Low-Carb Marinated Beef Kabobs

This favorite recipe for Marinated Beef Kabobs is something I used to make at Lake Powell, and these tasty beef kabobs are low-carb, Keto, low-glycemic, gluten-free, Paleo, Whole 30, and South Beach Diet friendly. Use the Recipes-by-Diet-Type Index to find more recipes like this one.

Low-Carb Marinated Beef Kabobs found on KalynsKitchen.com
In one of my previous lives (before food blogging!) I used to cater houseboat trips on Utah’s beautiful Lake Powell, and this recipe for Low-Carb Marinated Grilled Kabobs was one of my favorite things to make on the houseboat. This recipe became popular even with the old photos, but when I made it again recently I decided it must have a photo update. When when I took these new photos I remembered how hard it is to photograph hunks of meat, but even if I don’t love the new photos completely, I think they’re definitely an improvement!

And this marinade for beef is absolutely delicious! This recipe was a hit with Jake and his girlfriend Aubrey, and I think any red meat lover would enjoy this for a tasty meal from the grill. When I made this at Lake Powell I always used red wine in the marinade, but I’ve been making it with beef stock instead of wine for quite a few years now. And if you skip the Worcestershire Sauce (or use a Paleo/Whole 30 approved Worcestershire Sauce) these delicious low-carb and Keto Kabobs can easily be Paleo or Whole 30 as well.

If you live in a place where grilling season only lasts a few months a year, you can definitely cook kabobs like this on a Stove-Top Grill Pan or a George Foreman Grill as well. Either way you cook these tasty kabobs, I hope you enjoy trying the recipe!

Low-Carb Marinated Beef Kabobs found on KalynsKitchen.com
Trim the beef and cut into cubes about 2 inches square. Whisk together the beef stock (or red wine), balsamic vinegar, Worcestershire sauce, olive oil, onion powder, garlic powder, steak seasoning, oregano, thyme, black pepper, and bay leaves to make the marinade.  Let the meat marinate at least 4-6 hours in the refrigerator, or longer is fine if you’re at work all day.

Low-Carb Marinated Beef Kabobs found on KalynsKitchen.com
Drain the meat, thread on to skewers, and let it come to room temperature while the grill heats to medium-high heat. (Double skewers are great for Kabobs if you don’t have blade skewers like these gorgeous ones I got in Istanbul.) When kabobs are nicely browned on one side, turn and cook until done to your liking. (See full recipe below for approximate cooking time.) With kabobs it’s easy to take off one piece and cut into it or use a digital meat thermometer to test for doneness.

Low-Carb Marinated Beef Kabobs found on KalynsKitchen.com
This would taste great with something like World’s Easiest Grilled Vegetables or Grilled Asparagus with Parmesan for a low-carb meal.

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Low-Carb Marinated Beef Kabobs found on KalynsKitchen.com

Low-Carb Marinated Beef Kabobs
(Makes 4 generous kabobs but recipe can easily be doubled, recipe created by Kalyn and cooked for years on houseboats at Utah’s Lake Powell.)

Ingredients:
2 pounds lean beef cut into 2 inch cubes

(Use cuts such as tri-tip, London broil, top sirloin, or top loin.  I used tri-tip and trimmed a lot of fat.  If you marinate longer you could use tougher cuts of meat.)

Marinade Ingredients:
2 T beef stock or red wine
2 T balsamic vinegar
1 T Worcestershire sauce
(use a Paleo/Whole 30 approved Worcestershire Sauce if desired)
1/4 cup olive oil
1/2 tsp. onion powder
1/2 tsp. garlic powder
1 tsp. steak seasoning
(any brand, I used my homemade Montreal Steak Seasoning)
1/2 tsp. dried thyme
1/2 tsp. dried oregano
black pepper to taste
2 bay leaves

Instructions:

Trim most of the visible fat from the meat and cut into 2″ cubes. Stir together the beef stock (or red wine), balsamic vinegar, Worcestershire sauce, olive oil, onion powder, garlic powder, steak seasoning, dried thyme, dried oregano, black pepper, and add bay leaves.  Put meat cubes into the smallest Ziploc bag (or plastic container with a snap-tight lid) that will fit all the meat, then pour in the marinade.  Marinate meat at least 4-6 hours in the refrigerator (or longer is fine if you’re gone all day.)

When ready to cook, drain kabobs while you preheat grill to medium-high. (You can only hold your hand there for a few seconds at that heat.) Put meat tightly on skewers and let it come to room temperature while the grill heats.  

Grill kabobs to desired doneness, turning as soon as you get some nice grill marks on the first side.  Cooking time will depend on the thickness of the meat and how hot your grill is, but approximate times would be about 8-10 minutes for rare, 10-12 minutes for medium rare, or 12-15 minutes for medium.  With kabobs it’s easy to take off one piece of meat and cut into it to see if it’s done to your liking, or use a digital meat thermometer to check the temperature.

Let the kabobs rest about 5 minutes before serving.  This is great with World’s Easiest Grilled Vegetables, which can cook along with it on the grill.

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Low-Carb Diet / Low-Glycemic Diet / South Beach Diet Suggestions:

This would be a perfect main dish for low-carb eating plans or any phase of the South Beach Diet, and if you omit the Worcestershire Sauce it can also be approved for Paleo or Whole 30 diets. For the South Beach Diet, remember the guideline to use beef with less than 10% fat.

