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Beef Kebabs with Soy Sauce, Cumin & Orange Zest

Scott Phillips

Servings: four.

Lamb is also great in place of the beef. And if foul weather keeps you from grilling outdoors, a ridged grill pan can step up to the plate.


  • 1 Tbs. brown sugar
  • 4 Tbs. soy sauce
  • 1 large clove garlic
  • 1-1/2 tsp. ground cumin
  • 3/4 tsp. ground coriander
  • Pinch cayenne
  • 1/4 tsp. freshly ground black pepper or to taste
  • 1 Tbs. fresh lemon juice
  • 3/4 tsp. grated orange zest
  • 2 Tbs. olive oil
  • 1-3/4 lb. boneless rib-eye steak, about 1-1/2 to 2-inches thick and cut into 1-1/2- to 2-inch cubes
  • Sprigs of fresh cilantro or mint and plain yogurt (optional)

Nutritional Information

  • Calories (kcal) : 410
  • Fat Calories (kcal): 210
  • Fat (g): 23
  • Saturated Fat (g): 8
  • Polyunsaturated Fat (g): 1
  • Monounsaturated Fat (g): 12
  • Cholesterol (mg): 115
  • Sodium (mg): 1130
  • Carbohydrates (g): 6
  • Fiber (g): 0
  • Protein (g): 42


  • In a large bowl, combine the brown sugar and soy sauce. Squeeze the garlic through a press held over the bowl, scraping off and adding the garlic that sticks to the bottom of the press. Whisk in the spices, lemon juice, and orange zest, and gradually whisk in the olive oil.
  • Set aside 2 Tbs. of the marinade. Toss the beef cubes in the bowl with the rest of the marinade and marinate the meat at room temperature, covered, for 30 minutes, (or for up to 8 hours in the refrigerator), turning the meat several times in the marinade.
  • Prepare a medium-hot charcoal fire or heat a gas grill.
  • Skewer the cubes, leaving about half an inch of space between each cube so they’ll cook all around. Grill the meat, turning the skewers to brown on all sides to the point of slight charring, for about 8 minutes, depending on your grill, for medium to medium rare.
  • Push the meat off the skewers and onto plates, drizzle with the reserved 2 Tbs. marinade, and garnish with cilantro or mint sprigs and a spoonful of yogurt, if you like.


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Reviews (4 reviews)

  • TheIneptChef | 08/21/2019

    "The best kebabs I've ever had," my husband and I both agreed. I made these with fillet mignon (YOLO) and they go down like candy. I'm looking forward to making them for a crowd and to the ensuing satisfaction of receiving compliments even though all I did was follow a recipe easy enough for a child to follow.

  • Suzmax | 05/16/2019

    Easy and Fantastic!

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    chinamoon | 08/03/2013

    These are great. I made them for a party and everyone gobbled them down and asked for the recipe.

  • ljskitchen | 03/30/2008

    Easy & delicious. I have made these again and again!

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