Pyrotechnics from the Kitchen – Flaming Kebabs

Flaming Kebabs for Festive Fetes

From: Episode 206 – Tiki Brini

I don’t know why, but I felt like I had to set something on fire today. To that end I thought I’d share a fun little tip with you. Flaming kebabs are a great way to get a party started. The drama of flaming food may be all flash and no substance, but you can get your nutrients elsewhere. We did this on the Tiki Brini episode of my show for the Style network. Summer entertaining is almost here, and Tiki themed parties are still popular, so why not get into the spirit with flaming fruit? This method will work for flaming fruit (or meat and vegetable, for that matter) kebabs or for flaming garnishes for drinks.ingredients


  • Skewers that have been soaking in water for a while
  • Fruit of various kinds (I’m using pineapple and strawberries)
  • Soft bread cubes
  • Lemon extract

lemon extract

Lemon extract has a very high alcohol content, so it burns beautifully.

stack your kebabs with fruit and the lemon-extract-soaked bread cubes

Soak your bread cubes in the extract and stack them with the fruit on the water soaked skewers.

flaming kebabs

Light the cubes and serve right away. Flaming kebabs are¬†guaranteed to wow your guests with your panache, if not your culinary skills. Plan on serving some other more substantial dishes – you could consider the other dishes we made on the Tiki-Brini episode of my show – Hibachi Kebabs and Brini’s Brown Sugar Bursting Bananas. The cubes will burn for a little while, but should be extinguished before you try to eat the fruit. The flames will singe the fruit a little, but it’s still tasty! I can hear the pahu drums now…

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