Souvlaki Beef

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This marinated Greek souvlaki beef is charred, juicy, and smells so flavorful that cooking it is as fun as eating it. These kabobs are perfect for group BBQs or outdoor lunches.

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💛 Why you’ll love it

Greek beef souvlaki is one of those meals that is so tasty that it burns itself into your memory. The peppers and onions are grilled to the point of almost tasting sweet, and the marinated beef fills your mouth with the most incredible flavors.

Greek beef souvlaki skewers are perfect for a high-protein lunch, a BBQ with your pals, or an easy dinner. It’s so easy to make that you’ll almost laugh at how simple healthy eating can be.

Trust me – you have never tried anything quite like these beef souvlaki skewers. The dijon mustard and lemon juice give it a bright and tangy flavor enhanced with spicy paprika and earthy garlic cloves.

So, if you are wondering what to make for dinner tonight, look no further! Souvlaki beef is on the menu!

📋 Ingredients

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All the ingredients for these tasty kabobs work together to make the most amazing souvlaki beef. The best part is that you can use this simple marinade over again on chicken or pork.

Here’s a bit more information about what I used to make my Greek beef souvlaki.

Top sirloin

Obviously, you need beef. I cut up the top sirloin into 1-inch cubes. You can even ask the butcher to do this for you.

Onions

When you make Greek beef souvlaki skewers, use your favorite type of onions. Red onions will taste sweeter, and white and yellow onions will have a milder flavor.

Bell peppers

Traditionally, people use green bell peppers, but you can also add your favorite vegetables. Try it with some zucchini.

Beef souvlaki simple marinade

For the marinade, you will need the following ingredients:

  • Dijon Mustard
  • Lemon Juice
  • Lemon Zest
  • Smoked Paprika
  • Dried Oregano
  • Dried Thyme
  • Garlic Clove
  • Olive Oil

Please note: Check out the recipe card at the bottom for a full list of ingredients used to make this low-carb recipe.

💭 Tips

  • Use a food processor or blender to mix the marinade. Using one of these tools will ensure the ingredients combine completely.
  • Soak the wooden skewers before you cook the skewers. This will prevent them from burning on your outdoor grill.
  • Pound the meat thinner. This way, your souvlaki beef will grill quicker.

🔪 Instructions

These beef skewers are absolutely delicious and don’t require a lot of complicated steps. Here’s a bit more information about how to make this tasty beef souvlaki recipe.

Marinate the beef

The marinade is what sets this beef souvlaki apart from other shish kebabs. Toss the cubed sirloin in the marinade and let it set in the refrigerator for at least an hour, but overnight is best.

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Season the veggies

Place all the vegetables in a bowl and season them with salt and pepper. Mix it so that all the pieces are evenly coated.

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Assemble the skewers

Grab the beef that was soaking in the souvlaki marinade. Thread one piece of beef onto your skewer, followed by veggies.

Keep repeating these layers until your skewer is full.

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Grill the beef souvlaki skewers

Either grill them outdoors or cook them on the stove on medium-high heat. Grill them for 2 minutes on each of the four sides, for a total of 8 minutes.

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🍽️ Serving suggestions

These Greek souvlaki shish kebabs taste the best when they are hot off the grill or stove. Make some homemade tzatziki sauce from plain Greek yogurt or sour cream to serve along with them.

Greek souvlaki also tastes delicious with some mashed cauliflower on the side.

Lots of people enjoy lemon potatoes with souvlaki beef. Instead of potatoes, serve some lemony roasted artichoke hearts.

And instead of pita bread, make some keto naan. It is a low-carb type of flatbread that is a very close resemblance.

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📒 Variations

There are a few different ways you can make this Greek dish. Drizzle some balsamic vinegar on it before you place it on the grill or stove.

You can also add tomatoes or Brussels sprouts to your skewers.

