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Steak and Shrimp Kabobs

Steak and shrimp kabobs are perfect for a delicious, customizable meal that you can cook on the grill. Ideal for those summer nights spent outside together.

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Grilling is one of our favorite ways to cook, especially in the summer. There’s nothing better than a good kabob. We’ve had this steak and shrimp kabobs recipe for a couple of years, and have made some changes/improvements to it during that time. Finally, we have the recipe just where we want it.

A few years ago, when we got our first house (and grill), we started looking up recipes for grilling marinades. I like bold, powerful flavors, so I wanted something that really packed a punch but wasn’t spicy. I believe this marinade started from a book that my aunt had. Then, as we do, we changed it to what we liked. 

These kabobs, as the title suggests, are made with juicy steak and large shrimp. Then past that, it’s up to you to decide what other vegetables you want to add to the meal. We typically make ours with red pepper, green pepper, and white onion. It could also be made with other peppers, and possibly red onion, but we haven’t tried that ourselves. No matter what you put with it, you’ll have a delicious meal from an easy recipe.

The key to this recipe is in the marinade. That’s where all of your flavor comes from. The longer you can let the pieces sit in the marinade the better. 

We’ve even had surf and turf kabobs for Christmas dinner before! Since it’s also Justin’s birthday, he gets to pick the meal. One year it was chicken and dumplings. Another was deep-fried chicken wings. And, one year, it was shrimp and steak kabobs. 

Steak and Shrimp Kabobs Step by Step


  • 1/3 cup vegetable oil
  • 1/2 cup soy sauce
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice
  • 1/4 cup Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/4 cup mustard
  • 1 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • 2 cloves garlic (minced)
  • 1/2 lb beef sirloin steak (boneless)
  • 3/4 lb shrimp (large, deveined)
  • 8 skewers
  • 1 red bell pepper
  • 1 yellow bell pepper
  • 1 onion


Preparing the Kabobs

Chop the peppers, onion, and steak into pieces that are about one inch. You want to make sure that they are big enough that they won’t fall apart when you try to put them on the skewers.

Mix the marinade in a large bowl. We use vegetable or olive oil, soy sauce, lemon juice, Worcestershire sauce, mustard, pepper, and garlic. The flavor is bold, but not too much, with a bit of a zing to it because of the mustard and Worcestershire sauce. It’s difficult to explain the taste, other than saying it’s just delicious!

Remove the tails from the shrimp. Add all of the meat, bell peppers, and onion to the bowl with the marinade and toss to coat. We like to marinate everything for at least 4 hours to really get the flavor in. You can marinate it for up to 24 hours.

After the meat and vegetables have been in the marinade for a few hours and you are about ready to grill, it’s time to build your kabobs. We love the metal skewers we bought years ago when we got our first grill. We’ve had them for years and they are still holding up fine. They are reusable, and we don’t have to worry about the wood getting into the food from wooden skewers.

The great thing about kabobs is the versatility you have when creating them. For example, I don’t care for cooked onion, so I will often make myself one or two without onion on them. Thread the skewers in whatever combination you want then discard marinade leftovers. 

Grilling the Kabobs

Set the grill to medium heat, clean the grill grate, and put the skewers over the hot grill. Close the grill and cook for about 6-8 minutes, making sure to turn them once. We have found that specific amount of time usually yields steak that is cooked to medium. The easiest way to tell when it’s done is by how tender the steak is. A soft steak will be rarer while a firm steak is closer to well done. Adjust the time as needed for your desired degree of doneness.

Steak and Shrimp Kabobs on metal skewers on a grill

I prefer my steak cooked more than that, so we leave a few of mine on longer. Again, the advantage of having multiple skewers is being able to cook to the desired doneness that each person wants. If you bought uncooked shrimp, you will also want to make sure that they have turned pink and are cooked through as well.

Steak and Shrimp Kabobs on a brown plate with a bowl of potato salad in the background (vertical)


Store any leftover steak and shrimp kabobs in an airtight container in the refrigerator. I find it easiest to take everything off the skewers for this.


