Kebabs are such a fun and great meal that you can enjoy with friends or family. Everybody loves eating food on a stick, especially kiddos! It’s also a great way to pack flavor and healthy ingredients together on a skewer.
Ease of Making: Easy
Kebabs are traditionally cooked on a skewer over a fire or baked in an oven so that it can roast. Roasting is one of the healthiest ways to prepare your meals because it results in minimal losses of vitamins and nutrients.
Advantages of roasting:
- Good quality meat is tender when roasted
- Vegetables maintain their heart-healthy fiber and vitamins and minerals for fighting disease
- Food is more appealing because it has a desirable texture and color by turning crispy and golden brown
- Unlike stovetop methods such as sauteing or stir-frying, It is a cooking method that allows you to be hands-free and requires minimal involvement in the cooking process
Using a roasting pan in an oven is usually the best way to roast food because it allows the oven heat to reach as much of the surface of food as possible and allows the air to circulate.
However, if you don’t have a roasting pan and don’t want to wait to heat up your large oven, then an air fryer will do perfectly. It has a basket that holds food similar to a roasting rack and the fan allows the air to circulate the heat evenly around the food giving it that golden brown crisp.
Meal prep tips for Air Fryer Beef Kebabs
- Cooking beef kebabs in your air fryer not only saves you time, but cleanup is also incredibly easy, and it also tastes amazing.
- Make sure to measure your air fryer to check that your skewers you are using actually fit inside of your air fryer. 6 to 8-inch skewers tend to fit best in most air fryers. And if you are using wooden skewers, make sure to soak them in water for at least 10 minutes to keep them from burning
- When cutting veggies, make sure they are all the same size chunks the meat so that they all cook evenly. Use a variety of colorful vegetables like bell peppers and even add fruit such as pineapple
- One of the best cuts of beef for kebabs is the Sirloin cut. It is relatively tender, lean, and fits into a balanced diet. In addition, it is budget-friendly. Other good beef choices are flat iron, strip steak, and even tenderloin.
- Sometimes using a leaner cut of meat can result in dry tough meat. Therefore, marinating your meats prior to cooking is a good technique to prevent it from drying out and making it chewy. This marinade combines pantry friendly items such as Worcestershire sauce, soy sauce, dijon mustard, and spices such as oregano and garlic powder. One of the tasty components that result from marinating meat is getting that distinct flavor from a good golden brown crust when the protein cooks. Adding a sweet component such as honey yields in that delicious crust when cooked at high heat.
Air Fryer Beef Kebabs
- 1 lb lean top sirloin
- 1 each yellow bell pepper
- 1 each small red onion
- 1 cup cherry tomatoes
- 3 tbsp worchestershire sauce
- 3 tbsp soy sauce
- 3 tbsp olive oil
- 1 tbsp dijon mustard
- 1 tbsp minced garlic
- 1 tsp dried oregano
- 1 tsp pepper
- 1 tbsp brown sugar note: you can use honey, agave nectar or white sugar
Pre-Cook (Mise En Place):
- Gather your equipment: skewers, cutting board, knife, air fryer (or oven)
- If using wooden skewers, soak them for at least 10 minutes
- Cut the beef into 1.5 inch chunks. Mix together the marinade and marinate the beef overnight or at least 30 minutes prior to cooking
- If using the oven, preheat oven to 425F
- Cut the bell peppers and red onion into chunks
- Assemble the kebabs using skewers. Layer the beef with the veggies.
- Place in the air fryer and cook at 400F for 8-10 minutes. If using the oven, cook for 10-12 minutes, until the outer edges are brown and beef is cooked through
- Serve with your choice of sides and sauces. Examples: salad, pita, couscous, rice pilaf, or tortillas, etc
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