This Grilled Strawberry Kebab Recipe with Basil is a fabulous appetizer that doubles as dessert. It’s sweet, savory and bursts with the essence of summer.
I love this grilled strawberry kebab recipe — while it’s certainly sweet enough for dessert, the fresh basil leaves make it suitable for an appetizer too.
The balsamic glaze gives it a bit of depth — perhaps like a chocolate sauce might.
During the summer strawberries enter the peak of their season.
A perfect strawberry is intoxicating. And grilled strawberries are a fun way to mix things up a little.
Buying Strawberries at the Farmers Market
If it’s convenient, buy your strawberries at your local Farmers Market. They’ll be the best — organic locally sourced and super sweet.
Any produce is best when it hasn’t traveled too far to reach you.
You can find a Farmers Market near you here.
Always walk up and down the market having a sample at each strawberry booth before deciding where to buy. I have a favorite booth at certain markets — and it’s great to develop a relationship with the growers, too. You’ll get a lot of information about your produce this way, and it makes shopping at the market much more fun.
What’s in this recipe?
- balsamic vinegar
Truly, this is a treat than can also be a side for an outdoor barbecue dinner, over ice-cream for dessert, or just as a delightful snack. There’s always a place for grilled strawberries.
Whenever you have it, I hope you enjoy this strawberry kebab recipe as much as I do.
More summer fruit recipes:
- Grilled Chile Lime Watermelon
- Mango-Manchego Basil Salad Recipe
- Fruit Carpaccio with Minty Strawberries
- Avocado Toast Recipes with Mint and Fruit
- Grilled Peaches with Cashel Blue and Honey
Grilled Strawberry Kebabs with Basil
- To clean the strawberries, use a damp paper to wipe each one off. Remove the stems and cut each one in half, lengthwise.
- One by one, gently slide each strawberry half onto a metal or wooden skewer (if you're using wooden, soak them in water for about 10 minutes first). Between each strawberry half, slide on one or two basil leaves. Set aside.
- In a small mixing bowl, whisk together the honey, vinegar, vanilla and a pinch of sea salt. Set aside.
- Preheat a stove-top grill or your barbecue and drizzle or brush a bit of grape seed oil onto the flat surface of each strawberry. Once the grill is hot, place the strawberry skewers on it, flat side down. You should hear a sizzling sound -- if you don't the grill is not hot enough. Wait until it is! Grill until each side is marked from the grill, about 30 seconds per side. Place the skewers on a plate and while they're still hot, use a pastry brush to add the glaze to the kebabs. Remove them from the skewers to serve.