|Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)|
|Amount per serving|
|% Daily Value*|
|Total Fat 59g||75%|
|Saturated Fat 15g||76%|
|Total Carbohydrate 58g||21%|
|Dietary Fiber 11g||38%|
|*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.|
What Is Shawarma?
Shawarma is thinly sliced cuts of meat, like chicken, beef, goat, lamb, and sometimes turkey rolled into a large piece of flatbread or pita that has been steamed or heated. Inside the pita, foods like hummus, tahini, pickles, vegetables, and even french fries are added. Think of shawarma as a taco or burrito Middle Eastern style.
How Is Shawarma Made?
Raw meat is placed on large, rotating cones. As it rotates, the meat is cooked by a heat source that is located behind the actual cone. The meat slowly falls off or is thinly sliced by a chef with a large knife. It can take several hours to fully cook.
Watch Now: Make Your Own Beef Shawarma
- 2 pounds beef (prime rib is best)
- For the Marinade:
- 1 cup yogurt (plain)
- 1/4 cup vinegar
- 2 cloves garlic (crushed)
- 1 teaspoon pepper
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 2 cardamom pods
- 1 teaspoon allspice
- 2 tablespoons lemon juice (from 1 lemon)
- For the Sauce:
- 1 cup tahini
- 1/4 cup lemon juice
- 2 tablespoons yogurt
- 2 cloves garlic (crushed)
- For the Filling:
- 1 onion (thinly sliced)
- 1 to 2 tomatoes (thinly sliced)
- 1 cucumber (thinly sliced)
- 1/2 teaspoon sumac
- 1/2 cup parsley (finely chopped)
- Optional: pickle slices
- 8 loaves pita bread (or 4 large), for serving
Note: While there are multiple steps to this recipe, this Beef Shawarma is broken down into workable categories to help you better plan for preparation.
Make the Marinade and the Beef
Gather the ingredients.
Combine all ingredients—yogurt, vinegar, garlic, pepper, salt, cardamom pods, allspice, and lemon juice. If it seems a little dry, add a little olive oil (a tablespoon at a time).
Add the beef, cover, and refrigerate at least 8 hours, preferably overnight.
In a stockpot or large saucepan, cook beef over medium heat for 45 minutes or until done. Be sure not to overcook. If beef becomes a little dry, add a few tablespoons of water throughout the cooking duration.
While beef is cooking, prepare the sauce.
Make the Sauce
Gather the ingredients for the sauce.
Combine sauce ingredients—tahini, lemon juice, yogurt, and garlic—and mix well. Here is an excellent tahini recipe, if you do not have some handy. Set aside.
Make the Filling
Gather the filling ingredients.
In a large bowl, take the onions, tomatoes, cucumbers and sprinkle with sumac.
Add other filling ingredients—parsley and pickle slices, if using, and combine well.
Assemble the Shawarma
When the beef is done, you can shred it, slice it, or leave it in large pieces. As long as it is thinly cut, there is not much difference. We prefer to cut ours into wide strips.
To assemble, place enough beef on a pita to cover 1/4 of the loaf.
Add veggies and pour sauce.
Roll like a soft taco or burrito, and you have shawarma.