Steak Shish Kabobs in Red Wine Marinade

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Steak Shish Kabobs in Red Wine Marinade infused with garlic and rosemary make a very memorable and low-carb meal. Grill or broil them in the oven. Lots of tips from our Meal Assembly Kitchen store.

Cooked Steak Shish Kabobs in Red Wine Marinade on plate

Summer is for grilling and chilling! As for the grilling, let me suggest Steak Shish Kabobs. It’s a meal on a stick, which is just plain fun! Add a salad or rice and dinner is done.

This red wine marinade with garlic and fragrant rosemary perfectly tenderizes sirloin steak fillets. Alternate meat with vegetables that cozy up to the beef for even more flavor.

My Chief Grilling Officer (a.k.a. my hubby) reluctantly switched from our tried and true zesty marinade (a.k.a. for Best London Broil Marinade) to make this recipe. The result?

Two thumbs up. And, he is very, very picky. 🙂

How to Make Shish Kabob Marinade

A good marinade can take a nice cut of beef from pretty good to outstanding!

The main ingredient is a dry, fruity red wine. Use a favorite one that you might drink, rather than buying a cooking wine with added salt. Since we don’t drink a lot of wine, we buy small bottles for cooking purposes to make recipes like Crock Pot Beef and Vegetables in Red Wine Sauce and Red Wine Marinade for Pork Tenderloin.

We used Merlot. Other options include Cabernet Sauvignon, Pinot Noir, and Cabernet Franc.

Below are the other ingredients you will need to prepare:

  • Lots of pressed or minced fresh garlic.
  • Fresh rosemary, which may or may not be inspired because it’s the only fresh herb that grows with any predictability at my house! Substitute 1 teaspoon of dried rosemary if desired.

Olive oil, lemon juice, salt, and pepper are the remaining ingredients. This marinade is perfect for sirloin, flank steak, and beef tips.

How long to marinate steak

Marinating steak allows the tissues to break down and has a tenderizing effect. the beef absorbs more liquid and that makes the cooked steak juicier.

Place beef cubes in a flat glass dish or plastic bag, so that the beef is covered with marinade. Marinate for at least 2 hours or up to 24 hours for the best flavor.

The rich, fragrant smell of the wine in this marinade wafts through the room…you just know that the steak is going to taste fabulous!

Red Wine Marinade for Steak in measuring cup

How to Assemble Steak Shish Kebabs

Did you catch that? I just called it a Kebabs instead of a Kebobs. Turns out either pronunciation is correct. Either way, these are delicious and easy to assemble.

Preparing Wooden Skewers

Soak wooden skewers before using them. Place them in a bowl of water for about 30 minutes. I’ve read suggestions for soak times from 10 minutes to overnight, and sometimes in wine.

It’s supposed to prevent the skewers from burning, although the tips will char anyways. In fact, some experts say you don’t need to soak wooden skewers at all.

Just to be safe, we always soak for at least 30 minutes. Or, buy metal skewers!

Vegetables to use for Steak Shish Kabobs

Alternate beef cubes with tomatoes, green pepper, and onion or your favorite vegetables. Other things to try in this recipe:

  • Mushrooms
  • Zucchini
  • Yellow squash
  • Red onion

Check out our Seasonal Produce Guide for more ideas!

Brush vegetables with a little marinade if desired. But, once everything is in place, THROW AWAY THE EXCESS MARINADE! It is not safe to eat.

Skewered Shish kabobs in red wine marinade

Cooking Tips for Steak Shish Kabobs

Cook kabobs on the grill over medium-high heat or broil them in the oven!

The exact cook time will vary depending upon the thickness of the meat cubes and how pink you like your beef. For safety, cook beef to an internal temperature of 160 degrees F.

Monitor the shish kabobs as they cook because they’re done very quickly. Use an oven mitt and turn them at least once for consistent browning. It takes about 4-5 minutes per side for slightly pink meat.

If you are broiling, move the cooking rack to within 3-4 inches of the heating element and use a broiling pan so that excess liquid can drain into a lower pan.

