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Turkey Spiedini with Lemon Sauce and Asparagus | Culinary Cool

Turkey Spiedini with Lemon Sauce and Asparagus

Skewers of tender, flavourful turkey served with lemony asparagus is perfect for grilling all spring and well into summer. This crispy spiedini is perfect as an appetizer, with a gorgeous salad, or served as the main course – no matter what, it’s sure to please.
Course Main Course
Cuisine Italian
Keyword Asparagus, Lemon Butter, Turkey
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 12 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 459kcal



  • 1 lb boneless, skinless turkey breast
  • 1/4 cup dry white wine or poultry stock
  • 4 tbsp fresh lemon juice
  • 3 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tbsp Italian seasoning
  • 1 garlic clove, thinly sliced about 1 tbsp full
  • 1 tsp red pepper flakes optional
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 bunch of asparagus* see note
  • 2 tsp olive oil


  • 1 cup panko breadcrumbs
  • 1 tbsp Italian seasoning
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/3 cup grated parmesan cheese

Lemon Butter Sauce

  • 5 tbsp salted butter
  • 1-2 tbsp fresh lemon juice or to taste
  • 1/4 tsp freshly ground black pepper
  • Skewers for grilling


  • If using wooden skewers, soak them for at least 30 minutes prior to grilling.
  • Slice the turkey into thin strips, or chunks, making sure they are of uniform size.
  • In a medium bowl, mix together wine or stock, lemon juice, olive oil, Italian seasoning, garlic slices, red pepper flakes (if using) and salt.
  • Add the turkey to the bowl and toss to coat. Allow the turkey to marinate for at least a half hour, or up to two hours.
  • In a shallow dish, mix together breadcrumbs, Italian seasoning, salt, fresh pepper and grated parmesan.
  • Coat each piece of turkey in the breadcrumb mixture, then thread onto a skewer.
  • To grill, place skewers on a medium-hot grill for about 2-3 minutes per side. You should only need to turn them once. Alternatively, you can bake these in the oven. See tip below.
  • Meanwhile, trim the asparagus and toss lightly in the oil and grill alongside the turkey spiedini until desired doneness. I like my asparagus to still be a little firm.
  • When ready to serve, in a small saucepan, melt butter with the lemon juice and pepper.
  • To serve, drizzle 2-3 tsp of the lemon pepper butter sauce over the turkey and asparagus.


Asparagus – one serving of asparagus is generally considered to be about 3 oz.
Baking the skewers: If you don’t want to grill them, preheat your oven to 375 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment or foil, and then place a metal cooling rack or grate on top of the baking sheet. Lay the turkey spiedini on the grate or cooling rack to bake. This will make sure all sides are crispy. If you bake it directly on the sheet, the bottom will not get crispy. Bake for 10-15 mins (depending on the size you cut the turkey) or until internal temperature is 165 degreed F.


Calories: 459kcal