These lemongrass and ginger skewers are inspired by the flavors of Southeast Asian cuisine.
It’s such an easy recipe to make but it’s guaranteed that it will only make people happy around the table!
And it can also be prepared in advance which is a win when you are having people over for dinner.
And must we add, the mix of lemongrass, ginger and honey is a real treat.
Where can you buy lemongrass?
Lemongrass is a plant native to Asia whose stem is used to flavor dishes and drinks.
Its sweet and lemony flavor pleasantly perfumes marinades, broths and infusions.
It also has the advantage of not “cooking” the meats as lemon juice can do in a marinade.
The meat therefore remains very tender and juicy.
You can find lemongrass stems in large grocery chains in the fresh herb aisle.
Chopped lemongrass can also be purchased frozen at most Asian grocery stores.
What can you serve with these skewers?
Obviously, rice is the first accompaniment that comes to mind!
Otherwise, green or grilled vegetables on the BBQ are another great option.
It is also possible to make slightly smaller skewers and serve them as an aperitif, with a lager or a white wine such as a riesling.
For the turkey skewers:
- 500 g boneless, skinless turkey thighs, cut into about 1-inch cubes
For the marinade:
- 2 Tbsp soy sauce
- 1 Tbsp honey
- 2 tsp lemongrass, chopped (see note 1)
- 1 Tbsp ginger, chopped
- 3 garlic cloves, chopped
- 2 Tbsp olive oil
To marinate the turkey skewers:
- Put all the ingredients for the marinade in a large bowl and mix well.
- Add the turkey cubes and coat them completely with the marinade.
- Cover and refrigerate for about 2 hours.
- Preheat the barbecue to medium heat.
- Drain the turkey and discard the marinade.
- Thread the turkey cubes on skewers.
- Cook the skewers for 7 to 8 minutes on each side, flipping once, until they are nicely grilled, and the turkey is no longer pink.
Note 1: You can find lemongrass stems in major grocery stores, in the fresh herbs department. You can also buy frozen chopped lemongrass at most Asian grocery stores.
Note 2: If using wooden skewers, soak them in water first.