Summer means firing up the grill and enjoying time outside! Dinner on the grill usually means less clean-up, which is one of my favorite things. You know what else I love? These Yogurt Marinated Pork Kebobs with pork tenderloin cubes marinated in Greek yogurt and warm spices. They’re grilled to perfection and served with a lemon yogurt sauce!
When you can prep dinner in the morning and just throw it on the grill at night, you know that dinner is going to be delicious. The calcium and lactic acid in Greek yogurt make it a great marinade for meat, like for these kebabs, my Yogurt Marinated Chicken or these Honey Mustard Yogurt Chicken Skewers. Together, they break down the protein in meat, making it very tender and moist. Since lactic acid doesn’t come with the same risk of making food mushy as other acid-based marinades, you can leave the chicken in the yogurt overnight or up to 24 hours.
Because lactic acid is much more mild than other acids often used in meat marinades (like citrus, vinegar or wine), it works more slowly, which means it does not break down meat as quickly, so you run less risk of making meat mushy or tough. Some marinades just flavor the surface of chicken, but Greek yogurt tenderizes the meat, keeping it juicy and never rubbery, thanks to its acidity.
Greek yogurt is full of protein; it usually has 14-17 grams of protein per serving. Marinating meat in Greek yogurt produces a tangy flavor, too!
Up your summer grilling game with Yogurt Marinated Pork Kebobs!
Yogurt Marinated Pork Kebobs
- 4 servings
- 3/4 cup Greek yogurt plain
- 1 lemon juiced
- 1 teaspoon ground cumin
- 1 teaspoon ground coriander
- 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
- 1 pound pork tenderloin cut into cubes
Lemon Yogurt Sauce:
- 1 cup Greek yogurt plain
- 1 teaspoon lemon zest
- 1 teaspoon lemon juice salt and pepper to taste
- In a large bowl, whisk together all the ingredients for the marinade except the pork. Once well-blended, add pork cubes and mix to coat. Cover with plastic and place in the fridge for 1-10 hours.
- Meanwhile, in a bowl, combine all the ingredients for the sauce. Store in fridge until ready to serve.
- Preheat grill to high heat.
- Thread cubes of pork onto skewers. Place on hot grill and cook for 6-7 minutes per side until cooked through.
- Remove pork from the grill and serve with prepared sauce.
Notes: This recipe works great with chicken as well.