5 Tips While Cooking On Skewers
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Roasting or grilling ingredients on fire before consuming is a culinary habit that has effectively continued from the primal ages to today’s modern-day cooking. This simple act of utilising a stick either made of iron or bamboo is called skewer in the modern day. From grilling to burning and even just mere charring, the dishes to make on skewers are wide and go beyond geographical borders. In Indian cuisine, if you look at various tikkas, kebabs, naans and such mughlai dishes, most of them are cooked using skewers and without it, the flavours would be incomplete.

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Today, skewers are a ubiquitous presence in kitchens around the world, celebrated for their versatility and simplicity. Whether you're grilling kabobs at a summer barbecue, roasting satay over an open fire, or broiling yakitori under a restaurant's heat lamps, the fundamental principles of skewer cooking remain the same. Yet, despite their universal appeal, mastering the art of skewer cooking requires more than just threading food onto a stick and tossing it over a flame.


Marinating is essential when cooking on skewers to enhance flavour and tenderness. To marinate, combine your choice of oil, acidic components like lemon juice or vinegar, herbs, spices, and seasonings. Submerge your meat, vegetables, or tofu in this mixture, ensuring they are evenly coated. Refrigerate for at least 30 minutes to a few hours, allowing the marinade to penetrate deeply. This not only infuses robust flavours but also helps retain moisture during grilling, ensuring juicy, succulent skewers. 

Prepare Your Grill

Start by cleaning the grill to prevent sticking and ensure even heat distribution. Marinating the ingredients is crucial; use a blend of oil, acidic components like lemon juice or vinegar, and spices. Let the ingredients marinate for at least 30 minutes to enhance flavours. Preheat the grill to medium-high heat, and oil the grates to avoid sticking. Skewer the marinated ingredients, ensuring uniform sizes for even cooking.

Lock Your Ingredients on Skewer

Begin by marinating your chosen ingredients—be it vegetables, meats, or seafood—in a blend of olive oil, lemon juice, herbs, and spices for at least 30 minutes. This enhances tenderness and taste. Thread the ingredients tightly but not too crowded to ensure even heat distribution. Alternating colours and textures not only adds visual appeal but also balances flavours. Secure the ends firmly to prevent pieces from slipping off during grilling, ensuring a perfect, flavourful skewer every time.

Soak Your Skewer

If you are using bamboo skewers then soak them in water for at least 30 minutes before grilling. This prevents them from burning or catching fire on the grill, ensuring your food cooks evenly and safely. Soaking also adds moisture, reducing the risk of splintering and keeping your skewers sturdy. Whether you're grilling vegetables, meats, or seafood, this simple step enhances your cooking process, preserving the integrity of your ingredients. 

Watch Your Flame

A medium flame is ideal, as high heat can quickly burn the outside while leaving the inside raw, and low heat can dry out your ingredients. Maintaining a steady flame helps achieve a balanced cook, ensuring meats are juicy and vegetables tender. It's also important for safety, preventing flare-ups that can char food and cause accidents. Consistent monitoring allows for even cooking and optimal caramelisation, enhancing flavours and textures for a delectable skewer dish.