Jerk Beef and Plantain Kabobs

By | April 21, 2009

Jamaican Jerk Beef Recipe With Kabobs


6 ounce top loin beef steak, cut into 1 inch thick
½ tablespoon Jamaican jerk seasoning
2 plantains, peeled and chopped into 1 inch chunks
½ medium red onion, cut into wedges
1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
½ tablespoon cooking oil
Mixed greens, lettuce
Lemon wedges

Jamaican Jerk Beef Cooking Method

  1. Choose lean cuts of meat and trim any visible fat. Cut top loin steak into 1 inch thick pieces and leave aside.
  2. Stir in cooking oil along with red wine vinegar and Jamaican jerk seasoning in a small bowl. Toss the beef pieces in half the amount of vinegar and oil mixture.
  3. Thread the meat pieces alternately on two long skewers using meat, onion wedges and plantain chunks. Don’t overcrowd the skewers; leave at least a gap of ¼ inch between each piece. Brush the remaining vinegar and oil mixture over onions and plantains. (If you plan to use wooden skewers then make sure to soak them in enough water for at least 30 minutes prior to usage. Drain and pat them dry before use).
  4. Directly place the skewers over medium coals on a rack of an uncovered grill. Cover and grill for about 10 to 12 minutes or until the meat is tender and cooked. For even grilling turn the skewers occasionally. When done, serve with lettuce or mixed salad greens. If desired garnish with few lemon wedges. This recipe makes 2 servings.

Health Tip:

  • Plantains, far cousins of bananas have a starchy and mild squash like flavor which can take place of a yellow summer squash or zucchini in these meat skewers.
  • Jerk beef and plantains kabobs is a diabetes friendly recipe which provides about 258 calories, 31 gm carbohydrates, 7 gm total fat (52 mg cholesterol and 2 gm saturated fat) and 20 gm protein per serving.
  • This recipe provides about 271 mg sodium per serving. So if you are on sodium restricted diet and plan to include this recipe in your meals then balance your intake of other sodium rich foods accordingly. To reduce the sodium content of this recipe use reduced sodium vinegar instead of the regular type.
  • Use only lean or extra lean cuts of meat when given a choice. Also try and remove all the visible fat from red meat before proceeding further with the recipe. This small step will help to reduce not only the total calories but also the cholesterol and saturated fat values.
  • Plantains are often mistaken as raw bananas. But they are different – they are much longer than bananas and have a thicker skin, so make sure of what you buy.