Croatian-style Souvlaki


Croatian-style Souvlaki

Zesty Croatian Souvlaki Delight

In Croatian cuisine, we embrace the flavors of the Mediterranean while adding our own unique twist. This Croatian-style Souvlaki recipe combines the traditional Greek dish with local Croatian ingredients, resulting in a mouthwatering culinary experience that will transport you to the sunny shores of the Adriatic Sea.

Jan Dec

15 minutes

10-12 minutes

2 hours 27 minutes (including marinating time)

4 servings


Mediterranean diet, Gluten-free, Dairy-free, Low-carb, High-protein


Vegetarian, Vegan, Kosher, Halal, Nut-free


While the Greek Souvlaki typically uses pork or chicken, this Croatian adaptation incorporates a mix of marinated lamb and beef for a richer and heartier flavor. Additionally, we infuse the meat with Croatian herbs and spices, giving it a distinct taste that sets it apart from the original Greek version. We alse have the original recipe for Souvlaki, so you can check it out.


  • Calories: 380 kcal / 1590 KJ
  • Fat: 22g (Saturated Fat: 8g)
  • Carbohydrates: 2g (Sugars: 0g)
  • Protein: 42g
  • Fiber: 0g
  • Salt: 1.5g


  1. 1.
    In a large bowl, combine the minced garlic, olive oil, red wine vinegar, dried oregano, dried rosemary, paprika, salt, black pepper, and lemon juice.
  2. 2.
    Add the cubed lamb and beef to the marinade, ensuring all the meat is well coated. Cover the bowl and refrigerate for at least 2 hours, or overnight for best results.
  3. 3.
    Preheat the grill to medium-high heat.
  4. 4.
    Thread the marinated meat onto the soaked wooden skewers, alternating between lamb and beef.
  5. 5.
    Grill the skewers for about 10-12 minutes, turning occasionally, until the meat is cooked to your desired level of doneness.
  6. 6.
    Remove the skewers from the grill and let them rest for a few minutes before serving.

Treat your ingredients with care...

  • Lamb and beef — For tender and juicy meat, choose cuts with a good amount of marbling. If possible, opt for grass-fed or organic meat for enhanced flavor.

Tips & Tricks

  • Soaking the wooden skewers in water prevents them from burning on the grill.
  • Serve the Croatian-style Souvlaki with a side of fresh tzatziki sauce for a cool and creamy contrast.
  • If you prefer a spicier kick, add a pinch of chili flakes to the marinade.
  • Feel free to customize the meat ratio to your liking, using more lamb or beef according to your preference.
  • For a complete Croatian meal, serve the Souvlaki with a side of roasted potatoes and a fresh salad.

Serving advice

Serve the Croatian-style Souvlaki hot off the grill, accompanied by a generous dollop of tzatziki sauce. Garnish with a sprinkle of fresh herbs, such as parsley or dill, for an extra burst of flavor.

Presentation advice

Arrange the skewers on a platter, allowing the vibrant colors of the marinated meat to shine through. Serve with a side of roasted potatoes and a colorful salad to create an enticing and appetizing presentation.