Originally Published On: July 25, 2017

Last Updated On: June 1, 2023

Steak and Shrimp Kabobs on a brown plate with a bowl of potato salad in the background

Steak and Shrimp Kabobs

Steak and shrimp kabobs are perfect for a delicious, customizable meal that you can cook on the grill. Ideal for those summer nights spent outside together.
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Main Dish
Servings: 8 kabobs
4.93 from 13 votes


  • 1/3 cup vegetable oil
  • 1/2 cup soy sauce
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice
  • 1/4 cup Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/4 cup mustard
  • 1 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • 2 cloves garlic (minced)
  • 1/2 lb beef sirloin steak (boneless)
  • 3/4 lb shrimp (large, deveined)
  • 8 skewers
  • 1 red bell pepper
  • 1 green bell pepper
  • 1 onion


  • In a large mixing bowl, combine oil, soy sauce, lemon juice, Worcestershire sauce, mustard, pepper, and garlic
  • Cut steak and vegetables into 1 inch pieces
  • Place meat and vegetables in the mixing bowl
  • Cover the bowl and refrigerate for 4-24 hours to marinade
  • Heat grill on medium
  • Alternately thread steak and shrimp with vegetables onto 8 skewers
  • Brush with any extra marinade
  • When ready to grill, place kabobs on grill over medium heat
  • Cover grill
  • Cook 6-8 minutes, turning once, or until steak is of desired doneness and shrimp turn pink
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Nutrition Facts
Steak and Shrimp Kabobs
Amount Per Serving (1 kabob)
Calories 194 Calories from Fat 99
% Daily Value*
Fat 11g17%
Saturated Fat 7g35%
Cholesterol 123mg41%
Sodium 1330mg55%
Potassium 335mg10%
Carbohydrates 6g2%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 2g2%
Protein 17g34%
Vitamin A 530IU11%
Vitamin C 38.1mg46%
Calcium 92mg9%
Iron 2.5mg14%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

All nutritional information is based on third-party calculations and should be considered estimates. Actual nutrition content will vary based on brands used, measuring methods, portion sizes, and more.

54 thoughts on “Steak and Shrimp Kabobs”

  1. 5 stars
    Now that’s an awesome Kabob! love the food choices as they seem like they’d compliment each other very well! I’ll have to steal this idea/recipe for this weekend ; ) thanks!

  2. I love bold and powerful flavors! Best kind of food. You make me miss grilling so much! We aren’t allowed them on our patio and it’s the worst thing about where we live. These kabobs sound so amazing and next BBQ I am invited to I’ll have to try and bring these!

  3. 5 stars
    You just combined two of my favorite foods – steak and shrimp – so this is a total win-win for me! Those kabobs look amazing!

  4. 5 stars
    Thank you for sharing us this recipe. I love eating kabobs when my family has a BBQ party. I will try to follow this recipe the next time we have a BBQ party. Thanks a lot.

  5. Kabobs are so delicious and they look so easy to make. I just never think about making them. I should definitely do some of these. I just wish that my daughter would appreciate some of the veggies and fruits on the kabobs more.

  6. 5 stars
    Delicious! I love the mix of flavors. I love shrimp and to have it skewered and grilled with steak, onions and peppers is going to make me have a happy tummy!

  7. 5 stars
    Your recipes always make me salivate! I love this simple combination and it’s the best way to entertain! Barbeques are a big thing in Australia especially in summer! I can’t wait to give these a go on our next social gathering!

  8. 5 stars
    I don’t know why I have never thought to do steak and shrimp together before! I am kebab obsessed and making these ASAP!

    1. The original idea came from my husband loving to do a “surf and turf” meal. We’ve even had these for Christmas dinner before since that’s my husband’s birthday and these are his favorite!

  9. These look so good!! My boyfriend would love these. Perfect for a summer party for sure. I will keep this in mind for sure. I love that you have the nutrition facts label. So cool.

    1. I’ve done this marinade with chicken before when my mom was visiting who is allergic to shrimp and doesn’t eat anything from a cow. It was just as good with chicken!

  10. 5 stars
    Kababs and shrimps are my most fave dishes! I am yet to make a shrimp kabab. Never thought of it! Excited to make some this weekend. 🙂

  11. Melanie williams

    Food like this is ideal for family and friends gathering at BBqs in the summer season for sure. they look yummy xx

  12. 5 stars
    Tried the recipe on Mother’s Day, and WOW! I received so many compliments and request for a follow up gathering.

    1. I would get everything in the marinade the night before, then build the kabobs and grill the day you want them. If you take everything out of the marinade too early it could get dried out.

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