Spiced Yogurt Marinade Makes Grilled Pork Kebabs Tender and Delicious

Marinated Pork Kebabs
Marinated Pork Kebabs. Matilda Lindeblad/Getty Images
Ratings (8)
  • Total: 50 mins
  • Prep: 20 mins
  • Cook: 30 mins
  • Yield: Serves 4 to 6
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
317 Calories
11g Fat
6g Carbs
46g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: Serves 4 to 6
Amount per serving
Calories 317
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 11g 14%
Saturated Fat 5g 23%
Cholesterol 137mg 46%
Sodium 909mg 40%
Total Carbohydrate 6g 2%
Dietary Fiber 1g 3%
Protein 46g
Calcium 126mg 10%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

These flavorful kebabs are seasoned with a combination of yogurt and spices. Yogurt is a great addition to any marinade because its slightly acidic nature helps to tenderize the meat while the thickness holds the herbs and spices in place, infusing the pork with delicious flavor. Serve these kebabs with warmed pitas and fresh salad.

Ingredients

  • 2 cups plain yogurt
  • 1/4 cup minced onion
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 2 to 3 cloves garlic (minced)
  • 2 teaspoons grated ginger
  • 2 teaspoons sea salt
  • 2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon ground coriander
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 2 pounds pork tenderloin (cut into 2-inch cubes)

Steps to Make It

  1. Combine yogurt with onion, lemon juice, garlic, ginger, salt, cumin, coriander, and black pepper in medium bowl.

  2. Place pork pieces in a resealable plastic bag and pour marinade over pork. Make sure all pieces of pork are coated well.

  3. Release air from the bag and seal well. Place pork in the refrigerator and let marinate for 4 to 12 hours.

  4. Preheat grill to medium heat. Thread marinated pork pieces onto skewers, about 4 to 5 pieces on each depending on the length of skewer. Do not overcrowd.

  5. Grill over a medium fire for about 25 to 30 minutes, turning often, or until pork has cooked through (reaching an internal temperature of 140 F/60 C).

  6. Once cooked, remove from the heat and allow to rest for 10 minutes, covered, before serving. 

Tips

  • If you are using wooden skewers, soak them in water for at least 10 minutes (before sliding on the pieces of pork) to avoid burning while on the grill.
  • Position the empty part of the skewer to sit on the cooler side of the grill, so they are not too hot to the touch and difficult to remove later. 
  • Meal prep by mixing the marinade in the morning, adding the pork, and leaving in the fridge until it is time to grill.

Variations

  • Add vegetables: Thread chunks of your favorite vegetables, such as zucchini, yellow squash, mushrooms, onions, and tomatoes, on the skewer. Rather than marinating the vegetables in the yogurt mixture, toss the vegetables in olive oil and the same spices that are in the marinade.
  • Swap proteins: This spiced yogurt marinade is great for lamb and chicken as well. Grill as kebabs, remove the meat from the skewers and serve with toasted pita, cucumber tomato salad with feta, rice pilaf, and tzatziki sauce.