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Dill Pickle Beef Skewers

Strips of tender, sweet pickle marinated beef paired with the crunchy of a dill pickle. These Dill Pickle Beef Skewers are a delicious and easy party appetizer. Or serve them on game night as a easy to eat snack.

Strips of tender, sweet pickle marinated beef paired with the crunchy of a dill pickle. These Dill Pickle Beef Skewers are a delicious and easy party appetizer. Or serve them on game night as a easy to eat snack.

Dill pickle and beef on a cocktail stick on a metal tray. Yellow napkin in the background.

The key to this simple appetizer idea is the pickle juice! It is the perfect marinade for the beef.

It tenderises the beef, adds sweetness and a hint of salt.

And I love the fact that it is something that you would usually throw away.

Plus look how beautiful the steak looks even before it has been cooked!

flatiron steak marinating in pickle juice. Overhead view of a metal tray with lots of dill pickle beef skewers on it.

What cut of beef to use for beef skewers?

These Dill Pickle Beef Skewers are designed to be eaten in one bite, so the beef used needs to be tender.

I have found the best cuts to use are:

  • flatiron steak
  • skirt steak
  • hanger steak
  • flank steak
  • beef fillet (if you are feeling super flush)

After the marinade in the pickle juice, a good season and then a brief sear in a super hot pan, make sure you slice the meat thinly across the grain, you will be rewarded with tender bites perfect for these Dill Pickle Beef Skewers.

Dill pickle beef skewer being dipped into a small pot of sweet mustard.

Enjoy x


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Strips of tender, sweet pickle marinated beef paired with the crunchy of a dill pickle. These Dill Pickle Beef Skewers are a delicious and easy party appetizer. Or serve them on game night as a easy to eat snack.
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Dill Pickle Beef Skewers

Strips of tender, sweet pickle marinated beef paired with the crunchy of a dill pickle. These Dill Pickle Beef Skewers are a delicious and easy party appetizer. Or serve them on game night as a easy to eat snack.
Course Appetizer
Cuisine Modern Australian
Keyword canapes, Entertaining, hors d'oeuvres, party food
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Marinade time 3 hours
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 48
Calories 19 kcal
Author Claire | Sprinkles and Sprouts

Ingredients

You can change the measurement from US to metric at the bottom of this list

  • 10 oz flatiron steak (see notes)
  • 1 cup pickle juice
  • 1 small red onion
  • Black pepper
  • 1 tbsp oil
  • Salt
  • 24 mini dill pickles
  • Fresh dill
  • Sweet mustard (to serve)

Instructions

  1. Give the steak a few good whacks with a smooth meat mallet (or a heavy rolling pin)
  2. Pour the pickle juice into a shallow small tupperware.
  3. Peel and thinly slice the red onion and add it to the pickle juice.
  4. Season the juice with a little black pepper and then add your steak.
  5. Seal the tupperware and marinade for 3-5 hours.
  6. Place a heavy based fry pan over a medium high heat and let it get hot.
  7. Remove the steak from the marinade and pat dry.
  8. Rub the steak wth the oil and then season lightly with salt.
  9. Season lightly with salt.
  10. Flash fry the steak for 2 minutes on each side and then set aside to rest under a tent of foil.
  11. Cut your mini pickles in half.
  12. Thinly slice your beef across the grain and then cut each slice in half.
  13. Skewer a small piece of beef and half a dill pickle onto a cocktail stick or small skewer.
  14. Refrigerate until needed.
  15. Serve with a pot of sweet mustard and a garnish of fresh dill.

Recipe Notes

For really tender beef skewers make sure you use the right steak:

  • flatiron steak
  • skirt steak
  • hanger steak
  • flank steak
  • beef fillet
Nutrition Facts
Dill Pickle Beef Skewers
Amount Per Serving
Calories 19
% Daily Value*
Cholesterol 3mg 1%
Sodium 362mg 15%
Potassium 51mg 1%
Total Carbohydrates 1g 0%
Protein 1g 2%
Vitamin A 1.2%
Vitamin C 0.5%
Calcium 1.5%
Iron 1.5%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

close up on a single skewer, showing the tender dill pickle beef cut across the grain

Dill Pickle Beef Skewers Anecdote
(aka my recipe ramble for those who love the waffle)

 

I think pickles divide people ( a bit like marmite) you either love them or hate them. Do you know anyone who is just ambivalent to them??

