Why rosemary sprigs will be your go-to grilling accessory.

April 16, 2016

Easy to assemble and quick to cook—kebabs are excellent for outdoor entertaining. This grilling season, give your kebabs even more flavor by skipping the typical wooden or metal skewers and replacing them with sturdy rosemary sprigs, which impart a fantastic herbal essence. From juicy chicken skewers to simple salmon-and-tomato kebabs, here are five go-to recipes.

1. Baja-Style Rosemary Chicken Skewers

Chicken thighs are perfect for the grill because they stay nice and moist. Skewering them with rosemary gives them a lovely herbal flavor.

2. Rosemary-Skewered Shrimp

These simple skewers are lovely because of their distinct rosemary flavor, which completely infuses the charred shrimp and sweet red peppers.

3. Salmon and Cherry Tomato Skewers with Rosemary Vinaigrette

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Rosemary sprig skewers amplify the flavors in the vinaigrette.

4. Swordfish Spiedini

"The rosemary sticks infuse the fish with such as nice flavor," says Everyday Italian chef Giada De Laurentiis, who grills juicy chunks of swordfish with slices of pancetta or bacon.

5. Honey-Thyme Chicken-and-Apricot Kebabs

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These kebabs are ultra-fragrant thanks to the rosemary skewers and delicious honey-thyme glaze.