Cuban-style Souvlaki


Cuban-style Souvlaki

Tropical Twist Souvlaki: A Cuban-inspired Grilled Delight

In the vibrant world of Cuban cuisine, we bring you a delightful twist on the classic Greek dish, Souvlaki. Our Cuban-style Souvlaki infuses the flavors of the Caribbean with tender marinated meat, grilled to perfection. Get ready to embark on a culinary journey that combines the best of Greek and Cuban cuisines.

Jan Dec

Preparation time: 70 minutes

Cooking time: 12 minutes

Total time: 82 minutes

4 servings


Gluten-free, Dairy-free, Low-carb, High-protein, Paleo-friendly


Vegan, Vegetarian, Nut-free, Egg-free, Soy-free


While the original Greek Souvlaki is traditionally made with pork, our Cuban adaptation introduces a touch of the Caribbean by using marinated chicken. Additionally, we incorporate Cuban spices and flavors to give the dish a unique twist. The grilling technique remains the same, ensuring a juicy and flavorful result. We alse have the original recipe for Souvlaki, so you can check it out.


  • Calories (kcal / KJ): 250 kcal / 1046 KJ
  • Fat: 8g (Saturated Fat: 1.5g)
  • Carbohydrates: 6g (Sugars: 3g)
  • Protein: 38g
  • Fiber: 1g
  • Salt: 0.8g


  1. 1.
    In a bowl, combine the orange juice, lime juice, olive oil, minced garlic, cumin, oregano, paprika, salt, and black pepper. Mix well to create the marinade.
  2. 2.
    Cut the chicken breasts into bite-sized cubes and place them in a shallow dish. Pour the marinade over the chicken, ensuring all pieces are coated. Cover the dish and refrigerate for at least 1 hour, allowing the flavors to infuse.
  3. 3.
    Preheat the grill to medium-high heat.
  4. 4.
    Thread the marinated chicken, onion chunks, and green bell pepper onto the soaked wooden skewers, alternating between ingredients.
  5. 5.
    Place the skewers on the preheated grill and cook for 10-12 minutes, turning occasionally, until the chicken is cooked through and slightly charred.
  6. 6.
    Remove the skewers from the grill and let them rest for a few minutes before serving.
  7. 7.
    Serve the Cuban-style Souvlaki hot and enjoy the tropical flavors!

Treat your ingredients with care...

  • Chicken breasts — Ensure the chicken is cut into uniform cubes to ensure even cooking.
  • Orange juice — Use freshly squeezed orange juice for the best flavor.
  • Lime juice — Freshly squeezed lime juice adds a tangy kick to the marinade.
  • Cumin — Toast the cumin seeds and grind them for a more intense flavor.
  • Wooden skewers — Soaking the skewers in water prevents them from burning on the grill.

Tips & Tricks

  • For an extra burst of flavor, squeeze fresh lime juice over the cooked skewers before serving.
  • Serve the Cuban-style Souvlaki with a side of black beans and rice for a complete Cuban meal.
  • If you prefer a spicier kick, add a pinch of cayenne pepper to the marinade.
  • Experiment with different vegetables like cherry tomatoes or pineapple chunks for added variety.
  • If using wooden skewers, make sure to soak them in water for at least 30 minutes to prevent them from burning on the grill.

Serving advice

Serve the Cuban-style Souvlaki on a platter, garnished with fresh cilantro and lime wedges. Accompany it with a side of black beans and rice for a traditional Cuban touch. This dish is perfect for sharing with friends and family, so encourage everyone to dig in and enjoy the flavors of Cuba.

Presentation advice

Arrange the colorful skewers on a bed of vibrant green lettuce leaves for an eye-catching presentation. Drizzle a little extra marinade over the skewers for added moisture and shine. Serve the dish with a side of fluffy white rice and a refreshing cucumber and tomato salad to complete the Cuban-inspired presentation.