Satay or Barbeque? Let’s Make Russian Shashlik

Dishes made from meat do indeed increase our appetite. There are many ways to cook the meat into a delicious dish, be it an appetizer or main course. In fact, even just use a little seasoning, the meat can also taste good.

In all countries in the world have their own ways to cook meat to become a typical dish from that country. In a single country, every city can have its own way of cooking meat. How to cook this meat could be different because of their cultural and religious influences. Including meat-based dishes in Russia.

Russia has a famous meat-based food called Shashlik. Have you ever heard or found out about this food? Maybe there are people who have heard and found out about Shashlik, and some have no idea at all. For that, let’s see about … Satay or barbecue? Let’s Make Russian Shashlik.

Dishes that use basic ingredients of meat are often the top choice as a favorite food for many people. There are many ways to turn meat into appetizers or main course with delicious flavors. How to eat meat also varies.

The way to cook meat is various, including fried, baked, and some even eat meat without processing it. The cooking method is usually influenced by the culture or religion that exists in an area in a particular country. Therefore, dishes with basic ingredients have many types. The unique taste that is made from meat-based dishes will make people eat it remembering the country of origin of the dish.

In Russia, there is one famous meat-based dish. This dish is called Shashlik. But, I think, there are still many people who don’t know or try this Shashlik dish. To add information and answer your curiosity, in this article will discuss about … Satay or barbecue? Let’s Make Russian Shashlik.

  • About Shashlik

Shashlik is a meat dish that is cooked by stabbing and then burned. This dish was popular in most regions of the Russian Empire since the 19th century. Shashlik is also known as Shashlyk. This dish has several other names in other countries outside of Russia.

Shashlik has a meaning that is translated as “skewerable”. This dish was originally made using lamb. Now, shashlik made of various types of meat such as beef, pork, venison or other types of meat according to religious culture and local residents. Shashlik is easier to find in street vendors when compared to restaurants.

Shashlik can be made with only meat which is inserted into a skewer. There are also those who make Shashlik with a mixture of meat, vegetables, fat and others. The size of the meat used to make the Shashlik also varies. There is an area that uses large pieces and there is also an area that uses a small cube piece. For how to cook it also varies. Shashlik can just be roasted straight away with a mixture of a little spice and some require an overnight to marinate the meat before cooking.

  • Difference Between Shashlik and Kebab

Shashlik is a dish that is still in the category of kebab. Many mistakenly think that Shashlik is a kebab itself. The Kebab and Shashlik are different even though both are made from basic ingredients of meat. Especially when compared to Russia kebab.


The difference between Shashlik and kebab can be seen from how to cook it. Shashlik is skewered meat dishes. While kebabs are dishes consisting of slices of meat, fish or vegetables which are then baked. For Russian kebab, it was cooked by frying.

  • The Ingredients Used to Make Shashlik

To be able to make or cook your own Shashlik at home, you can search for Shashlik recipes on the internet. There are lots of different types of recipes to make Shashlik on the internet, both easy and simple Shashlik recipes and complicated Shashlik recipes with lots of ingredients and using sauces. This is one type of Shashlik recipe that is easy and simple.

The ingredients you need to make this Shashlik are:

  1. 2 kg of diced lamb (the type of meat used can adjust to your preferences or needs)
  2. 4 medium sized onions sliced
  3. 4 bay leaves (torn into two)
  4. 2 tsp salt
  5. 2 tablespoons of oil
  6. 2 tsp pepper to taste
  7. 1/2 – 1 glass of water
  8. spicy paprika powder (optional, you can replace it according to your needs)

If you want to add vegetables, you can add vegetables that you like to roast with Shashlik. Adjust the pieces of vegetables that you use as an additional ingredient for Shashlik with a slice of meat.

  • How to Make Shashlik

The steps to cooking Shashlik are:

  1. Mix the meat, sliced onions, bay leaves, salt, oil and water in a large bowl. Mix well using your hands.
  2. After all ingredients have been mixed, put the mixture in the refrigerator for at least 4 hours or a maximum of one night.
  3. Put the meat mixture into a metal skewer. Make about 6 pieces of meat per skewer and position the fat in the outer part of the skewer.
  4. Prepare a grill with charcoal. Burn charcoal for about 30 minutes.
  5. Bake the Shashlik thoroughly. Don’t forget to rotate your Shashlik so it doesn’t burn. For baking time is determined by the heat and charcoal used.
  6. You can enjoy the cooked Shashlik directly or by adding spicy paprika powder or other sauce.

And maybe there are still some of Russian Shashlik that haven’t been listed above. I hope this article can really help you to find out all you need to know about Russian Shashlik. Either Satay or barbecue… Are you interested in trying out the Russian Shashlik?

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