Balsamic & Fig Beef Kabobs feature beef marinaded in balsamic vinegar, lemon, and rosemary then speared with fresh black figs and sweet onion for a perfect quick meal!

Happy belated 4th of July! I hope you were able to successfully juggle your iced beverage and handful of lit sparklers like a champ. I know I did.

We were lucky enough to spend this year’s 4th with some friends who can watch the neighborhood’s enormous fireworks display from their backyard (the 10th fairway). I nuzzled up on a big grassy knoll with family, sipped on a Modelo Especial, and teared up as I thought about how all over the country, the young and the old can all reflect and find delight in America’s birthday candles. We’re given a colorful glimpse of the beauty, responsibility, and price of freedom.

exploding fireworks in the night sky

If your family is anything like mine, you defer to grilled meat (kabobs, especially) during the summer months. Kabobs are so simple! Chop your favorite meat and veggies into large chunks, spear on a stick, and grill to your liking. It’s an entire meal on a stick. They’re simple, healthy, and great for making in mass quantities.

balsamic fig beef kabobs on a wooden cutting board on top of a burlap tablecloth

Although I am a fan of the classic bell pepper, mushroom, onion, zucchini, and beef/chicken kabob, I’ve decided it’s time to mix things up. For these simple but gourmet paleo balsamic & fig beef kabobs, I marinade beef chunks in a balsamic, lemon, and rosemary mixture then speared with fresh black figs and sweet onion. I sent Austin out into the blazing heat of the day to stand next to a blazing hot grill to make sure they were perfectly cooked on all sides. He’s the best.

Figs have two seasons. They’re in season during the early summer and then again in the late summer lasting until fall. Black figs may be difficult to find right now but if you CAN get your hands on some, you must try this recipe. It’s rustic, delicious, and a refreshing twist on the classic beef kabob.

Find some beautiful steak chunks and set them in a bowl.

silver tongs holding up a piece of raw cubed beef steak

Measure out ½ cup of balsamic vinegar and pour it over the steak chunks.

Squeeze one large lemon (~2 tablespoon juice) into the bowl. Grab 2 healthy sprigs of fresh rosemary. Remove the leaves from the stem by pinching your fingers down the length of the stem against the grain – the leaves will fall right off. Add the leaves to the bowl.

Add ¼ teaspoon kosher salt. Then add about ½ teaspoon cracked black pepper.


Stir it together well.


Let it sit either covered in your fridge for about 2 hours or on your countertop for 15 minutes. I made mine with the quick marinade on the countertop and it still had plenty of flavor.

Find a good lookin’ sweet onion and remove the skin. If you can’t find a sweet onion, yellow will work just fine. Chop into wedges. Then chop those wedges into large chunks.


Using your favorite skewer (I prefer metal b/c they pierce easier), spear a piece of meat, fresh fig, and onion chunk. Repeat until you’ve filled one kabob. I got 4 pieces of meat and three figs on each skewer.


Take the balsamic & fig beef kabobs out to a hot grill and let the heat do its magic. We cooked ours for about 3 minutes on all sides.


After they come off the grill, let them sit for about 5 minutes so the juices will settle. Remove the skewer, plate, and enjoy!


Balsamic & Fig Beef Kabobs

5 from 1 vote
By Cassy
Prep: 5 minutes
Cook: 15 minutes
Total: 20 minutes
Servings: 2 servings
Balsamic & Fig Beef Kabobs feature beef marinaded in balsamic vinegar, lemon, and rosemary then speared with fresh black figs and sweet onion for a perfect quick meal!


  • 1 pound Steak Chunks
  • 1/2 cup Balsamic Vinegar
  • 1 Large Lemon Juiced
  • 2 Sprigs Fresh Rosemary
  • 1/4 teaspoon Kosher Salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon Black Pepper {adjust to taste}
  • 6 Fresh Black Figs
  • 1/2 Large Sweet Onion {cut into chunks}


  • Pour the vinegar, lemon juice, rosemary, salt, and pepper over the steak chunks in a bowl or bag. Let it marinade either covered in the refrigerator for 2 hours or on the countertop for 15 minutes.
  • Using either a metal or wooden skewer, spear the meat, fresh fig, and onion chunks. Repeat this order until the skewer is full.
  • On a hot grill, grill each side for about 3 minutes.
  • Remove from the grill and let rest for 5 minutes so the juices can settle.
  • Remove skewer, plate, and enjoy!


Calories: 502kcal | Carbohydrates: 44g | Protein: 52g | Fat: 12g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 141mg | Sodium: 435mg | Potassium: 1265mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 36g | Vitamin A: 221IU | Vitamin C: 14mg | Calcium: 123mg | Iron: 6mg

Additional Info

Course: Dinner
Cuisine: American
Servings: 2 servings
Calories: 502
Keyword: balsamic beef kabobs, beef kabobs

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Cassy Joy Garcia, NC

Cassy Joy Garcia, a New York Times best-selling author, of Cook Once Dinner Fix, Cook Once Eat All Week, and Fed and Fit as well as the creative force behind the popular food blog Fed & Fit.

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  1. Would this be possible to make in an oven? If so, how would the recipe need to be tweaked? Thanks!

    1. It would definitely work on a grill pan on the stove, Analisa (same method)! The oven would work too, but I’m not sure on exact time and temperature — it would be a super short amount of time, though, since the beef chunks are really small!

  2. This recipe looks delicious AND it fits the paleo autoimmune protocol (a rare thing). So, thank you! I host a weekly Paleo AIP Recipe Roundtable through my blog, and I would love it if you linked up this recipe. I’m trying to expand resources for the AIP community. Here’s the link (you click the blue button at the bottom of the post to add your recipe):

    1. Thanks, Eileen! I think I missed your roundtable, but I do appreciate the invite!

  3. purely and simply inspirational ! Can’t wait to check out out those tasty looking morsels 🙂