Pork Souvlaki recipe is one of my favorite Greek food to make, easy and flavorful. It is pork marinated in lemon and spices, skewered, grilled or cooked in the oven.
My family loves anything grilled, but it is too hot outside so I am cooking in the oven. This simple Mediterranean Pork recipe is bursting in flavor.
Oven or grilled, souvlaki is savory and scrumptious.
We used to live close to Hubs, a popular Greek fast food restaurant in the suburbs of Chicago. Frequented by Greeks and non-Greeks alike. It is an indication their menu is similar to the authentic Greek food. This was one of my go to Greek restaurant when I want something quick and fast.
Chicken and Pork Souvlaki are easy to make and bursting with flavor, great for backyard grilling with family and friends.
Marinate meat at least 1/2 a day but overnight is preferable. Flavor is well infused in meat and much tastier. Lemon and oregano mixture gives this dish its tangy flavor.
Souvlaki meat in the US is much bigger compared to the Greek version. In Greece, meat is thinner and skewer is shorter. When I visited Greece many years ago, we indulged on souvlaki all over Southern Greece while visiting many popular sites.
In Greece, most restaurants and shops closed after lunch. By the time they open again was around 7 pm. That was too late. We were freaking starving all the time, but we learned quickly. After having lunch, we ordered food to take with us.
I remember vividly and we joked about it that we were pigging out. There were a few instances when we ordered 30 skewers of pork souvlaki to take on the road. These orders were for 2 people only. They were tiny pieces of meat but very delicious.
I was always fascinated with Greek cooking, so before leaving Greece I bought “The Best Traditional Recipes of Greek Cooking’. This cook book is packed with appetizing images of food.
I experimented making Pork Souvlaki many times, now I can say that my souvlaki is similar to the authentic Greek souvlaki.
How to Cook Pork Souvlaki Recipe
Here’s a very easy pork souvlaki recipe that will wow your guest this July 4th celebration. Marinate pork a day ahead and it will surely be a crowd pleaser. Enjoy! Happy July 4th to all.
Pork Souvlaki Recipe
- 1 pound pork loin pork shoulder or country ribs, ¾ in x 1 inch
- 1/4 cup lemon juice or 1 lemon
- 1/4 cup olive oil
- 6 garlic cloves minced
- 1 tablespoon dried oregano
- Salt and Pepper to taste
- Cut pork into small cubes (3/4 in x 1 in). Set aside.
- Combine lemon juice, olive oil, garlic, oregano, salt and pepper in a bowl or ziploc bag. Mix well. This is the marinate.
- Add pork to the marinate mix. Set aside for at least ½ a day or overnight in the refrigerator.
- Thread pork on small wooden skewers.
- Bake in oven at 375 degrees for 30 minutes.
- Switch to broil for 5 minutes.
- Serve with tzatziki and pita bread. Enjoy!
- It is best to marinate meat overnight but 1/2 day or 4 hours will do.
- If serving with Tzatziki, this can be prepared one day ahead. Tzatziki taste better the following day.
- Cooking on the grill or oven will render a delicious souvlaki.
- If you like a stronger lemony taste, add 1/2 cup instead 1/4 cup lemon.