Beef souvlaki kebabs are the best of Greek cuisine. If you make changes to this recipe, please let me know in the comments.

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🙋 FAQs

Here are some questions people often ask about how to make beef souvlaki. If you don’t see your question in this list, please leave it in the comments.

Is Greek beef keto-friendly?

Yes, this marinated Greek beef is definitely keto-friendly. I didn’t even add any sweetener of any kind. Dijon mustard and lemon juice are both zero-carb condiments.

Are shish kebabs freezer-friendly?

Yes, you can freeze souvlaki beef shish kebabs to eat later.
Marinate the beef and assemble the skewers like normal. Then, place them on a parchment paper-lined baking sheet and place the tray in the freezer for about 3 hours.
After they are frozen solid, wrap them up individually in plastic wrap and place them in a freezer-safe food storage bag. Keep them in the freezer for up to three months.

What is the safe cooking temperature of beef?

When cooking meat, use an instant-read food thermometer. Cook beef until it reaches at least 145F.

Can you make a Greek kebab in the oven?

Yes, you can make beef souvlaki skewers in the oven. Place your assembled skewers on a baking sheet. Then, cook them at 375F for about 25 minutes, flipping them halfway through.

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If you enjoyed this delicious marinated souvlaki beef recipe, here are some more easy keto Greek recipes you should try next. They are some of my favorites.

  • Greek Salad with Zoodles is a fantastic lunch with the iconic addition of olives.
  • Keto Eggplant Parmesan is inspired by Greek recipes with lots of similar ingredients and flavors.
  • Homemade Gyro Meat tastes delicious in a large lettuce wrap with delicious tzatziki sauce on top.
  • Skillet Moussaka is a class Greek dish made with eggplant and an aromatic cheesy sauce.
  • Keto Hummus is made from roasted cauliflower for a low-carb and high-fiber side dish or snack.

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📖 Recipe

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Souvlaki Beef

Author: Lisa MarcAurele

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This marinated Greek souvlaki beef is charred, juicy, and smells so flavorful that cooking it is as fun as eating it. These kabobs are perfect for group BBQs or outdoor lunches.

Prep Time20 mins

Cook Time8 mins

Marinating time1 hr

Total Time1 hr 28 mins

Course: Main Course

Cuisine: Greek

Diet: Diabetic, Gluten Free

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Servings 4
Calories 303

Ingredients

For the beef marinade

For assembling the skewers

Instructions

  • To a large bowl, add the meat and marinade ingredients. Toss to coat. Cover bowl with a lid, plastic wrap and leave in the fridge for 1 hour or overnight for best results.

  • Before cooking. Place the cubed veggies in a medium bowl with 1 tablespoon of olive oil, salt and pepper to taste.

  • If using wooden skewers, dump them in water to avoid burning during cooking time. Cut the tips to fit your skillet.

  • Thread the beef along with the veggies between each piece of meat.

  • Brush the skewers with the remaining marinade.

  • Bring a large grill pan over medium heat, add 1 tablespoon olive oil, cook the skewers for 8 minutes, 2 minutes on each side. Drizzle more olive oil along the process to avoid burning.

  • Transfer to a serving platter and cover with foil for 5 minutes before serving.

Notes

Use a food processor or blender to mix the marinade. Using one of these tools will ensure the ingredients combine completely.
Soak the wooden skewers before you cook the skewers. This will prevent them from burning on your outdoor grill.
Pound the meat thinner. This way, your souvlaki beef will grill quicker.

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Nutrition

Calories: 303 | Carbohydrates: 8g | Protein: 27g | Fat: 18g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 12g | Cholesterol: 67mg | Sodium: 264mg | Potassium: 607mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 1495IU | Vitamin C: 69mg | Calcium: 57mg | Iron: 3mg

Additional Info

Net Carbs: 5 g | % Carbs: 6.9 % | % Protein: 37.2 % | % Fat: 55.9 % | SmartPoints: 8

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