This seasoning costs a fraction of the shawarma seasoning you buy in the store. Want to learn how you can make shawarma seasoning? Let’s get started!
Shawarma Spice Mix Recipe
After all the Mexican seasoning it is now time to share a new seasoning favorite and that is shawarma seasoning or shoarma as we call it here in the Netherlands.
Just like with all of the seasoning mixes I make this one is also tailored into a spice mix that you love. Not too salty, not too peppery but a balanced combination of spices and flavors your shawarma needs.
Just tinker with it until you find your perfect blend. This spice mix can turn any meat or poultry into a delicious dish.
Originally shawarma was made from lamb or mutton thinly sliced, seasoned, and stacked on a vertical rotisserie.
It rotates and when it is time to eat the meat is shaved off the vertical rotisserie.
When you buy shawarma in a restaurant the shaved meat is baked with some onion on high heat before it is stuffed into pita bread.
Shawarma Seasoning Ingredients
To make this seasoning you need an extensive list of spices but the good news is you have the majority most likely in your pantry.
You need the following ingredients:
- Cilantro powder
- Cumin powder
- Paprika powder
- Turmeric powder
- Black pepper, ground
- Cayenne or chili pepper
- Cinnamon powder
- Nutmeg ground
- Ginger powder
How To Make Shawarma Seasoning
To make this seasoning you need to measure all of the ingredients as mentioned in the recipe and put these in a bowl.
I grind the cloves fresh in my pestle and mortar but you can buy ground cloves as well.
It is really important to mix your seasoning properly for at least a minute.
As you are using cayenne pepper and black pepper you want this to be evenly distributed throughout your spice mix.
Instead of cayenne pepper, you can use hot chili powder (not the seasoning mix) instead. Chili has the same type of heat and intensity as cayenne pepper.
If you do not like spicy mixes you can omit the cayenne pepper but I would urge you to try it first. Good shawarma needs a little bit of heat and the amount in this spice mix is properly balanced.
Once you have stirred it through for at least a minute you can store the seasoning in a glass jar. This will preserve the seasoning best.
This seasoning does not have any additives, no preservatives and if you buy biological spices, it does not get any better than this.
How To Use Shawarma Seasoning
This seasoning mix can be used dry or in a wet marinade. Take 2 tablespoons spice mix and either rub on the meat or add to 2 tablespoons olive oil.
When you make it into a wet marinade mix the spice mix and oil. Stir to combine and then add to your meats.
Marinate your poultry or meat for at least 15 minutes or overnight.
You can use this spice mix in several tasty shawarma recipes like:
Other Seasoning Mixes
If you are wondering what other seasonings you can find on the Tortilla Channel take a look at these:
- Chili powder
- Taco seasoning
- Fajitas seasoning
- Enchilada spice mix
- Burrito seasoning
- Mexican seasoning
- Adobo seasoning
- Cajun seasoning
- Ranch seasoning
Have fun with this shawarma seasoning mix!
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This homemade shawarma seasoning is easy to make using 12 ingredients. Adjust to your personal preference and use it in your favorite shawarma recpe.
- 1 tablespoon cilantro powder
- 1 tablespoon cumin powder
- 2 teaspoon paprika powder
- 1 teaspoon turmeric powder
- ½ tsp allspice
- ½ tsp black pepper
- ½ tsp cayenne pepper
- ½ tsp cinnamon powder
- ½ tsp cloves ground
- ½ tsp nutmeg
- ½ tsp ginger powder
- ½ tsp sea salt
- Measure all the ingredients and put them in a bowl
- Stir through thoroughly for at least a minute to distribute all ingredients through the mix
- Store in a glass jar
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Notes: - Cilantro is the Spanish name for coriander - Instead of cayenne pepper, you can use hot chili powder. This has the same type of heat and intensity as cayenne pepper
Calories: 16; Fat: 0.8g; Carbs: 2.6g; Protein: 0.6g;