Shawarma spice blend is an amazing blend of warm, Middle Eastern spices that is very versatile and a great spice mix to add to your kitchen repertoire.
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Let’s talk about this shawarma spice recipe. It’s warm, it’s flavorful, it’s not too spicy and it’s authentically Lebanese. Shawarma is a traditional Middle Eastern street food that is super delish! Usually chicken, beef or lamb is covered in a shawarma marinade and then grilled on a turning spit, the meat is shaved off thinly and is served over in fresh pita bread and yummy toppings.
IMO, shawarma spices should be in every pantry, if only just to try something new or different every once in a while. And certainly, this shawarma spice blend is not only limited to meat! I will give some further guidance on how to use shawarma mix down towards the bottom of the article.
In the meantime, do you want to know more about Lebanese food? Check out this article > A guide to Lebanese Food
And if you are wanting to skip straight to making chicken shawarma check out the recipe below…
Spices for shawarma spice blend
If you are planning on making shawarma mix, make sure to have all of the following spices on hand:
- Lebanese Seven Spice, aka Baharat seasoning. (can be substituted with cinnamon, black pepper, cardamom, and cloves)
- ground cumin
- ground cinnamon
- coriander powder
- cayenned pepper powder
- garlic powder
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How to make authentic homemade shawarma seasoning
In a medium size mixing bowl, combine all of the dry spices and mix until well blended. EASY PEASY!!!
One thing that I really LOVE about making my own spice mixes and blends, is that I can control the outcome. If I want it more spicy, all I need to do is add some more cayenne pepper powder, or vice versa if you don’t care for the kick.
This recipe is so easy also, and it will last you a long time!! Forget buying the expensive blend at the store, just make your own and pull it out whenever you feel like having something Middle Eastern.
Another one of my favorite spice blends to make at home is this taco seasoning from Allrecipes.com. It’s so tasty.
How to store shawarma mix
After the shawarma spices are mixed, carefully transfer it into a mason jar or airtight container. Store at room temperature for up to 6 months.
How to use shawarma spice blend
If you are using this shawarma spice mix recipe for marinating meat, use about 1 tablespoon per pound of meat. Mix about 3 tablespoons of the shawarma seasoning with 1/3 cup of yogurt and the juice of one lemon. This makes for the most amazing authentic shawarma marinade!!!
Don’t forget to serve shawarma with this amazing shawarma sauce<<<
Need some other ideas for using shawarma mix? shawarma spice blend can be used in the following ways…
- to season crunchy roasted chickpeas
- for roasted spiced potatoes
- roasted veggies
- as a dry rub for seasoning meat
- as a marinade
Check out these other popular recipes by A Pinch Of Adventure
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- Cast Iron Skillet Peach Cobbler
- Lebanese Pita Bread
- Lebanese Stuffed Bell Peppers
- Fattoush Salad
- Spicy Lebanese Potatoes
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Shawarma Spice Blend
- ¼ cup garlic powder
- 2 tbsp Lebanese 7 spice aka Baharat seasoning
- 2 tbsp turmeric
- 2 tbsp cumin powder
- 2 tbsp paprika
- 2 tbsp coriander powder
- 1 tbsp cinnamon
- 1 ½ teas cayenne pepper powder
- 3 tbsp salt
- In a medium size mixing bowl, whisk all of the spices together.
- Store in a mason jar or airtight container for up to 6 months
- Use about 1 Tablespoon of the shawarma mix per 1 pound of meat, or make it into a marinade (see post above)