Grilling Tips

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Here are some tips for better skewers:

  • Preheat the grill to a constant temperature before placing your skewers on it. Somewhere around 375 is great. 

  • Cut your meats and veggies in similar shape and size so they cook evenly.

  • Cut your meats and veggies bigger than the space between the grills. 

  • Wooden planks need to be soaked (submerged) in water for about 30 minutes beforehand so they don’t burn.

  • Wooden skewers need to be soaked as well.

  • For “restaurant style crosshatch marks” wait until the grate leaves a set of lines before rotating the skewers 90 degrees.

  • Brush your kebab pieces with olive oil (or vegetable oil) before placing them on the grill.

  • Since you are turning your meats and vegetables, remember to leave the skewers about the same time on the grill for each side.

  • Grilling consistently over medium heat is better than over high heat. You’ll get tough, burned or even scorched pieces that way (over 400 is a no-no).

  • Cooking times: meats will take 12-15 minutes total, fish about 10 and veggies about 8-10 depending on thickness.

  • Corn on the cob tip: I soak my corn husks for at least 30minutes and place the whole thing on my grill (husks and all). If I want grill marks on my corn, I open the husk and “paint-on” some olive oil before grilling.


Other grilling tips:

  • Eggplant: cut eggplant lengthwise into 1 1/2 inch wedges. Brush them with olive oil and place on grill cut side down.  Grill over medium-high heat for about 3 minutes until they are golden. Flip and grill each additional side for 5-6 minutes.

  • Bell peppers: I like to grill whole bell peppers over high heat and turning them occasionally. It’s ok if the skins get charred in certain spots. Medium to large bell peppers about 15 minutes. After grilling, peel away charred skin, get rid of the seeds and stems and keep the meat part of your pepper.

  • Portobello mushrooms: although I am not a fan, my guests do like these puppies. Marinate them or brush them with olive oil prior to grilling. Grill mushrooms gill sides up over medium-low heat for about 15 minutes and flip over for an additional 1-2 minutes.

  • Asparagus: If you don’t have one of those veggie mesh cages, you can just use a wooden or metal skewer to poke your asparagus through. This way, they won’t fall between the grates. Poke them through the top 1/3 and bottom 1/3 -like making an asparagus pontoon- and grill for about 9 minutes flipping half way.

  • Onions: cut onions in 1/2 to 3/8 inch thick slices. Poke through with a skewer and grill each onion skewer for about 15 minutes; flip and cook through for a final 2-3 minutes.

  • Zucchini & squash: these are my favorite veggies to grill. I cut them in fourths, brush them with olive oil and seasoning and grill for about 6-8 minutes.

  • Potatoes: did you know you have to cook potatoes before grilling them? Otherwise, your potatoes will need to go on the grill for about an hour! I cook my small potatoes until tender, rinse and set aside. I poke them through skewers, brush them with olive oil and grill for about 10 minutes.

Don’t these look good?