Prepare your own homemade Greek Street food with this Greek pork Souvlaki skewers with pita bread recipe in no time and in the comfort of your own home.
What is in this Greek pork Souvlaki skewers recipe with pita bread recipe?
Good quality pork with a little bit of fat is required for pork souvlaki. The most commonly used cut of meat istenderloin followed by pork neck. These cuts of meat can withstand great temperatures and won’t dry out.
Pork Souvlaki skewers marinade
The marinade ingredients for this pork skewers recipe is very simple and comprises of only a few pantry essentials. These are olive oil, preferably extra virgin olive oil, salt, ground black pepper, ground red pepper and coriander. You can include other herbs such as oregano and garlic cloves, though I trust and like simple flavours.
Three to four pita breads are enough for this pork Souvlaki recipe.
How to make this homemade Greek pork Souvlaki skewers with pita bread recipe
Marinate the pork meat
Before you start lighting up the outdoor grill (barbeque) start by preparing the pork meat. Wash the meat under running water and slice into even cubes of 1-2 inches. Evenly sliced meat will cook at the same time thus avoiding any uncooked meat horrors!
Once you have diced the meat, place it in a mixing bowl and season it with salt, coriander, black and red pepper. Finally drizzle the meat with olive oil. Rub the seasoning and the olive into the meat.Cover the mixing bowl with plastic wrap and refrigerate for approximately 30 minutes. By the time you have managed to light the barbecue the meat will be tender and ready for cooking.
Thread pork meat cubes
Thread the pork meat into wooden skewers. Should you fancy any vegetables in your souvlaki you can add slices of red onion and/or bell peppers.
Place the souvlaki skewers on the barbecue and cook on all sides for approximately 8 minutes.
Prepare the pita bread
Whilst the souvlaki is cooking you can prepare the pita breads. Drizzle or brush with olive oil on both sides of the pita bread. Should you fancy seasoning the pita breads too, I’d recommend oregano.
Cook the pita bread
Place the oiled pita breads in the barbecue and cook on both sides until golden brown.
Assembling the pork souvlaki platter
By the time the pita breads cook the souvlaki would be less piping hot and you can assemble the souvlaki platter.
On a platter, place pork souvlaki skewers along with chips, tirokafteri, pita bread triangles and lemon wedges.
Additions to Greek ports Souvlaki skewers
To make your pork souvlaki skewers more flavoursome you can add slices of red onion, red or green bell peppers.
Tips for the perfect pork Souvlaki skewers
First and foremost, make sure you dice the pork meat into even cubes so that the meat is cooked evenly.
Thirdly, prepare the pita breads while the Souvlaki is cooking.
Serving suggestions for this Greek pork souvlaki skewers with pita bread recipe
This Greek street food, Souvlaki, is versatile and can be served with almost anything, though most traditionally it is served with pita bread (as per the recipe), chips, dips such as tzatziki, tirokafteri, htipiti, you name it, lemon rice and salads such as Horiatiki salad.
Pork Souvlaki skewers versus Pork Gyro
You will find many recipes calling souvlaki skewers wrapped in pita called Gyros. Gyros in Greek means a ‘circle’ and refers to the way the a sandwich is wrapped.
Whilst no-one knows what is correct term, Souvlaki Gyros, Souvlaki wrap or Gyros, and this a point of many unnecessary heated discussions, Southern Greeks tend to call a souvlaki wrap a ‘Gyros‘, whereas Northern Greeks reserve the term Gyros only to grilled strips of meat wrapped in pita bread and thus call souvlaki wrap as ‘Souvlaki wrap’. Souvlaki wrapped in pita bread are called souvlaki wraps. In these souvlaki wraps, souvlaki skewers can be wrapped in pita bread or in a hot dog bun.
To further complicate issues, Southern Greeks refer to souvlaki skewers as ‘Kalamaki‘ ie a drinking straw. Southern Greeks simply refer it as Souvlaki. should you find yourself in Northern Greece and order a ‘kalamaki’ you will probably get a puzzled look or a drinking straw indeed.
Store pork souvlaki skewers in airtight containers in the fridge for up to 2-3 days.
Other Souvlaki recipes you will love:
Other Taverna recipes you will love:
- Easy Greek meatballs (Keftedes)
- Greek Gemista (Yemista) with rice and mince meat
- Spinach Leek and Feta pie
- Greek Feta cheese pie (Tiropita) with phyllo
- Mini Tiropitakia (Greek baked Feta cheese triangles)
- Greek Pastitsio recipe (Greek baked pasts with béchamel sauce)
- Traditional Greek Feta (Horiatiki)
- Greek Feta wrapped in phyllo
Greek pork souvlaki skewers with pita bread recipe
- 700gr pork tenderloin
- 3-4 pita breads
- 2-3 tablespoons olive oil (extra virgin olive oil)
- 1 teaspoon kosher salt
- 1 heaved teaspoon ground red pepper (paprika)
- 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
- 1/2 teaspoon coriander
- oregano (optional)
- To prepare this Greek pork Souvlaki with pita bread recipe start by washing the meat. Continue by dicing the into even cubes of 1-2 inches. Remember, evenly sliced meat will cook at the same time thus avoiding any uncooked meat horrors!
- Once you have diced the meat, place it in a mixing bowl and season it with salt, coriander, ground black and red pepper. Finally drizzle the meat with olive oil.
- Rub the seasoning and the olive into the meat.Cover the mixing bowl with plastic wrap and refrigerate for approximately 30 minutes.
- Thread the pork meat cubes into wooden or metal skewers. Should you fancy any vegetables in your souvlaki you can add slices of red onion and/or bell peppers.
- Place the Souvlaki skewers on the barbecue and cook on all sides.
- Whilst the Souvlaki is cooking you can prepare the pita breads. Drizzle or brush with olive oil on both sides of the pita bread.
- Place the oiled pita breads in the barbecue and cook on both sides until golden brown.
- By the time the pita breads have cooked, the Souvlaki would be less piping hot and you can assemble the souvlaki platter.
- On a platter, place the pork Souvlaki skewers along with chips, tirokafteri, warm pita bread triangles and lemon wedges.
- Should you fancy a Souvlaki wrap, simply spread your favourite dip on the pitta bread, place the souvlaki pieces (out of the skewer), add tomato and red onion slices and wrap.
- Sit back and enjoy a tater of Greece wherever you are!