Teriyaki Beef Kabobs

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Teriyaki Beef Kabobs with marinated tender steak, bell peppers, and red onions are easy to make, packed with teriyaki flavor, and always a crowd favorite.

366 CAL 16g CARBS 17g FAT 36g PROTEIN
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These Teriyaki Steak Kabobs will quickly become your new favorite grilled dinner made with fresh veggies, tender beef, and either a homemade or store-bought teriyaki sauce. Serve them with some Grilled Corn on the Cob or this Blueberry Corn Salad.

When you want a show stopping dinner that's actually super simple to make, kabobs are always the answer. Something about the extra step of threading some beef and vegetables onto a skewer changes a simple dinner into one people remember.

Plus it makes things simple, since the steak and veggies all cooked together. No managing different items on the grill. 

This version of beef kabobs is one of my favorites since it brings in all the sweet and savory flavors of teriyaki sauce. The beef marinates in the teriyaki sauce, soaking up all those delicious flavors. Then it's paired with bright bell peppers and red onion for a meal that is just plain delicious.

The other thing I love about this meal is that you have lots of options. If you have extra time, make homemade teriyaki sauce. In a rush? Use a bottle from the store. Use whatever veggies you have in the fridge. This recipe is very versatile. 

You could even turn this dish into tasty teriyaki steak bowls, taking inspiration from these Teriyaki Chicken Bowls.

Teriyaki Steak Kabobs with bell peppers, red onions, and suace on skewers on a wire rack.

What beef is best for making kabobs?

There are a few different options when you are making kabobs, but you want to make sure to choose something that will be nice and tender when it is grilled. Here are the three cuts I recommend:

  • Top sirloin steak: This is the most affordable option out there. It's lean, tender, and a great option for kabobs. Make sure to buy a thicker piece, thinner pieces won't cook evenly since they can't be cut into even cubes. 
  • New York strip: A bit more expensive than top sirloin but with more flavor and usually more tender. You will have to trim some of the excess fat off the steak. 
  • Tenderloin: Tenderloin, which is where the filet comes from, is the most tender option but also the most expensive. 
  • Steak tips: In some areas of the country, you can also buy steak tips from the butcher and those are a great option as well.

How to make healthier homemade teriyaki sauce?

When making these teriyaki beef kabobs, there are two options.  The first is to make your own homemade teriyaki sauce. The version below uses pineapple juice as a sweetener to reduce the sugar and uses low sodium soy sauce. You can also use a store bought teriyaki sauce. Look for one with lower sugar and natural ingredients if possible. This homemade sauce can be made in advance and stored in the fridge. 

  • 1/3 cup pineapple juice
  • 1/3 cup reduced sodium soy sauce
  • 3 tbsp. water
  • 3 tbsp honey (or brown sugar)
  • 2 tbsp rice wine vinegar
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 tsp. fresh ginger, minced
  • 1/4 tsp. pepper
  • 2 tsp. cornstarch
  • Directions: Add everything to a small saucepan and whisk together. Bring to a boil and stir well to make sure honey dissolves into the sauce. Turn heat down to medium and cook for about 5 minutes, stirring often, until the sauce is thick and coats a spoon nicely. Taste and season if needed. Make sure to watch the sauce since it can burn quickly.

Can these be made in the oven?

These beef kabobs can also be cooked under the broiler in the oven. Start by preheating the broiler. Then cook the kabobs for 3-5 minutes per side until the beef is cooked to your liking.  Let the kabobs rest for 3-5 minutes before serving. 

What to serve with beef kabobs?

Since you are most likely cooking these on the grill, it makes sense to also cook the side dish on the grill as well. Easy options include corn on the cob or for a no-cook side dish, make something like a green salad or slaw. Here are some other ideas:

Other easy side dish ideas could be an Asian inspired pasta salad, steamed rice, sliced pineapple, baked sweet potatoes, or quinoa. 

Beef kabobs in teriyaki sauce with bell peppers, red onions, and beef on a black plate.

Recipe Ideas and Tips

There are lots of ways to switch up these kabobs to put your own personal touch on the recipe. Here are some to consider:

  • Add an element of sweetness and thread some pineapple right on to the skewers alongside the beef.
  • Add mushrooms for an earthy element.
  • Add some zucchini or yellow squash to sneak in some extra vegetables.
  • Parboil baby potatoes and add them to the skewers for a side dish built right in. 
  • Make these spicy with some Sriacha in the teriyaki sauce.
  • Switch out teriyaki sauce for barbecue sauce or another marinade to create a different flavor.
  • If you aren't feeling like steak, make these with chicken breast, chicken thighs, pork, or tofu. 
  • Serve leftovers over these teriyaki brown rice vegetable bowls.

Looking for more kabob and skewer recipes?

The Recipe
Teriyaki beef kabobs with red onions, bell peppers, and teriyaki sauce on skewers on a rack.

Teriyaki Beef Kabobs

366 CAL 16g CARBS 17g FAT 36g PROTEIN
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  • 3/4 cup teriyaki sauce (homemade or store bought, low sugar)
  • 1.33 lbs boneless beef top sirloin steak, cut into large chunks
  • 1 red bell pepper, chopped
  • 1 green bell pepper, chopped
  • 1 yellow bell pepper, chopped
  • 1 red onion, chopped

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Add the teriyaki sauce and cubed steak to a ziploc bag or container. Let it marinate for 30 minutes up to 1 hour in the refrigerator. If using wooden skewers, soak them in water during this time.

Cued steaks in a bowl with teriyaki sauce and wooden skewers on the side.

Preheat the grill to high heat and lightly oil the grill grates. While the grill heats up, thread the bell peppers, red onions and steak onto the skewers.

Beef kabobs with red onions and bell peppers on wooden skewers with teriyaki sauce.

Grill the skewers for 8-12 minutes, or until the steak is cooked to your liking. Let rest for 5 minutes before serving.

Teriyaki beef kabobs on a grill.
Nutritional Facts
Serving Size: 1-2 kabobs (depending on size)
Amount Per Serving
Calories 366
Calories from Fat 153
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 17g
Saturated Fat 7g
Monounsaturated Fat 7g
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
Cholesterol 109mg
Sodium 2154mg
Total Carbohydrate 16g
Dietary Fiber 2g
Sugars 11g
Protein 36g

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

The Nutritional Values provided are estimates only and may vary based on the preparation method.

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