Chenjeh kebab in Iran
Fruit skewers with chocolate sauce, in Madrid
Seafood skewers sold in South Korea: mun-kkochi ( octopus skewers), sora-kkochi ( horned turban skewers), jju-kkochi ( webfoot octopus skewers)

Skewer is a term for a thin metal or wood stick used to hold pieces of food together, [1] and also for food items prepared or served on skewers. Skewers are used while grilling or roasting meats and fish, and in other culinary applications.

In English, "brochette" is a borrowing of the French word for skewer. In French-influenced cuisine, en brochette is a term for food prepared or served on skewers, generally grilled. Skewers are often used for kebab dishes originating in Middle East and Muslim cultures.


Metal skewers are typically stainless steel rods with a pointed tip on one end and a grip of some kind on the other end for ease of removing the food. Non-metallic skewers are often made from bamboo; however, any suitable wood may be used. Prior to grilling, wooden skewers must be soaked in water to avoid burning. A related device is the rotisserie or spit, a large rod that rotates meat while it cooks.

Other Languages
العربية: سفود
brezhoneg: Ber
català: Broqueta
čeština: Špíz
Cymraeg: Gwäell
Deutsch: Fleischspieß
Esperanto: Rostostango
فارسی: سیخ
français: Brochette
한국어: 꼬치
hrvatski: Ražanj
Ido: Rostilo
Bahasa Indonesia: Tusuk sate
עברית: שיפוד
lingála: Kamundɛlɛ
Nederlands: Braadspit
português: Espeto
русский: Шампур
српски / srpski: Ражањ за печење
srpskohrvatski / српскохрватски: Ражањ за печење
suomi: Vartaat
svenska: Grillspett
українська: Шампур
粵語: 串燒
中文: 竹籤