Souvlaki, traditional recipe

If you have been to Greece, the chances are you’ve tried souvlaki or kebab (or both!).  As far as Greek fast food goes, every neighbourhood has at least one local souvlaki and a pizza place to cover our needs for a speedy meal.

Preparation time
30 minutes
Cooking time
10 minutes
Serves
Serves 4-6

Ingredients

  • 800 gr leg of pork, cut in 2cm chunks
  • 100 ml olive oil
  • ½ lemon, for its juice
  • 2 tsp of mustard
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 8 wooden skewers

Souvlaki, the ultimate Greek fast food!

Whilst pizza is ideal for accompanying movies on a lazy evening in, you can grab a souvlaki anywhere and take it wherever you go. Souvlaki is our national hero. It can be your lunch, dinner or breakfast after a late night out. You can find this versatile snack on the beach or even up a mountain. It accompanies you on an evening stroll, it’s a treat for the kids, a student’s staple and part of your Sunday barbecue. If there ever was such a thing as a king of Greek fast food, it is souvlaki! It’s juicy, yummy, super-easy to make and always there when you don’t know what to cook.

Souvlaki is as versatile as your taste. Your souvlaki wrap can be filled with a juicy, spiced kebab with lamb or beef. It can be filled with gyros, the iconic slowly roasted meat on the spit that  comes with a choice of pork or chicken filling. Chicken souvlaki or chicken skewers is a very popular option, often accompanied sauces other than tzatziki such as mustard or mayo based sauces. More modern additions to souvlaki, be it pork, lamb or chicken souvlaki include French fries, neatly packed in the wrap as well as a variety of salads.

The simplest souvlaki for BBQ is pork skewers, a true crowd-pleaser. Traditionally, the skewer was very simple, small bite-sized pieces of pork would be pierced on a skewer and cooked until tender over naked fire. Then you would have a drizzle of lemon and a sprinkle of Greek dried oregano. For a wrap, the preparation is again very simple. The classic filling for the soft Greek pita is tomato slices, slivers of onion and an ample dose of tzatziki. Of course in a pita wrap, as with any sandwich, imagination is your only limit. You can add any salad and spread you like and have a very filling meal.

How to cook

Pork souvlaki easy recipe

  1. 1. Cut the pork in chunks of approximately 2 cm. Place in a bowl and combine with olive oil, lemon juice, mustard and oregano. Mix well, cover and let it rest in the fridge for at least 30 minutes.
  2. 2. Take your skewers and cut them to the size of your griddle pan. Push gently the pork through the skewers and switch on the heat.
  3. 3. Heat up your griddle pan on high heat and cook the skewers for about 8 minutes, turning occasionally until golden and cooked through.
  4. 4. Meanwhile, heat up a small pan to cook the pita breads. Brush them with olive oil and season with salt, pepper and oregano. Pita breads need 1-2 minutes each side.

5. Enjoy your souvlaki with a good old retsina!