16 Party-Ready Summer Skewers


These simple grilled and produce-filled skewers are equally enjoyable for a quick weeknight dinner or for serving to party guests.


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Balsamic Chicken and Fig Brochettes

Everyday chicken breast is transformed into a dark and handsome dinner star with a tangy garlic-balsamic marinade. Partnered by juicy, honey-sweet figs and skewered, it becomes a French feast. 

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Steak Kebabs

Rev Run's kebabs get a shortcut on marinating with a store-bought barbecue sauce, but they aren't short on flavor.

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Shrimp and Zucchini Skewers

What's the key to artful presentation and ensuring all your ingredients cook at the same pace? Slice zucchini into thin ribbons using a vegetable peeler, thread them with shrimp onto skewers and marinate the lot with a chile-mint mixture before grilling.

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Tomato, Watermelon and Basil Skewers

Tomatoes, basil and balsamic vinegar are a classic summer trio. But adding watermelon to the mix on these fresh, colorful skewers calls for a sweeter sauce: Reduce balsamic and sugar to a syrupy consistency and drizzle over the finished no-cook kebabs.

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Pork Souvlaki with Grilled Citrus

Michael Symon seasons his pork souvlaki skewers with traditional Mediterranean flavors like oregano and garlic but dials them up a notch by adding sliced jalapeno.

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Grilled Swordfish Skewers with Coconut, Key Lime and Green Chile Sauce

Swordfish is a meaty, firm-flesh fish that holds up well when skewered and cooked on the grill. This recipe calls for the fish to be grilled simply and then topped with a sweet, spicy, zesty sauce of coconut ingredients, serrano chiles, ginger and Key limes.

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Sweet Potato Wedges

Curry and cayenne give super-sweet sweet potatoes savory, smoky flavor when the wedges are grilled. Serve the skewered taters with an herbed yogurt-based sauce.

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Grilled Corn Skewers with Chipotle-Cilantro Butter

Grill cobs of corn until they’ve softened, cut them into 1-inch rounds and thread them onto skewers for this bite-size interpretation of the summer classic. After grilling the kebabs for a couple more minutes, brush them with a smoky-sweet chipotle-honey butter.

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Chicken Skewers with Peanut-Ginger Marinade

Reserve some of this recipe's Asian-inspired marinade –– made with peanut butter, soy sauce, ginger, garlic and orange zest –– for a dipping sauce to pair with the grilled chicken skewers. 

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Sun-Dried Tomato Kebabs

Skewer together sun-dried tomatoes, miniature mozzarella balls and fresh basil leaves for a simple no-cook appetizer that's as festive as it is flavorful.

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Grilled Kebabs

These grilled steak kebabs possess Middle Eastern flair when marinated in spiced yogurt and drizzled with an herbed tahini sauce. Serve alongside warm pita bread and pickled radishes.

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Spiced Chicken and Grape Skewers

A quick marinade of lemon juice, cumin and coriander lends moisture and bright flavor to Ellie's chicken skewers. Use a grill pan with a quick spritz of cooking spray to get smoky, char-grilled flavor and beautiful grill marks.

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Thai Marinated Grilled Chicken Skewers

The combination of ginger, cardamom, and curry, sweetened by brown sugar on these skewers from Savory Sweet Life by Alice Currah, is sweet, savory, and bold!

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Marinated Veggie Kebabs

Eating with your hands is always more fun, and summer's brightest veggies –– like cherry tomatoes and summer squash –– beg for this plate-free treatment. Firm chunks of halloumi stand up to the heat of the grill and pair perfectly with a spicy avocado-dill dip.

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Saucy BBQ Seafood Skewers with Not-So-Secret BBQ Sauce

Skewers of scallops, salmon and shrimp are grilled and then dipped in a sweet cider-infused barbecue sauce.

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Spicy Cajun Skewers with Spicy Buffalo Dipping Sauce

Serve Louisiana gumbo on a stick by skewering homemade hush puppies, shrimp, okra, potatoes and thick slices of sausage, then grilling the lot in a Cajun marinade.

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