Kebabs were one of the favorite dishes the whole family enjoyed. It is layered with richly flavored tender meat and veggies. It was originally a middle eastern cuisine but it was popular in the different countries in the world. It is not hard to make kebabs, not very expensive and delicious that is why many people love it. Plus it’s a nutritious recipe to prepare for your family.
Traditional kebabs use lamb as meat but other recipes use goat, fish and the most common were beef and chicken. The pork was rarely used in some countries because of some religious prohibitions. But no one can resist this tasty recipe that everyone in the family and friends enjoyed.
But maybe you’ll ask,” where do kebabs being cooked?” Kebabs are known to be cooked in ovens and grills but, surprisingly, you can also cook kebabs in griddles. Don’t know how to cook kebabs on griddles? No worries.
This article will provide you the step by step procedure on how to cook delicious kebabs on griddles. Show the world your best kebab with these tips and tricks.
In any recipe, the first thing to consider is to prepare the ingredients, of course, you want your kebab to be made most easily so you want to make sure your ingredients are properly prepared and set up before anything else. In making kebab, you will need the following:
- Meat cubes (beef or chicken)
- Soy sauce
- Lemon juice
- Olive oil
- Red wine vinegar
- Fresh veggies (mushrooms, bell peppers, red onions, garlic)
- Salt and pepper
- Garlic powder
What’s amazing in cooking kebabs is that the ingredients were easy to find and almost all in the house! So are you ready for the next step?
Prepare the Marinade
After setting the ingredients, it’s time to make the marinade. All you have to do is to mix in a bowl the soy sauce, lemon juice, honey, garlic, red wine vinegar, and pepper.
Then soak in your meat. Transfer it into a sealed bag and massage the marinade over the meat thoroughly to let the meat absorb the marinade. Place it into the refrigerator and allow to marinate for 3 to 6 hours.
Prepare the Veggies
Drizzle veggies with olive oil and add some garlic powder. Season with salt and pepper. Slightly toast the veggies to coat it with the other ingredients.
Assemble it in a Stick
Layer the marinated kebab in a stick with the vegetables in between with the desired order. But most kebabs fit 4 meat pieces with veggies in between, but it varies with the length of your stick.
Time to Griddle
Many people prefer cooking on griddles, for the fact that it’s easier to use, it’s indoor and it’s healthier. Griddles use less oil and give attractive markings on the food.No doubt it is faster to cook on griddles too!
So the first thing you need to do is to make sure that your griddle pan is clean before using it. Wash it with soap and rinse it with water to remove all residue and dry it completely with a clean towel. But if you are using an electric griddle, just use a washcloth and don’t submerge it on the water.
Next is to preheat your griddle pan over medium heat, about 425 degrees.
Then, brush the griddle pan with oil just enough to cook the kebab. You can use olive oil or other available oil. Wipe the oil on the entire surface of the griddle pan. Don’t put too much oil on the griddle pan.
So this is the most exciting part, time to arrange your kebabs on the griddle pan and turn it occasionally, for 3- 8 minutes depending on the meat used. Beef is harder than chicken, so you can toast it for more minutes than the chicken meat. Beef can be cooked on a griddle for 5 minutes per side. Continue to flip your kebab until the desired doneness.
But cooking also depends on how much heat you use, commonly, you can cook kebabs on griddles at 140-145 degrees.
But you can turn the griddle low if you can see that its color turned slightly brown. You don’t want your kebab to be overcooked right?
Done with the cooking! You can smell the meat’s aroma and it may giggle you. But wait! It’s still hot so be careful. Let it rest for 5-10 minutes before enjoying.
Remove it completely from the griddle and set aside first. But don’t put it in the place where everybody sees it. You don’t want to lose all your kebab in a blink of an eye. You know, kebabs can attract people easily by its smell.
Don’t be much carried away with the kebab, remember that you still need to unplug the griddle and let it cool completely. Wash it right after it cools down and after each use. You don’t want to make it difficult for you to clean because the food stays too long in the griddle.
Back to your kebabs, serve it warm, and enjoy it with your loved ones.
Kebabs were best partnered with salad (green salads or cucumber tomato salad) sweet potato, rice corn pudding, pasta salad, and rolls.
Tips and Tricks to Best Kebabs You Can Offer to Your Friends and Family
- Ingredients preparation is an important step. Don’t take it for granted.
- The juiciness and taste of the meat on how long you marinated it. The longer time allotted for marinating, the tastier it is. Meat marinated for hours helps it absorb the flavor and make it tender. Every second of waiting is worth it.
- It’s also an advantage to cut your meat cubes in uniform size so it is cooked evenly.
- You can use other vegetables available at home. Squash, cherry tomatoes, or potatoes are also good alternatives that are tasty and nutritious too.
- Always keep your kitchen clean and organized. You can use trays and put your kebabs before griddling.
Kebabs are a good choice if you are looking for a new recipe to try. It is easy to prepare, convenient, ingredients are not expensive, healthy, and irresistible. Everyone enjoys eating kebabs partnered with their desired side dishes. Cooking it on a griddle makes it easier because it is good serving food in batches. Your kebab won’t stick on a griddle; it toasts faster, and uses less oil.