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Grilled Pork Kabobs with Peanut-Sesame Marinade

Grilled Pork Kabobs with Peanut-Sesame Marinade are a tasty dinner and this interesting marinade can be used for beef, pork, or chicken! 

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Grilled Pork Kabobs with Peanut-Sesame Marinade finished kabobs on plate

A few weeks ago my nephew Jacob and his girlfriend Aubrey came to my house for dinner, and these spicy pork kabobs flavored with red wine vinegar, soy sauce, sesame, garlic, peanut butter, and red pepper flakes were one of the things we cooked. I was intrigued by this marinade when I spotted it in Costco Connection magazine, and the marinade recipe, which can be used on beef, pork, or chicken, was originally from Cooking for Dads.

Using a marinade like this helps keep lean pork moist when you’re grilling it, and everyone agreed that the flavor in these kabobs was fantastic. I increased the amount of peanut butter, and we wanted a bit more spice, so I’m upping the red pepper flakes in the recipe I’m sharing, but you can decide how spicy you’d like it when you make them. And we were enjoying the evening and didn’t get the best photos of the finished kabobs, but don’t let that top you from trying this tasty way to cook pork on the grill!

Grilled Pork Kabobs with Peanut-Sesame Marinade process shots collage

How to Make Grilled Pork Kabobs with Peanut-Sesame Marinade:

(Scroll down for complete recipe with nutritional information.)

  1. Mix together red wine vinegar, soy sauce, vegetable oil, sesame oil, lime juice, and peanut butter and whisk until peanut butter is mixed in. Then add minced garlic and red pepper flakes and whisk again. I did this in the morning so the pork pieces could marinate most of the day.
  2. Cut 4-5 thick pork chops into strips about 1 inch by 2 inches, trimming all the visible fat. (I used almost 1 1/2 lbs. pork loin chops.)
  3. Put pork cubes and marinade into a plastic Ziploc bag or plastic bowl with a snap-on lid, and let it marinate in the refrigerator for 6-8 hours, turning a few times if you’re home.
  4. When it’s time to cook, thread the meat pieces on to kabobs. I love these double skewers (affiliate link) which keep the meat from sliding around, but if you only have single skewers, it helps to fold the pieces of meat over before you skewer them, then press them together so they’re tight on the skewers.
  5. Let meat come to room temperature before you put them on the grill.
  6. Oil the grill and preheat to medium high heat, then cook kabobs about 15-20 minutes, turning several times so you can get some grill marks on each side. Kabobs are done when they’re firm, but not hard, to the touch, or when meat temperature reaches 160F/70C.
  7. Serve hot!

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Grilled Pork Kabobs with Peanut-Sesame Marinade finished kabobs on plate

Grilled Pork Kabobs with Peanut-Sesame Marinade

Yield Makes 4 kabobs
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Additional Time 8 hours
Total Time 8 hours 30 minutes

Grilled Pork Kabobs with Peanut-Sesame Marinade are a tasty dinner that’s cooked on the grill!



  • 1 1/2 lb. thick pork loin chops, fat trimmed and cut into pieces about 1 inch by 2 inches

Marinade Ingredients:

  • 1/4 cup red wine vinegar
  • 2 T soy sauce
  • 2 T peanut oil (see notes)
  • 2 tsp. sesame oil
  • 1 T lime juice
  • 2 T smooth peanut butter (see notes)
  • 2 tsp. finely minced garlic
  • 1/2 tsp. red pepper flakes (use more or less to taste)


  1. Trim visible fat from pork chops and cut into cubes at least 1 inch square.
  2. Combine red wine vinegar, soy sauce, vegetable oil, sesame oil, lime juice, and peanut butter, then whisk until peanut butter is mixed into the other liquids. (This will take a little stirring to get it smooth.) When the mixture is well-combined, whisk in the finely minced garlic and red pepper flakes.
  3. Put pork cubes into Ziploc bag or plastic container with a snap-on lid, then pour in marinade.
  4. Let the pork strips marinate 6-8 hours in the refrigerator, turning it a few times if you’re home.
  5. When you’re ready to cook, remove the pork strips from the refrigerator and drain the marinade. (I used a colander placed in the sink to drain the pork pieces.)
  6. Thread kabobs onto skewers, folding each piece over so they won’t spin when they’re cooking.
  7. Let the pork pieces come to room temperature while you oil the grill with olive oil or non-stick grilling spray and preheat grill to medium-high. (You can only hold your hand there 2-3 seconds at that heat.)
  8. Grill kabobs, turning several times with tongs so you get nice grill marks on each side.
  9. Kabobs are done when the pork feels firm, but not hard to the touch or when meat reaches a temperature of 160F/70C on an Instant Read Meat Thermometer (affiliate link).
  10. We cooked our kabobs about 15 minutes, but actual cooking time will depend on the temperature of your grill and temperature of the meat when it’s put on the grill.
  11. Serve hot.


