five-Spice Beef Kabobs
Keep the Asian five-spice blend on hand so you can use it in stir-fries, fried rice, and so much more (not to mention beef kabobs!). Serve these easy kabobs with yogurt sauce, lime, and fresh mint. For an Asian-inspired side, serve carrot ribbons seasoned with more five-spice powder and a squeeze of lime juice.
Spicy Shrimp and Sugar Snap Pea Kabobs
A healthy kabob recipe is nothing without a generous drizzle of sauce. These spicy shrimp and sugar snap pea skewers are brushed with a sriracha-mayo-ginger mixture before grilling. Shrimp kabobs are a summertime staple, and this recipe featuring garden-fresh veggies proves it.
Greek Chicken Kabobs
Chicken kabobs look and taste their best when you start with chicken tenders—they're simple to thread on the skewers but also easy to slide off to add to a sandwich! This recipe is extra juicy thanks to fresh grape tomatoes. These lemony chicken and tomato kabobs are delicious on their own but form a complete meal when sandwiched in pita bread.
Dark Chocolate Fondue with Fruit Kabobs
Dessert kabobs? Why not! Skewer strawberry halves, pineapple, apple, kiwi chunks, and raspberries, and then serve with a dark chocolate fondue sauce. Don't worry—even though they're dipped in dark chocolate, these yummy fruit kabobs are a healthy choice.
Shrimp and Chorizo Kabobs
Shrimp kabobs, meet chorizo. Tuck slices of smoked chorizo sausage or spicy smoked sausage into chile-pepper-marinated jumbo shrimp, then skewer and grill. Each bite will convince you more that these are the best kabobs ever!
Dill Steak and Potato Kabobs
If you thought kabob sticks and steak weren't made for each other, think again. Upgrade your go-to steak-and-potato Sunday dinner by serving it on a stick, with a healthy spinach salad on the side. A dill-pepper seasoning kicks everything up a notch.
Fontina-Stuffed Meatball Kabobs
Beef kabobs or Italian feast? Why choose when you can have both at the same time? This Italian-style beef, pork, and cheese kabob recipe is so versatile it can be served as either an appetizer or a main dish. Artichokes, mushrooms, and fresh grape tomatoes help this dish make the cut for our healthy kabob recipes.
Pineapple and Scallop Skewers
Seafood kabobs and fruit kabobs meet in one super-tasty grilled recipe. Grill skewers of fresh pineapple, rich avocado, and tender scallops for a quick and easy meal that takes your taste buds to the tropics. Serve with a zesty lime juice and jalapeño sauce to give each bite some zip.
Why add other ingredients to your beef kabobs when the meat is the star of the show? Marinated boneless beef sirloin steak gets a boost from an orange chili sauce your grill-out guests won’t stop raving about. You might want to make a double batch—these kabobs will disappear fast!
Shrimp Boil on a Stick
That East Coast-style shrimp boil will taste even better grilled on a skewer—we promise! Everything you'd expect from a classic shrimp boil is here: jumbo shrimp, fresh sweet corn, new potatoes, and andouille sausage, all brushed with olive oil and Old Bay seasoning. Serve with thyme-lemon butter for a dinner that will make you feel like you're steps from the beach (no matter where you're digging in).
Spicy Melon Skewers
These zingy marinated fruit kabobs make a light and fresh appetizer for a summer party or a fun side dish at a cookout. Season the trio of cantaloupe, honeydew, and watermelon with a spicy chile syrup to give each bite some kick.
Chile-Lime Grilled Tiger Shrimp with Avocado Cocktail Sauce
Shrimp kabobs are always at their best when you have a zesty, tasty sauce to serve them with. This avocado cocktail sauce (made with canned tomatoes, cilantro, lime, and horseradish) would also be delicious on grilled chicken or salmon. If you're having a massive grill-out, use it to season a few different dishes.
Grilled BLT Skewers
Here at BHG, we can’t get enough of the BLT. In fact, we love it so much that we added it to our kabob repertoire. Who says it has to be served sandwich-style? You don't even have to skip the bread—just thread ciabatta cubes on kabob sticks alongside bacon, cherry tomatoes, avocado, and romaine lettuce.
Smoky Slider Skewers
Not all burgers need buns. Skewer your sliders and serve with toasted corn tortillas for a south-of-the-border dinner. This recipe gives a whole new meaning to "beef kabobs" and we can't get enough of it!
Caramelized Salmon Skewers
Adding caramel to salmon may sound like a strange combination, but just trust us on this one—when you bite into these seafood kabobs, you'll understand. Of course, caramel isn't the only part of this sauce; we've also mixed in soy sauce, mustard, and lime juice. Serve these salmon appetizers with a few lime wedges for a fresh finish.
Grilled Shrimp and Pineapple Skewers
Shrimp and pineapple are a summer dinner dream. Serve with cilantro rice and a soy sauce-marmalade mixture on the side. When you grill pineapple, it becomes extra juicy, and the smoky flavor pairs great with its sweetness.
Mini Souvlaki Skewers with Fennel-Yogurt Dip
Pork loin chops are practically MADE to be kabobs. Skewer grilled chops with grape tomatoes and cucumber, then drizzle with creamy fennel-yogurt dip. It will bring a taste of Greek flavors to your cookout and make you feel like you're in the Mediterranean.
Shrimp-Olive Skewers with Orange-Fennel Salad
Our new obsession? Mixing shrimp with ... olives. Yes, you read that right. Serve with your choice of the following dipping sauces (or offer guests all three!): orange compote, red pepper dip, or Mexican cocktail sauce. Use either fresh or frozen shrimp to make these shrimp kabobs—they'll be super yummy either way.
Lemon-Sage Pork Chops on a Stick
When you grill pork chops on a stick, any day can feel like a day out at the fair! Wondering what else to do with that bunch of sage you bought for this recipe? Make sage butter and serve it over gnocchi, atop home-baked sage biscuits, or in a blackberry-sage cobbler.