Arab-style Souvlaki


Arab-style Souvlaki

Middle Eastern Grilled Skewers: A Flavorful Twist on Souvlaki

In the vibrant Arab cuisine, we bring you a delightful adaptation of the Greek classic, Souvlaki. This Arab-style Souvlaki combines tender marinated meat, aromatic spices, and a touch of Middle Eastern flair. Grilled to perfection, these skewers offer a burst of flavors that will transport you to the bustling streets of the Arab world.

Jan Dec

15 minutes

10-12 minutes

2 hours 27 minutes (including marinating time)

4 servings


Halal, Gluten-free, Dairy-free (if using dairy-free yogurt)


Vegan, Vegetarian


While the Greek Souvlaki traditionally uses lemon juice and oregano, our Arab-style Souvlaki incorporates a blend of Middle Eastern spices like cumin, coriander, and sumac. Additionally, we infuse the marinade with garlic and yogurt, adding a creamy and tangy element to the dish. The result is a tantalizing fusion of Greek and Arab flavors. We alse have the original recipe for Souvlaki, so you can check it out.


  • Calories (kcal / KJ): 300 kcal / 1255 KJ
  • Fat: 12g (Saturated Fat: 2g)
  • Carbohydrates: 10g (Sugars: 3g)
  • Protein: 35g
  • Fiber: 2g
  • Salt: 1g


  1. 1.
    In a bowl, combine the olive oil, yogurt, minced garlic, cumin, coriander, sumac, paprika, turmeric, salt, and pepper. Mix well to create a marinade.
  2. 2.
    Add the chicken or lamb cubes to the marinade, ensuring they are well coated. Cover the bowl and refrigerate for at least 2 hours, or overnight for maximum flavor.
  3. 3.
    Preheat your grill or barbecue to medium-high heat.
  4. 4.
    Thread the marinated meat onto the soaked wooden skewers, alternating with chunks of red onion and bell peppers.
  5. 5.
    Place the skewers on the grill and cook for about 10-12 minutes, turning occasionally, until the meat is cooked through and nicely charred.
  6. 6.
    Remove the skewers from the grill and let them rest for a few minutes before serving.
  7. 7.
    Serve the Arab-style Souvlaki hot with a side of Arabic flatbread, hummus, and a fresh salad.

Treat your ingredients with care...

  • Chicken or lamb — Ensure the meat is cut into evenly sized cubes to ensure even cooking.
  • Sumac — Sumac adds a tangy and slightly citrusy flavor. If you can't find sumac, you can substitute it with a combination of lemon zest and a pinch of ground cumin.

Tips & Tricks

  • Soaking the wooden skewers in water prevents them from burning on the grill.
  • Marinating the meat overnight enhances the flavors and tenderness.
  • Serve the Arab-style Souvlaki with a squeeze of fresh lemon juice for an extra burst of flavor.
  • If using wooden skewers, make sure to oil them lightly before threading the ingredients to prevent sticking.
  • Experiment with different vegetables like cherry tomatoes or zucchini for added variety.

Serving advice

Serve the Arab-style Souvlaki as a main course alongside Arabic flatbread, a refreshing salad, and a dollop of creamy hummus. Garnish with fresh herbs like parsley or mint for an extra touch of freshness.

Presentation advice

Arrange the skewers on a platter, allowing the vibrant colors of the grilled meat and vegetables to shine through. Serve with a side of hummus and a sprinkle of sumac for an enticing presentation.