You can use vegetable oil if you don't have Peanut Oil (affiliate link). I would use Adams 100% Natural Peanut Butter (affiliate link) but use any peanut butter without added sugar.

Recipe adapted from Cooking for Dads. This marinade recipe can be used on beef, pork, or chicken.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 493Total Fat: 32gSaturated Fat: 8gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 19gCholesterol: 143mgSodium: 573mgCarbohydrates: 3gFiber: 1gSugar: 1gProtein: 46g

Nutrition information is automatically calculated by the Recipe Plug-In I am using. I am not a nutritionist and cannot guarantee 100% accuracy, since many variables affect those calculations.

If you make this recipe I'd love to hear how it turns out. Leave a star rating or share on social media with the hashtag #KALYNSKITCHEN, thanks!

Low-Carb Diet / Low-Glycemic Diet / South Beach Diet Suggestions:
Grilled Pork Kabobs with Peanut-Sesame Marinade is a great dish for low-carb diet plans, and for any phase of the original South Beach Diet. Be sure to use natural peanut butter without added sugar.

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    31 Comments on “Grilled Pork Kabobs with Peanut-Sesame Marinade”

  1. Hi- I'm new to Kalyn's Kitchen. My husband and I are back on SB Phase One for a tune-up after five years or so. We got slack about our eating habits…

    I found your site on Sunday, and made the pork kabobs tonight. Delish! Our 12-yr-old daughter enjoyed them too.

    We found ourselves wishing that they held more of the marinade. I'm wondering if you could take some of the marinade that drains off, boil it up for 5 minutes for safety and then have a dipping sauce? I may give that a try next time.

    Too bad I didn't see today's cucumber and avocodo salad in time to go with tonight's dinner! Thanks for a great collection of recipes- I am off to find tomorrow night's dinner…

  2. Mm! YUM! This sounds so great, a must try!~


  3. CJ, thanks. I always wonder just what the recipe title should be! I try to make it so people can imagine what the dish tastes like.

    Kendra, fun! Hope you like it.

    Kate, no need for a rut with South Beach, there are so many good foods that are SB friendly. Good luck!

  4. Kalyn, I just stumbled upon your blog and I love it! Thank you, thank you for sharing these delightful recipes. I am just starting out on my SBD journey and I love to cook. Your blog has alleviated one of my biggest fears–getting into a rut!

  5. Sounds deeeee-licious! Matt and I are going to try this tonight!

  6. Just reading the title of the recipe made me exclaim, "Oh yum!"

    I am definitely trying this recipe this week.

  7. Yes, I see that some of you recognized those Costco pork chops! They're great for this type of recipe. I'm glad people are liking the sound of this.

    I do think this would taste great on chicken, and I think almond butter would be good in the marinade too.

    Sarah, there are some posts about diet tips linked on the right sidebar under South Beach Stuff. Good luck.

  8. Hello, I just started my first day of Phase one and could not have planned out the week of meals without this blog. I think everything looks great and I really appreciate the time and photos on here. Wish me luck and any tips are welcome. I had the egg muffins for breakfast and they were a success, white chili and green salad for lunch. I know the two weeks will be tough for me but this will help out tremendously.

  9. These look great Kalyn, I'm bookmarking to try later!

  10. I just got some pork chops that would be perfect for this recipe! I used part and stuck the other ones in the freezer. I think they are coming back out to thaw, because I can't wait to try this recipe, Kalyn. 🙂


  11. This takes chicken satay up a few notches! I love the peanut butter marinade.

  12. Hello Kalyn!!

    I so love your tasty & well flavoured marinade!!

    Yummmmmm,…!!! Tasty food!

  13. This looks FABULOUS! And I love the double pronged skewers. I used to sell those at my kitchen store…

  14. Costco really does come in handy. I always find the best meat there.

  15. looks great!

  16. Wow- Looks like a fab way to liven up pork. I'm thinking this could be good or you could make variations which work wonderfully on hot summer days! lush.

  17. I am going to make this. I use a very similar peanut butter marinade on boneless chicken thighs, and it's always a hit. I don't think I would have considered pork- thanks! Looks fabulous.


  18. I'm going to try this today, with almond butter, as I have no sugar-free peanut butter on hand.

  19. I'm not a pork eater, but I think this marinade would be delicious on chicken kabobs, too. I'm definitely going to give that a try.

  20. Now this is a great way to liven up pork chops. We really enjoy peanut butter-based sauces, so I'm looking forward to trying this.