How to Freeze Steak in Red Wine Marinade

Believe it or not, we offered a recipe just like this one at our Meal Assembly Kitchen Store! Options to freeze:

  • Add the marinade and beef to a freezer-safe bag. Seal tightly it, removing excess air, and store in the freezer. When ready to cook, defrost the bag, skewer the meat and add fresh vegetables.
  • Or, add fresh vegetables to the bag with the meat marinade. Hearty and thick cut vegetables, such as onion, peppers and cherry tomatoes will be fine.

Don’t forget to label containers. Use within 2 months for the very best results.

Red Wine Marinade Recipe for Shish Kebabs on plate

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Steak Shish Kabobs in Red Wine Marinade

Tenderize your beef shish kabobs with this fragrant red wine marinade with a hint of rosemary. Add your favorite vegetables and you're in for an easy and memorable meal!
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time35 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Servings: 6 servings
Calories: 357kcal



  • 1 cup Red wine we used Merlot
  • 3/4 cup olive oil
  • 1 Tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon pepper
  • 3-5 garlic cloves pressed or minced
  • 1 Tablespoon fresh rosemary chopped; 1 teaspoon dried


  • 2 pounds sirloin steak fillets cut into 1 1/2 inch cubes
  • 2 green peppers cut into 8 pieces
  • 1 white onion quartered
  • 24 cherry tomatoes
  • 8-10 skewers soak wooden skewers in water for 30 minutes before using


  • Mix marinade ingredients together and pour into a large bag that seals or a flat container.
  • Add beef to bag and marinate for at least 2 hours and up to 24 hours. 
  • Remove beef from marinade, discarding excess marinade.
  • Assemble shish kabobs by alternating meat cubes and vegetables on a skewer. 3 pieces of meat fit nicely on a 12 inch skewer.
  • Grill over medium heat for about 3 minutes on each side. Use an oven mitt to turn the skewers.


Calories: 357kcal | Carbohydrates: 7g | Protein: 34g | Fat: 19g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 92mg | Sodium: 484mg | Potassium: 792mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 490IU | Vitamin C: 50.8mg | Calcium: 61mg | Iron: 3.3mg
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  1. I haven’t grilled kabobs in far too long. I’m putting this recipe on my to-grill list for this summer.

  2. You gotta have shish kabobs when you’re talking about grilling! Glad someone thought of it 🙂

  3. Haha, my hubby would revolt, too! I bet these made yours very happy! Mine would love your terrific shish kabobs, too!

  4. I absolutely love grilling kabobs over the summer. . meat and veggies all on a stick. . can’t think of anything better!! These look great!

  5. Kabobs are so much fun! Yours look perfect!

  6. Kabobs are definitely a summer grilling classic in our household – love the marinade you created!

  7. Your shish kabobs look amazing! I love the marinade!

  8. Seriously, who could resist a meal on a stick? (Not me.) Your shish kabobs look amazing, no wonder the hubs was happy!

  9. Kabob me! These look so good. Pinned.

  10. I love the combination of rosemary, garlic and Gallo Family Vineyards Merlot. I am craving this as I type!!

  11. Your photos are GORGEOUS!

  12. I have a flourishing rosemary plant and a bottle of red wine that is destined to be made into this delicious recipe. Something about kabobs makes it extra fun! 🙂

  13. There’s something so great about a good kabob…and your marinade looks amazing! I would serve this over a nice rice pilaf and sit down to a huge plate.

  14. This sounds like such a perfect marinade!

  15. You had me at Red Wine and Rosemary. What a great combination! Love your kabobs!

  16. Yum yum and MORE yum!! These sound terrific!

  17. Sounds like it is time for me to break out the skewers and make some kabobs!

  18. Kabobs are one of our summertime favorites and I’m always trying different marinades. Can’t wait to try this one soon!

  19. Manila Spoon says

    I always use red wine in cooking so I can just imagine how flavorful this is! Summer-perfect!!

  20. These steak shish kebobs look amazing and will definitely be on the grill at our house soon! Thanks for a wonderful recipe!

  21. Sam Simmons says

    Wow! This marinade really did its job with my shish kabobs, they were a hit at my barbecue this weekend! Thanks for sharing!

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