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This freezer-to-grill shish kabob recipe is the perfect meal for nights when you need a break from the crockpot.  It’s super healthy and so delicious that my husband and I were talking about them for weeks after I made them!  The best part is that you can prep them ahead of time, freeze them, and then throw them on the grill.

Freezer-to-Grill Shish Kabobs

After prepping 28 slow cooker freezer meals with my mom I decided to freeze some meals for the grill too.  I love the idea of having food for the grill waiting at our finger tips.  No need to waste time chopping and marinating on busy weeknights.

Freezer-to-Grill Shish Kabobs

There are two main reasons why I love making these shish kabobs ahead of time:

  1. Since all of the prep work and marinating is done ahead of time, all I need to do the day-of cooking is throw them on the grill.
  2. I can take advantage of meat and vegetable sales at the grocery store and make my shish kabobs at a fraction of the price.

Freezer-to-Grill Shish Kabobs

Since these shish kabobs cook for the first time out of the freezer, they taste exactly like fresh shish kabobs.  You would never know that they were frozen beforehand.  Yay!

While I like to freeze these shish kabobs for busy weeknight dinners, they’re also perfect for Labor Day picnics and entertaining friends.  Make a bunch at once and freeze them so you can relax the day of the event.

Freezer-to-Grill Shish Kabobs

I like to marinate my shish kabobs with extra virgin olive oil and whatever spice mix I have on-hand, but feel free to get creative.  Here’s my general “recipe.”

Freezer-to-Grill Shish Kabobs

Yields: 6 servings


  • 1 pound boneless chicken tenders
  • 1 pound boneless sirloin steaks
  • 3 bell peppers
  • 1 zucchini
  • 1 small red onion
  • 1 small yellow onion
  • 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons of herbs and seasonings (You can use something as simple at Montreal Steak Seasoning or try one of the homemade marinades in this post.)
  • 12-16 bamboo skewers


  1. Cut meat and vegetables into squares that are 1-2″ across.
  2. Thread onto bamboo skewers.  (I use two skewers per shish kabob so that the meat/vegetables are less likely to fall off.)  I recommend placing the meat and vegetables on different skewers because the meat might need more time cooking on the grill.
  3. Baste liberally with extra virgin olive oil.
  4. Sprinkle with your favorite herbs and seasonings.
  5. Place in two 9×13″ baking pans, cover with layers of plastic wrap and foil, and freeze for up to three months.

When you’re ready to eat, thaw overnight in the refrigerator and cook on the grill.  Serve with rice and enjoy!

Freezer-to-Grill Shish Kabobs


Thoughts or questions?  Leave a comment below and I’ll get back to you as soon as I can. 

I shared this recipe on Thirty Handmade Days on 7/12/15.

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7 years ago


MIght seem like a silly question, but what type of pans do you freeze the shish kabobs in? Can I use the foil ones so that I don’t have to be without my glass pans?

Looking forward to trying these!

Becky Dail
Becky Dail
7 years ago

One of my favorite kabob recipes is pork tenderloin (which is just as low fat as chicken breasts!) cut in chunks and marinated in Zesty Italian dressing (Fat-free if you want to be healthier :)) and put on skewers with chunks of red/green peppers and onion. It is always a winner when we have guests. I just had never thought of freezing them but I can see where that would work great! 🙂 Thanks for sharing!

Michelle Martinez
7 years ago

I am amazed that you can freeze those veggies and then grill them! Really???
They do not turn to mush!

Nancy Klein
Nancy Klein
2 years ago
Reply to  Michelle

Can you freeze them with the onion peppers and pineapple already on them?

Dawn Simpson
Dawn Simpson
7 years ago

Would mushrooms or grape tomatoes hold up to the freezing process?


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Susan Keyes
7 years ago

After the Kabobs are frozen couldn’t you place them in a freezer bag to save space? I freeze berries and meatballs on a baking sheet then package them up in bags for freezing.