Update: This recipe was originally published in 2017 and has been republished with all new photos and a new pesto sauce.
My love affair with the grill is about ten years strong now. It’s a thing. Don’t tell my husband. Full disclosure: He’s cool with it because it means he comes home to meals like the one I’m sharing today.
Based on the number of times he’s requested I make these for guests I’d say these Pesto Steak Kabobs have his vote for favorite grilling recipe. Don’t argue with the man. (It’s futile, really.) Just try them for yourself.
Let’s talk kabobs.
They cook super fast.
With a great marinade they can be really really flavorful.
Prep and clean up is easy.
They cook super fast. Oh I know I said that already but it bears repeating.
This kabob recipe is particularly fast because steak, tomatoes, and peppers are all quick cooking foods. That’s one of the biggest mistakes people make with kabobs. They try to pair things together that require different cooking times. Doing so can result in something being overdone while something else is underdone. Not today, baby.
More good news! These kabobs are dairy free (yes, even with that glorious pesto), gluten free, and Whole30 compliant. Can I get an amen for a good for you dinner that doesn’t sacrifice on taste?
Once these beauties go on the grill the countdown is on and you’re no more than 7-10 minutes away from devouring them. (Depending on how thick you cut your steak and what level of doneness you like.)
Have you ever grilled or roasted tomatoes before? They get extra soft and sweet with a little heat. Oh my, it makes a difference! The green bell pepper gives a nice crunchy contrast to the tomatoes.
And then there’s the Pistachio Lemon Pesto. So simple to make and packs a powerful punch. Plus it’s dairy free which makes it lower in calories than traditional pesto.
This is definitely not a boring kabob recipe. But be careful. Make this one time and your family is going to be requesting you do it again and again. Not that I have a problem with that.
Pesto Steak Kabobs with Blistered Tomatoes & PeppersPrint Recipe Pin Recipe
- 1 1/2 - 2 lbs top sirloin steak
- 3 green bell peppers
- grape or cherry tomatoes
- salt & pepper
- 1/4 cup coconut aminos can use soy sauce if not Whole30
- 1/4 cup olive oil
Pistachio Lemon Pesto
- 3 cups packed fresh basil
- 1/4 cup pistachios shelled
- 3 tbsp lemon juice
- 1 clove garlic or 1/2 tsp minced garlic
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1/3 cup olive oil extra virgin
- Cut your steak into large pieces (around 1 1/4 - 1 1/2 inches). Try to keep them uniform in size so they'll cook in the same amount of time.
- Add your steak and marinade ingredients to a gallon ziploc bag. Squeeze out excess air and zip closed. Use your fingers to massage the marinade evenly around the steak. Let sit for at least 30 minutes, flipping the bag over occasionally.
- Cut the top off your green bell pepper. Scoop out the inside and discard along with the top. Slice pepper into evenly sized chunks.
- Thread your marinaded steak, bell pepper, and tomatoes onto skewers.
- Place on a baking sheet and drizzle excess marinade from the bag over the kabobs so that your veggies also have a nice coat. (The olive oil in the marinade will help the veggies get a beautiful char.) Salt & pepper.
- Place on grill so they're not touching. You'll want the grill on medium-high heat. Grill for 3-5 minutes. Flip. Grill for another 3-5 minutes. Remove when you've achieved your desired doneness.
- Let the kabobs rest for a few minutes.
- In a blender combine pesto ingredients and blend. Brush over steak & serve!
This recipe has been updated to include my dairy free Pistachio Lemon Pesto. If you have been making it with my original pesto recipe you can continue to do so. You'll just need to blend 2 cups fresh basil leaves, 1/2 cup parmesan, 1/4 cup pine nuts, 1/2 tsp lemon juice, and 1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil (can use more oil to get to your preferred consistency).
Nutrition information is for 1 kabob and assumes you make 6 total. This can vary depending on how big your kabobs are.
Made these and love them? If you share a photo of yours on Instagram tag me so I can check it out!