Can you cook kebabs in the oven?

In this brief article, we’ll focus on the query “Can you cook kebabs in the oven?” We’ll also discuss how kebabs are cooked in the oven, what are the advantages of cooking kebabs in the oven, what other ways there are to cook kebabs, and what to consider when cooking kebabs in the oven. 

Can you cook kebabs in the oven? 

Yes, kebabs can be baked oven-baked. Baking kebabs is convenient when looking to save time, or when a charcoal or propane grill isn’t readily available. 

Cooking kebabs in an oven exposes the meat and vegetables to a dry heat that is reputed to seal in the marinade’s flavor and reduces the likelihood of charring the ingredients as easily as a flame would. 

How can you cook kebabs in the oven? 

kebabs can be baked in the oven, with, of course, varying ingredients and the use of tin foil and a baking dish. 

The first step consists in preparing a marinade. Depending on which recipe is used, this can be made with different ingredients that range from honey, mustard, wine, Worcester sauce, lemon juice, soy sauce, garlic, and many others. 

The ingredients to be skewered should be sliced, ideally into evenly sized shapes, and soaked in the marinade for two hours. Once again, these ingredients will vary from recipe to recipe, and kebabs can be made with chicken, seafood, beef, pork, processed meats, or be altogether plant-based.  

After the aforementioned marinating time has elapsed, the ingredients can be placed on the skewering rods and hung on the edges of the baking dish. During this time, it’s feasible to preheat the oven to 375°F (190°C). 

The baking dish, now filled with ready-to-bake kebabs, can be placed inside the oven where it will cook. 

The cooking time will depend on the meat used, and the ideal internal temperature each meat should reach to be considered cooked. Visually determining when each kabab can also be done, as the ingredients will be browned, and checking on the kebabs to establish every few minutes can help establish an average cooking time for each setup.   

What are the advantages of cooking kebabs in the oven?

The advantages of cooking kebabs in an oven are that they are cooked by convection rather than over an open flame, which if not handled properly, may char meat and spoil the kababs. 

Also, baking kebabs is reputed to make the ingredients hold the marinade in better, as the heat is applied evenly to all surfaces of the skewered ingredients. 

Baking also enables the gradual evaporation of the ingredients’ water content, which means that one can dispense with the need for added fat, which is commonly added to grilled meats in the form of lard or bacon. 

What other ways can kebabs be cooked? 

kebabs can be grilled – which is most commonly referred to as barbecuing – in which the food is placed over a heat source, most commonly, a flame lit on charcoal, wood, or a gas burner. This cooking method is valued for conferring kebabs with an outdoor, smokey taste. Grilling on a barbecue is commonplace for social gatherings and outdoor cookouts.

Also, kebabs can be air fried – which similarly to the baking process, applies dry heat to the skewered ingredients, although it does so much faster. Using an air fryer is convenient when looking to avoid the hassle of preheating an oven or cleaning a barbecue gridiron and lighting the source. 

Alternatively, kebabs can be cooked in a frying pan or skillet. Once the ingredients have been skewered, they can be lightly varnished with melted butter and cooked in a non-stick pan and turned while cooking so that the ingredients achieve even browning. 

What should I consider if I want to cook kebabs in an oven?

When cooking kebabs in an oven, it’s important to consider how the cooking process will span out, namely, organizing the sequence of activities such as preparing the marinade and letting the ingredients soak in it. 

As the marinating process takes roughly two hours, you can begin to prepare the baking dish, line it with foil (if so instructed by the recipe), and power on the oven to have it ready at the necessary temperature, once the ingredients have been skewered. 

As the cooking time will vary depending on the meat (or lack thereof) chosen, it’s worth stressing that readers may have to rely on visual indicators to determine whether the ingredients have cooked, such as browning. 

While there is a very low risk of eating undercooked meat in kebabs when baking, if, in doubt, readers may resort to using a thermometer to check the inside of the meat slices to make sure they’ve reached a proper cooking temperature. 


In this brief article, we’ve focused on the query “Can you cook kebabs in the oven?” We’ve also discussed how kebabs can be cooked in the oven, what are the advantages of cooking kebabs in the oven, what other ways there are to cook kebabs, and what to consider when cooking kebabs in the oven. 


Hi, I am Charlotte, I love cooking and in my previous life, I was a chef. I bring some of my experience to the recipes on this hub and answer your food questions.