A Recipe for the Ultimate Marinade for Summery Grilled Kebabs

This easy and flavourful marinade recipe imparts flavour to proteins and vegetables

What’s summer without kebabs? I’m sharing my recipe for the most crowd-pleasing flavourful ones below—but before you fire up the grill, read up on my tips for mastering the art of grilling kebabs every time.

Summer Kebabs Marinade

Makes about 1 cup of marinade.


  • 2 tbsp neutral oil with a high smoke point, such as canola or vegetable oil
  • ⅓ cup soy sauce or tamari
  • 2 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 tbsp maple syrup
  • 1 tsp Dijon mustard
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • ½ tsp sweet paprika
  • ½ tsp dried thyme
  • ¼ tsp black pepper
  • ¼ tsp red pepper flakes


Step 1

Whisk all marinade ingredients together in a large bowl or measuring cup.

Step 2

Place 2 pounds of meat or poultry (or 2 blocks of tofu) in a resealable container or Ziplock bag and pour in ¾ cup of marinade. Reserve ¼ cup of marinade for brushing during grilling. Seal, transfer to refrigerator and let marinate for 1 to 5 hours.

Step 3

Remove protein from marinade and discard excess. Thread onto kebabs along with other components and grill, brushing with reserved marinade during the last few minutes of cooking.

Next: Looking for a Veggie Option? Try These Caprese Salad Kebabs

Originally Published in Best Health Canada