Are you ready for a simple and easy way to whip up show-stopping recipes, that is makes your kitchen smell amazing while you’re cooking? Then this fragrant homemade Shawarma Seasoning is for you.

shawarma seasoning spice
Shawarma seasoning spice

WHAT IS SHAWARMA?

Shawarma is a Middle Eastern dish similar to Turkish doner kebab and Greek gyros, where thin slices of meat are stacked on a metal spinning spit/rotisserie in a cone-line shape that slowly turns while it cooks. 

When serving, a knife slices downwards through the various meat slices, shaving down the sides to serve as you wish.

Each version has its set of spices, though, and variations in the way they are served. For example, Shawarma uses a typical Levantine spice blend that can include cinnamon, cardamom, cumin, turmeric, paprika, etc. It is traditionally served as part of a wrap, sandwich, or pita and served with middle-eastern appetizers like hummus and tabbouleh.

SO WHAT INGREDIENTS DO YOU NEED?

There are a few everyday ingredients in this DIY spice blend which include:

  • ground cumin
  • ground coriander
  • smoked paprika 
  • ground ginger 
  • ground allspice
  • ground cinnamon
  • ground cardamom (you can use ground cloves as a substitute)
  • ground nutmeg
  • ground turmeric
  • black pepper
  • Salt

HOW TO MAKE SHAWARMA SEASONING

  1. Measure out all the ingredients into a mixing bowl.
  2. Next, mix with a dry spatula or whisk.
  3. Then transfer the seasoning into an airtight spice jar or a mason jar (if you make a large quantity).

HOW TO USE THIS SEASONING

I use it to flavor almost anything and everything such as:

  • A rub for meats and fish – this works great as a chicken shawarma seasoning rub as well as a rub for lamb and pork.
  • A marinade – mix with olive oil as a marinade.
  • All the veggies. Sprinkle liberally over vegetables for roasting.
  • On the grill – season your chicken, kebabs, and other meats before you grill them

Shawarma Seasoning Spice

Recipe by Lucy ChesnaCourse: Condiments, Seasonings, rubsCuisine: Middle Eastern
Servings

12

servings
Prep time

5

minutes
Total time

5

minutes

Are you ready for a simple and easy way to whip up show-stopping recipes, that is makes your kitchen smell amazing while you’re cooking? Then this fragrant homemade Shawarma Seasoning is for you.

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoon ground cumin

  • 1 teaspoon ground coriander

  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder

  • 1 teaspoon onion powder

  • 1 tablespoon paprika

  • 1 teaspoon ground tumeric

  • 1 teaspoon allspice

  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon

  • 1/4 teaspoon cardamon

  • 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper

  • 1 teaspoon ground black pepper

  • 1 teaspoon salt

Directions

  • Add spices to a mixing bowl and stir to combine.
  • Store in an airtight spice jar for up to 6 months

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