Easy Beef or Lamb Shawarma

Have you ever had the pleasure of eating shawarma? If not, allow me to introduce you to this delicious cousin to the gyros. Shawarma is made with either lamb or chicken that’s been marinated in various spices. The meat is then stacked vertically on a spit, and cooked for many hours. Like gyros, it’s sliced off the spit and served in pita bread.

One of the reasons I love cooking is I get to take simple ingredients and with a little effort and creativity, come up with something delicious to eat. Most nights, I prefer to stay in my pajamas, and cook my own dinner. If I’m craving shawarma, I want to be able to make it myself. But like most folks, I don’t have a spit handy, or hours to cook dinner. As the saying goes, “necessity is the mother of invention.” So after spending some time in the kitchen, I came up with this tasty recipe.

Goes Good With

Hummus



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Easy Beef or Lamb Shawarma
lamb shawarma
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Passive Time 2 hours
Servings
Ingredients
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Passive Time 2 hours
Servings
Ingredients
lamb shawarma
Instructions
  1. Chop meat and add to a glass dish.
    diced beef
  2. Mix the dry ingredients and pour over the meat, mix thoroughly.
    spices
  3. Add vinegar and mix with your hands. Don't be scared, it's fun! Allow to marinate for a minimum of two hours.
    shawarma spices
  4. Heat half the oil in a large skillet, while you strain any liquid out of the meat. Cook half the meat until done to your liking. Repeat with the remaining oil and meat.
    shawarma in a pan
  5. Serve wrapped in flat bread or pita bread. Traditionally shawarma is served with hummus and pickled turnips (you can find recipe links for both in the notes section below.) If you're watching your carbs like I am, you can wrap the meat in a low-carb tortillas instead.
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