Cumin Scented Beef Kabobs

by Kelli on June 24, 2014

Cumin Scented Beef Kabobs

Kabobs are one of those dinners that get lost in the shuffle for me. And, it’s really unfortunate because there’s so much to love about them. So, I’m on a mission to change that!  I also just found a zillion wooden skewers in my kitchen.

Mostly though, kabobs are the ideal summer dinner.  Simple, and low-maintanence + so much great flavor.  Pick your favorite meat, your favorite marinade, chop up a bunch of veggie, load up a few sticks and fire up the grill.

Cumin Scented Beef Kabobs

Cumin Scented Beef Kabobs

Wooden vs. Metal Skewers?

You can certainly use either, but prefer I stick with wooden skewers for Beef Kabobs.  Metal skewers get pretty hot when you cook with them, so they also cook the meat on the inside.  This is ideal when you’re cooking meats, like chicken or pork, that you want thoroughly cooked through.  But, if you’re shooting for medium-rare char-grilled cubes of beef, wooden skewers work better.

If you’re worried about wooden skewers not being sturdy enough, I suggest doubling up and using two skewers for each kabob.

Cumin Scented Beef Kabobs

Served with a side of simply dressed greens, and perhaps an ear of sweet corn on the cob, Cumin Scented Beef Kabobs are a perfect summer dinner.

Cumin Scented Beef Kabobs

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Yield: Serves 4


  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 tablespoons dried oregano
  • 2 teaspoons cumin
  • 1 teaspoon coriander
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 1/2 pound sirloin, cut into 1 1/2-inch pieces
  • 2 bell peppers (I prefer red and orange)
  • 2 medium summer squash, cut into 1/2- inch pieces
  • 1 medium red onion, quartered
  • 15 baby portabellp mushrooms


In a medium bowl, stir together the oil, garlic, oregano, cumin, coriander, cayenne, salt and pepper. Add the beef and toss to coat. Marinade, chilled, for at least 1 hour. (I let mine marinate for about 24 hours)

Heat the grill to high.

Assemble the skewers by alternating between beef cubes and the various vegetables.

Add the skewers to the grill. Cook, turning as necessary, until browned on the outside, about 4-5 minutes.


Adapted from Gourmet, August 2009.

Cumin Scented Beef Kabobs


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{ 3 comments… read them below or add one }

Hanna Lei June 24, 2014 at 2:26 PM

This looks wonderful.


Kelli June 24, 2014 at 4:38 PM

Thank you, Hanna!


Pat June 25, 2014 at 1:06 AM

Kelli, these kabobs look delicious….nice photos, nice recipe. This will be great any summer night on our BBQ. Thanks :)


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