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44 comments on “Low-Carb Marinated Beef Kabobs”

  1. I think your blog looks great!

  2. Kalyn, I've been a fan of your blog for months now, and finally decided I should tell you just how much my friends and I enjoy not only your recipes, but the blog itself. It is very well put together, not only visually appealing but also well organized and user friendly, and easily navigable. Your images are beautiful as well! Thank you for all of your time and effort- I don't know if I could "South Beach" without you, and I tell others to check you out for conventional recipes as well.

    Thanks!

  3. Sabrina thank you so much for the very nice feedback.

  4. Thank you so much for your wonderful recipe and for all those marvelous links. Look forward to trying them very soon!

  5. Paddy, hope you enjoy the kabobs!

  6. Kalyn, this looks yummy! Have a fab Memorial Day weekend. 🙂

  7. I'll bet these were very popular with your houseboat clients. They are summer epitomized.

  8. Heather, Memorial Day weekend still has good memories of the end of school, so I'll definitely enjoy it. Happy weekend to you too!

    Thanks Dara; they were always a hit.

  9. Memorial Day grilling brings out the carnivore in me! These will definitely be on the menu alongside some grilled asparagus spears.

  10. Lydia, I'm not usually that much of a carnivore, but grilling season brings it out in me as well!

  11. I love your blog!! I would love for you to link up one of your healthy recipes to my new linky party called "Fit and Fabulous Fridays". It runs all day tomorrow, so come join the healthy recipe party:) You have wonderful things to share…Happy eating!

  12. Love beef kabobs….yum yum!

  13. These really do look amazing. Perfect for the holiday weekend!

  14. Amee, thanks for thinking of me, but I've been blogging for so long that I don't do those kinds of things any more.

    Pete, thanks!

    Maris, bring on the weekend!

  15. Those look fantastic, Kalyn! We're kabob fans, but don't thave them that often. But I believe we need to have these immediately! I'll be looking for those double skewers to use–great idea. Had no notion that you had a previous life catering for houseboat guests … lucky folks!

    Shirley

  16. Shirley the double skewers are fantastic. Wish I could remember where I got them! I catered and organized the houseboat trips for about ten years; lots of fun at the lake!

  17. Oh, I bet these tasted so good! They look great! Thanks for sharing 🙂

  18. Just to let you know how great is your blog! Have a nice weekend and thank you for sharing all those gorgeous recipes.
    Cheers

  19. Cooking Creation, glad you like it.

    Mamatkamal, thanks for the nice feedback, and happy weekend to you too!

  20. I just wanted to let you know how much I enjoy your blog. Great recipes and pics! You have inspired me to try Southbeach again (and maybe this time I can stay on track….)

  21. Oh Heidi, I LOVE hearing that. And staying on track is a one-day-at-a-time thing for all of us. If you get off track, just get back on the next day!

  22. Hi Kalyn,
    I did a little search and found the skewers you use are Elizabeth Karmel's Grill Friends Double Kabob Skewers. Hope that does not come across as an advertizement or endorsement, but the skewers look like they work well and I was wondering were you got them also. Now you know!

  23. Thanks Steve! I just searched on my blog and found a post where I mentioned that I got them at Plaza Gourmet in Healdsburg, California when I visited my sister-in-law a few years ago. I just googled the brand name you found and it looks like you can buy the same Double Kabob Skewersat Amazon.com too. (Full disclosure, if anyone clicks that link and buys them, Kalyn's Kitchen does earn a small commission.) Maybe I need to write a post about them, because I do love these skewers!

  24. Kalyn,
    These look and sound really delicious. Love the skewers. My last attempt at beef kabobs was a disappointment so I'm tossing that recipe and will try this one soon.
    Have a great weekend!

  25. They look so succulent! The hours of marinating really works! Lovely pictures, too!

  26. You are heavenly. No really… heavenly. I went to Greece for the first time this year. I ate this every day in Athens. I think I just started crying out of joy.

  27. Suzanne, I've been to Greece and loved it. I think this recipe for Souvlaki might be more like what you had there:

  28. Just made this for dinner. Yum. This will be a regular for me.

  29. Excellent marinade. Made this last night and will definitely make again. Thanks

  30. So glad you enjoyed it!

  31. When it says 2T in the measurement does that mean tablespoons??

  32. No Grill. ..any oven instructions?

  33. Hi Kalyn,
    I have beef marinating right now and am so excited for dinner! I am confused by your photos however. Do your photos represent more than the stated recipe amounts? I don't understand how you get a cup of marinade and mine just coated the beef cubes. I'm sure it will be delicious, just curious! Thank you for the recipe.

    • Hi Katherine,
      You're right; if I add up the ingredients I get about 9 tablespoons, not sure why it looks like so much in the photo. Maybe camera distortion, I just don't know! Hope you enjoy.

  34. I cannot wait to make these this weekend! Our daughter loves her veggies, do you think this marinade would work with broccoli as well? And would we have to adjust the grill time or temp at all?

    • Michelle, I'm not sure how this marinade would work on broccoli; I've never marinated broccoli before cooking or cooked it on the grill. Sorry I can't help but maybe try googling grilled broccoli and see what you find.

  35. When you're craving steak there is just no substitute! This marinade looks fabulous!

  36. Yumm, your kebabs must be super delicious! I'm already saving the recipe here so I can try at home =)

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