photo of shashlik kebab skewers being barbequed

Shashlik kebabs on a grill

Shashlik (sometimes also called shashlyk or shish kebab) is a term given to skewered meat in some parts of the world, particularly in Eastern Europe and in Middle Eastern countries. Traditionally the meat used would be lamb or goat, especially in Islamic countries.  But these days it can be found with a variety of meat, eg pork, chicken, beef or fish, depending on local preferences and religious beliefs.

Sometimes the skewers are threaded with meat only and sometimes the meat is alternated with pieces of fat – good for keeping the meat moist when grilling – or vegetable pieces, eg onion, bell pepper, tomato, mushrooms, etc.

A favourite in Pakistan and Afghanistan is to serve several skewers of lamb or goat meat on a naan bread and accompany it with sliced red onions, sliced tomatoes, green chillies, a bunch of coriander, and lime wedges.

Greece has a very similar type of kebab called souvlaki, and traditionally this is made with pork meat.



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