Hungarian-style Souvlaki


Hungarian-style Souvlaki

Paprika-infused Grilled Meat Skewers

In Hungarian cuisine, hearty and flavorful dishes are highly valued. This Hungarian-style Souvlaki recipe combines the traditional Greek flavors of marinated grilled meat with the rich and aromatic spices of Hungarian cuisine. The result is a mouthwatering dish that will transport you to the vibrant streets of Budapest.

Jan Dec

15 minutes

10-12 minutes

2 hours 27 minutes (including marinating time)

4 servings


Omnivore, Low-carb, High-protein, Gluten-free (if served without bread)


Vegetarian, Vegan, Dairy-free, Paleo, Keto


While the original Greek Souvlaki is typically marinated in lemon juice and oregano, this Hungarian adaptation incorporates the use of paprika, a staple spice in Hungarian cooking. The marinade is also enhanced with garlic and onion, giving the meat a robust and savory flavor. Additionally, the traditional Greek pita bread is replaced with Hungarian flatbread or served with a side of Hungarian-style potato salad. We alse have the original recipe for Souvlaki, so you can check it out.


  • Calories: 320 kcal / 1340 KJ
  • Fat: 18g (Saturated Fat: 5g)
  • Carbohydrates: 5g (Sugars: 1g)
  • Protein: 34g
  • Fiber: 1g
  • Salt: 0.9g


  1. 1.
    In a bowl, combine the paprika, minced garlic, chopped onion, olive oil, red wine vinegar, salt, and black pepper to make the marinade.
  2. 2.
    Add the pork shoulder cubes to the marinade and mix well to ensure all the meat is coated. Let it marinate in the refrigerator for at least 2 hours, or overnight for best results.
  3. 3.
    Preheat the grill to medium-high heat.
  4. 4.
    Thread the marinated pork cubes onto skewers, leaving a small space between each piece.
  5. 5.
    Grill the skewers for about 10-12 minutes, turning occasionally, until the meat is cooked through and slightly charred.
  6. 6.
    Remove the skewers from the grill and let them rest for a few minutes.
  7. 7.
    Serve the Hungarian-style Souvlaki with Hungarian flatbread or pita bread and a side of Hungarian-style potato salad.

Treat your ingredients with care...

  • Pork shoulder — Choose a well-marbled cut of pork shoulder for juicy and tender souvlaki.
  • Paprika — Opt for Hungarian sweet paprika for an authentic flavor.
  • Hungarian flatbread — Look for lángos or lepény, traditional Hungarian flatbreads, to serve with the souvlaki.
  • Hungarian-style potato salad — Make the potato salad with boiled potatoes, sour cream, mayonnaise, and a touch of paprika for a Hungarian twist.

Tips & Tricks

  • Soak wooden skewers in water for 30 minutes before grilling to prevent them from burning.
  • Baste the souvlaki with the marinade while grilling for extra flavor.
  • Serve the souvlaki with a dollop of Hungarian sour cream for added creaminess.
  • If you prefer a spicier flavor, use Hungarian hot paprika instead of sweet paprika.
  • For a complete Hungarian meal, serve the souvlaki with Hungarian cucumber salad and pickled vegetables.

Serving advice

Serve the Hungarian-style Souvlaki hot off the grill, accompanied by warm Hungarian flatbread or pita bread. Offer a side of Hungarian-style potato salad for a satisfying and authentic Hungarian meal.

Presentation advice

Arrange the grilled meat skewers on a platter, garnished with fresh parsley and a sprinkle of paprika. Serve the flatbread and potato salad in separate bowls or on the side.