Tasty, well-seasoned beef kabobs are made in the oven. Broiled just 3 minutes per side, they are ready fast, making them the ideal weeknight dinner.
These kabobs are so flavorful! The spice combination is amazing. Such a great solution for steak cuts that are just OK.
I also like that I can make these beef kabobs in the oven, under the broiler. I've got nothing against grilling, but I really enjoy making these steak kabobs in the winter, when I don't really feel like grilling outside.
The ingredients you'll need
You'll only need a few simple ingredients to make these tasty kabobs. The exact measurements are included in the recipe card below. Here's an overview of what you'll need:
Boneless sirloin steak: You can splurge and use tenderloin instead if you'd like. But in my opinion, sirloin is very good.
Olive oil: I love cooking with this delicious oil. But if you'd rather use an oil with a higher smoke point, you can use avocado oil instead.
Kosher salt and black pepper: If using fine salt, you might want to reduce the amount you use, or the kabobs might come out too salty.
Spices: I like to use chili powder, garlic powder, onion powder, cumin, smoked paprika, and cayenne pepper. Please make sure the spices you use are fresh! A stale spice can easily ruin a dish.
How to make beef kabobs in the oven
It's so easy! Scroll down to the recipe card for the detailed instructions. Here are the basic steps:
Cube the steak and place the cubes in a large bowl.
Add the olive oil and the seasonings and mix well. I use my hands to ensure the beef pieces are well coated.
Thread the seasoned steak cubes on skewers. If using wooden skewers, refer to the discussion below on whether you should soak them or not.
Broil the kabobs in the oven for about 3 minutes per side.
What cut of beef to use?
I use sirloin steak in this beef kabobs recipe. It's a flavorful cut of meat, and although it's not as tender as tenderloin, it's not very tough either. So there's no need to marinate the beef.
Sirloin is a tender enough cut that you can simply cube the steak, mix it with the spiced olive oil, thread on skewers and broil.
While I wouldn't dream of turning a fatty, juicy ribeye steak into kabobs, I find that sirloin is a bit on the lean side for my taste.
So when sirloin steaks are on sale and I do buy them, I often turn them into these well-seasoned, flavorful kabobs.
Should I soak wooden skewers?
There seems to be a debate on whether this is effective or not. I tend to use reusable metal skewers. But in the past, when I was using wooden skewers, I listened to the experts and I did soak them in water for 30 minutes prior to using them.
How to serve beef kabobs?
These kabobs are great with a side of vegetables. A few of my favorite side dishes to serve with this dish are:
What about leftovers?
You can keep leftovers of these tasty beef kabobs in the fridge, in a sealed container, for 3-4 days. Reheat them gently, in the microwave on 50% power.
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- 1.5 lb. boneless sirloin steak, cut into 1-inch cubes
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 1 teaspoon Diamond Crystal kosher salt
- ½ teaspoon black pepper
- 1 tablespoon chili powder
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1 teaspoon onion powder
- 1 teaspoon ground cumin
- 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
- ¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper
- If using wooden skewers, soak them in water for 30 minutes. I prefer to use metal skewers.
- Place the beef cubes in a large bowl. Add the remaining ingredients and use your hands or a large spoon to mix well.
- Thread the seasoned beef cubes on the skewers and place them on a large rimmed broiler-safe baking sheet. You can line the baking sheet with foil for easier cleanup.
- Heat your broiler on high (450-500 degrees F).
- When the broiler is hot, broil the kabobs, directly under the heating element (4 inches below), until cooked to your liking. I broil them for 3 minutes on each side. Serve immediately.