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Grilled Shish Kabobs

These juicy and delicious grilled shish kabobs are the PERFECT summer meal. You'll definitely want to fire up the grill for this easy dinner idea. Load each kabob with your favorite meats, veggies, and get the barbie going.

And while there's no shortage of shish kabob recipes out there, I ran into trouble years ago finding a recipe that was gluten and dairy free. And let me put the emphasis on gluten free because the flavors I enjoy most in my meat marinades, such as soy sauce, Dijon mustard, and Worcestershire sauce, aren't always naturally gluten free or manufactured without the risk of cross contamination. Thankfully in this recipe you'll find all the safe ingredients you need for a mouthwatering grilled marinade every time.

After searching for a few years we found a traditional recipe from The Fresh Cooky that could be adapted to gluten and dairy free.

And then meal became an instant hit for our family.

So much so that this has become our favorite steak marinade for the past few years too. Hey, when you find something this good, you just go with it.

Moreover this has become a Christmas dinner must, summer weekend BBQ must, and birthday dinner must too.

Veggies cut up on a baking sheet
Cut up veggies, steak, and chicken in a Ziploc bag with a shish kabob marinade

safe grilled shish kabob marinade ingredients

  • GF Soy Sauce-- San J GF Soy Sauce can be purchased here
  • GF Worcestershire Sauce-- locally Lea & Perrins is safe and we use it in several recipes. In Canada check out French brand.
  • Dijon mustard-- keep in mind the tradition Grey Poupon brand doesn't list gluten as an ingredient; however there has been lots of concerns regarding cross contamination in their manufacturing process. Or Annie's Organic Dijon Mustard and here is their manufacturing statement
  • oil-- grapeseed oil is our go-to
  • fresh minced garlic
  • salt
  • pepper
Shish Kabobs on the grill with a basting brush applying more marinade

build-your-own shish kabobs ideas

Your options for shish kabobs are endless!

But you'll always find bell peppers on our kabobs. The chicken and steak combo is a favorite too. Either way you can use what you have on hand for this recipe.

Do you use kabob ideas not listed below? Go ahead and comment below what you grill with.

  • chicken
  • steak (sirloin is our favorite cut)
  • shrimp
  • onion
  • pineapple
  • bell peppers
  • mushrooms
  • tomatoes
  • zucchini
  • sliced sections of corn on the cob
  • brussels sprouts
  • small Yukon potatoes-- skip marinating these and place directly onto the skewers once heated until just tender in the microwave
Beef, steak, and veggies on skewers

shish kabob grilling tips

  • skewers--use wood skewers or these awesome 12" long stainless steel skewers. If using wood skewers, allow them to soak in water for 30 minutes before threading.
  • basting brush-- makes last minute basting on the grill super easy
  • cut your veggies so they are the same size as your meat to encourage even cooking, ideally an inch thick
  • loosely thread your veggies and meat on the skewers versus mushing everything tightly together. This will help the kabobs to cook evenly instead of having charred edges but raw on the inside.
Beef, steak, and veggies on skewers

more gluten + dairy free meal ideas

  • homemade sloppy joes-- this yummy recipe is perfect for busy summer nights and it doesn't require the oven
  • delicious French dip sandwiches-- pair this with my easy Au Ju recipe and you'll absolutely love this delicious meal
  • grilled Hawaiian BBQ chicken pizza-- you'll find this post includes an easy guide to making and grilling your homemade pizza crust to perfection. Then top it with mouthwatering Hawaiian BBQ chicken or your own topping favorites.


This grilled shish kabob recipe has been a family favorite for years now.

And if you're looking for a tried and tested recipe-- this is it. We enjoy this meal so much we often serve it to company alongside a bed of rice, corn on the cob, and with a fruit salad.

Everyone always raves about this meal everyone can enjoy.

You'll find many more delicious gluten and dairy free meals on my website. Please make yourself at home. There's no need to stress about eating gluten and dairy free anymore.

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You won't believe how good eating gluten and dairy free can be.

Eat well and fell well,


Beef, chicken, and veggies on skewers.

Grilled Shish Kabobs

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Course: Main Course
Servings: 6 people
Author: Eating Gluten and Dairy Free



  • 1 cup oil
  • ¼ cup GF soy sauce see post for suggestions
  • ¼ cup GF Worcestershire sauce see post for suggestions
  • ¼ cup Dijon Mustard see post for suggestions
  • 2 large cloves of garlic, crushed and chopped
  • 1-2 teaspoon pepper
  • pinch of salt


  • 1 lb steak (sirloin), cubed 1 inch thick
  • 1 lb chicken, cubed 1 inch thick
  • 1 onion, cut into large chucks
  • 1 green bell pepper, cut into 1 inch pieces
  • 1 red bell pepper, cut into 1 inch pieces
  • 1 yellow bell pepper, cut into 1 inch pieces
  • optional: shrimp, mushrooms, zucchini, pineapple, tomatoes, brussels sprouts, corn on the cob, small potatoes


  • In a medium size bowl, whisk together all marinade ingredients. Set aside ½ cup of marinade in a container and refrigerate for basting. Place remaining ingredients in a gallon size Ziploc bag,
  • Then place all kabob ingredients into the bag and close. Gently roll bag to coat all well. Place in the refrigerator for 4 hours to 24 hours.
  • Assemble kabobs with a variety of veggies and 4-5 pieces of meat per kabob. Spray grill with nonstick spray and grill kabobs over medium heat (375°F), turning and basting with remaining marinade on both sides.
  • Once meat is cooked through (4-5 minutes each side) remove from the grill and place on a serving plate. Cover with aluminium foil for 2-3 minutes before serving.
  • Store any leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator 2-3 days.


If using small potatoes on kabobs--skip marinating these in the Ziploc bag. Instead place them in the microwave until just tender. Then thread them directly onto your shish kabobs.

Nutritional Disclaimer

These Nutritional Facts are ESTIMATED. Your actual nutritional info with this recipe may vary depending on the brands you choose. “Eating Gluten and Dairy Free” is not a registered dietician or nutritionist. The provided nutritional info above is based on a generic calculator, if you want more accurate info, use your nutritional calculator of choice where you can choose brands and get more info that way.

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