Real Simple Recipes Cooking Tips & Techniques Food Preparation How to Make Kebabs Checklist How to Make Kebabs Checklist Stick to these five easy skewering tips and your next cookout will be a breeze. Advertisement Save FB Tweet ellipsis More Pinterest Mail Email iphone Send Text Message Print Image zoom Steam the potatoes until tender before threading onto the skewers to ensure they’ll be ready to eat when the fish is cooked through.Get the recipe. Danny Kim Checklist Trim vegetables, fish, tofu, and meat to similar sizes before threading onto the skewer to ensure even cooking. Use a screwing motion to twist the skewer through tougher vegetables, like broccoli and fennel. Thread uneven shapes or slippery items, like shrimp and scallops, onto two parallel skewers for easier flipping. Leave a small amount of space between items on the skewer so that the heat can circulate evenly—with one exception. (See next tip.) Arrange citrus fruits on the skewer so that one of the cut sides (not the rind) touches the meat, fish, or vegetables. Instant marination.