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Vietnamese Pork and Lemongrass Skewers

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Pork and lemongrass skewers just like those you find in Vietnam!

You’ll find pork and lemongrass skewers at street stalls all over Vietnam but I got to make them for myself on Cat Ba island.

My wife and I ordered some and I asked if I could help cook them. As we were the only guests at the island hotel, the chef was happy to let me cook. Here is the recipe for these popular skewers just like we had that day.

Vietnamese pork and lemongrass skewers

Give this easy recipe a try. You’ll be glad you did!

That’s not all!

This pork and lemongrass skewer recipe comes with a delicious and spicy dipping sauce. Nuoc cham is delicious and the perfect dipping sauce for these skewers. 

It’s so easy to make and goes well with so many Vietnamese dishes. 

How to cook…

Although I cooked these pork and lemongrass skewers on my barbecue, you could also cook them in a pan.

You won’t get that amazing smoke infused meat but they will still be amazing.

Special ingredient…

One of the ingredients that you are very unlikely to find at the supermarket is Vietnamese caramel. I have an easy recipe for it but haven’t posted it yet.

Try substituting maple syrup which works perfectly. I will link to my caramel recipe here when finished.

Step by step photos…

Ingredients for pork and lemongrass skewers

Get your ingredients together before starting for and even easier cooking experience.

Forming pork and lemongrass skewers

Mix the meat ingredients with your hands and then form into sausage shapes on the lemongrass skewers.

Frying pork and lemongrass skewers

Just fry them up or place them on the grill for about 8 minutes, turning regularly for an even cook.

If you like this recipe, you might like to try some of these Vietnamese favourites too!

Shaking Beef
Vietnamese Rotisserie Chicken
Vietnamese Tofu with Pork Stuffing
Beef Congee
Vietnamese Grilled Scallops
Cha Ca – Fried fish with Dill
Bo Kho – Spicy beef soup
Vietnamese Chicken Wings
Bun Cha – Grilled Pork Patties in Sauce
Chicken Pho
Beef Pho
Duck Pho
Pork on Lemongrass Skewers
Ban Xeo – Crispy Vietnamese Pancakes

Yield: 4

Vietnamese Pork and Lemongrass Skewers

pork and lemongrass skewers
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes


  • 500g pork mince
  • 1 tablespoon fish sauce
  • 1 tsp oyster sauce
  • 1 tablespoon maple syrup or Vietnamese caramel
  • 4 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 2 shallots, minced
  • 2 lemongrass stalks, peeled white parts only, minced
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 2 tablespoon fish sauce
  • 2 tablespoon sugar
  • 2 tablespoon water
  • the juice of 1 lime
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced garlic
  • 2 red bird’s eye chillies, minced
  • 1 tbsp rapeseed (canola) oil
  • 6 lemongrass stalks, the woody ends are perfect for this


  1. Place all of the pork mince in a mixing bowl and add the remaining ingredients up to and including the salt and pepper. Set aside to marinate while you prepare the dipping sauce or overnight.
  2. Whisk all the sauce ingredients together and set aside.
  3. When ready to cook, divide the pork into six equal sized balls. Take one of the pork balls and form it into a sausage shape around one of the lemongrass stalks. Squeeze it tightly so that it stays on. Repeat with the remain pork and lemongrass.
  4. Now heat a frying pan over medium high heat and add the oil. Carefully add the pork skewers and fry, turning regularly for about 10 minutes or until cooked through and nicely browned on all sides.
  5. Serve immediately with the dipping sauce and perhaps some leafy salad greens.

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