I am a BIG pickle lover!!! A chunk of cheese, a wedge of bread and plenty of pickles….that is the lunch that dreams are made of!

I was always a pickle fan, but when I was pregnant my pickle love went up a notch! With Mr 10 I craved pickles from the very beginning, then at 13 weeks I stopped being able to eat anything! I really was quite ill. I was signed off work and spent a few months doing very little (except waddling to the toilet to bring up my lunch!)

At 33 weeks I started being able to eat, I was still very ill, but it was no longer linked to my eating! Pickles were a big part of every meal!

Then with Mr 7, I didn’t lose my appetite but I think I ate a jar of pickles every single day!!! I always had a jar of pickles on my desk and I would take a jar and a fork to staff meetings!

So I am very excited to bring you this appetizer. It is a favorite of mine and one I wasn’t sure anyone else would enjoy. But having had 4 different people have asked me for the recipe, so I felt it was time to share my pickle passion with the world.


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    • Sam
    • April 28, 2018
    Reply

    Wow! This simple recipe is mouthwatering! I’d like to serve this at a party I have coming up but my friends are quite picky and prefer their meat well done, do you think that will be okay with this recipe? Thanks for sharing!

    1. Reply

      Hi Sam,

      I have never tried it with well done beef, but as long as you use a very tender cut it should work, it might have a bit more bite to it so cut the beef very thinly and ensure you cut across the gain 😀

      I would avoid hanger/skirt steak and go for a more tender steak like a porterhouse, tenderloin or maybe New York strip steak.
      Hope that helps 😀

  1. Reply

    I love the simplicity of these skewers. The flavours are delicious!

    1. Reply

      Thank you Sasha, so happy you enjoyed them 😀

    • Liz
    • April 22, 2018
    Reply

    Super simple and perfect party food!! A delicious combo for sure! Hope to see you in May in Utah 🙂

    1. Reply

      Thank you Liz:D

      I cannot wait for the conference. I am so excited to meet everyone there.
      I actually leave Australia on Sunday as I am spending 10 days before the conference on a bit of a US food tour 😀

    • Jenn
    • April 22, 2018
    Reply

    An easy yet impressive appetizer for sure! Love the flavors here!

    1. Reply

      Thank you! They are some of my favorite flavors 😀
      LOVE dill pickle!

  2. Reply

    This is the best thing ever. I love this idea so much! I absolutely can’t wait to make these!

    1. Reply

      Awww thank you Danielle.
      They are one of my favourite appetizer bites.
      Hope you love them too 😀

    • Sues
    • April 18, 2018
    Reply

    This is such a cool idea! I LOVE pickles and pickle juice, too, and am excited for a way to incorporate more of it into my life 🙂

    1. Reply

      Pickles are just the best!!!!
      So happy you like these 😀 😀

    • Alyssa
    • April 18, 2018
    Reply

    Looooove pickle juice as a marinade!! Makes (such) a delicious difference. 🙂

    1. Reply

      It is just the best isn’t it!

    • Kate
    • April 18, 2018
    Reply

    Lovely photographs! My mouth is literally watering at all of the umami flavors you have going on here!

    1. Reply

      Thank you Kate, they really are soooo good 😀

    • April
    • April 17, 2018
    Reply

    Oh my gosh, this is absolutely BRILLIANT!! I can see myself making and eating these at least once a week, lol. Yum!!

    1. Reply

      I am so happy you like them…for a long time I thought perhaps these were just an appetizer I would enjoy!

    • April A
    • April 17, 2018
    Reply

    I think this is a genius combination and I loved that you used the pickle juice as a marinade!

    1. Reply

      Thank you April 😀

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