Indian-Style Beef Kabobs with Cilantro Coconut Sauce

4.88 from 8 votes
45 minutes
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Indian-Style Beef Kabobs with Cilantro – Coconut Sauce are a delicious and exotic way to shake up your grilling routine.  Best of all, they’re easy enough for a weeknight!

Indian-Style Beef Kabobs with Cilantro-Coconut Sauce - Overhead shot of cooked kabobs on gray-rimmed platter garnished with lime wedges and cilantro

My husband is a good cook in is own right.  We have learned over the years that because we each have our “ways,” cooking together does not exactly nurture marital harmony.

We both love bold, spicy flavor so this dish of Indian-Spiced Beef Kabobs with Cilantro – Coconut Sauce is always a hit with us and also because it has both indoor and outdoor cooking components.

What is a kabob?

Kabob cookery is centuries old and enjoyed the world over.  They’re fun, festive and can be assembled well ahead of grilling.  Any protein, vegetable or fruit that can be threaded onto a skewer will work.

How to make Indian-Style Beef Kabobs with Cilantro – Coconut Sauce:

  • Start with good beef.  Use ribeye, sirloin or even tenderloin!
  • Cut into good-sized cubes.

Cubed beef on wood cutting board

  • Here’s a pro kabob tip!  Arrange all your kabob ingredients on a baking sheet or cutting board before threading onto skewers.  That way you know each skewer will have equal ingredients but most of all, each guest will have equal amounts.

Overhead shot of meat and onions before threading skewer through

  • Mix up the Cilantro – Coconut Sauce which is ridiculously super simple!
  • Simply combine everything in a food processor or blender to process until smooth!

Overhead shot of Cilantro Coconut Sauce in food processor

  • Combine the Cilantro – Coconut Sauce with a few other ingredients such as oil, lime juice and curry powder and brush some over the kabobs.

Overhead shot of kabobs with the marinade brushed cover before grilling

  • Then send your hubby, significant other, loved one, etc. outside to do the grilling!  You can then relax with a glass of wine!

Indian-Style Beef Kabobs with Cilantro-Coconut Sauce - Another overhead shot of kabobs on gray-rimmed platter garnished with cilantro and lime wedges

Ta-daaah!  Indian-Style Beef Kabobs with Cilantro – Coconut Sauce are super simple and tastes so amazing!  Perfect for dinner to enjoy on a weeknight or with friends!

Serve with basmati rice or wrap in warm naan for a lovely Indian-inspired evening!

And with that, let’s get onto Progressive Eats for June!

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Indian-Style Beef Kabobs with Cilantro Coconut Sauce

4.88 from 8 votes

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By: Carol | From A Chef's Kitchen
Indian-Style Beef Kabobs with Cilantro - Coconut Sauce are super easy even though they taste exotic!  Best of all, they're perfect for a weeknight dinner!
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Course Beef
Cuisine Indian
Servings 4
Calories 551 kcal


Cilantro - Coconut Sauce

  • 1 large bunch cilantro with stems - about 2 cups
  • 1 bunch scallions - coarsely chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic - chopped
  • 1 serrano pepper - or jalapeno pepper, coarsely chopped
  • 1 piece (1-inch) ginger - peeled and coarsely chopped
  • 1 cup coconut milk
  • Salt - to taste

Marinade and Kabobs

  • 2 tablespoons canola oil
  • 2 tablespoons lime juice
  • 1 tablespoon Cilantro - Coconut Sauce
  • 1 tablespoon curry powder
  • 1 1/2 pounds rib-eye or sirloin steak - trimmed and cubed
  • 1 medium red onion - but into 8 sections
  • Naan or pita bread - optional


Cilantro - Coconut Sauce

  • Combine all ingredients in a food processor blender. Process until smooth. Transfer to a bowl and set aside.

Marinade and Kabobs

  • Combine ingredients in a small bowl. Brush over skewers.
  • Preheat a grill to medium-high. Thread beef and onions evenly onto skewers. Grill to desired doneness, turning once. Serve with sauce on naan bread if desired.


MAKE AHEAD:  Cilantro - Coconut Sauce can be made 1 day ahead of time.  Refrigerate until needed.


Calories: 551kcal | Carbohydrates: 7g | Protein: 36g | Fat: 43g | Saturated Fat: 22g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 3g | Monounsaturated Fat: 17g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 104mg | Sodium: 100mg | Potassium: 694mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 254IU | Vitamin C: 8mg | Calcium: 47mg | Iron: 5mg

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  1. I’ve also got a husband that loves to grill… except when it’s 100 degrees plus and humid. LOL.
    Your beef kabobs look spectacular (and the sauce heavenly). I’m looking forward to getting Mark’s help to get these on the table soon! P.S. Thanks for the tip for arranging in advance. I always end up with one skewer that isn’t quite like the others…

    1. Thanks, Tamara! Yeah, standing at a grill is a little tough is super humid weather. The sauce rocks! Thanks again and hope you enjoy!

  2. 5 stars
    In my house, my beloved is definitely the griller-in-chief. In fact, he doesn’t even let me get near the grill. But that’s fine with me, if he’ll grill these beef kabobs. PS – Any thoughts on how I can gracefully hint to him that he take your pro tip? Last time he threaded the kabobs, he made one less than there were people at the table and luckily he and I were the last two (so we shared a kabob.) Still, it would have been nice if he had made one more so we could each have had our own:)

    1. Hi, Laura, Oh, my. That’s quite the booboo! Maybe just tell him you heard this great tip! The other thing that’s fun to do when you have guests is to set up all the ingredients and let your guests thread their own kabobs so they get exactly what they want on them. Thanks so much!