Have a party coming up or looking for lunch or dinner ideas? These easy shawarma recipes are here to save the day (and help you try something new!). Sneak a taste of the eastern Mediterranean without the long trip by making shawarma in your own kitchen! They are easy to make and fast. You can use fresh ingredients to give them a healthy boost.
What is Shawarma?
Originally from the eastern Mediterranean, shawarma is traditionally made of lamb, chicken, turkey, beef, or veal, and is grilled on a spit. It is usually seasoned with a variety of spices like cumin, turmeric, and cardamom. Shawarma can be served plain, or you can eat it as a wrap with toppings like hummus, tahini, and fresh or pickled veggies. It’s most popular served as street food, but you can learn how to make this mouth-watering meat dish in your own kitchen!
Chicken Shawarma Recipe
If you’ve never tried shawarma before, start here! This recipe can be made either in your slow cooker or a pressure cooker, so you can make it in a snap or let it simmer for a while. Start by rubbing chicken thighs with the popular North African spice blend ras el hanut, then give the chicken a quick sear in a skillet before adding it to your slow cooker (or pressure cooker) with chicken broth. This shawarma is also served with a few different toppers—pickled carrots and red onion, and a simple lemon-yogurt sauce. When you’re ready to eat, serve the chicken on top of pita bread rounds with the pickled veggies, and serve the lemon-yogurt sauce on the side. This fast and fresh recipe will quickly make its way into your regular meal plan!
Mini Shawarma Recipe
When you want to share your new love for shawarma with friends, make this mini shawarma party appetiser! Unlike the chicken shawarma recipe, this dish uses bite-size strips of lamb leg as the featured meat. To give big flavours to these tiny appetizers, marinate the lamb in a mix of yogurt, white wine vinegar, garlic, salt, cumin, cardamom, pepper, and cloves. If you are in a rush, you can start cooking after just an hour, but if you want to make these apps ahead of time, you can let the meat marinate for up to 24 hours. When it gets close to party time, let the meat broil for just a few minutes in the oven. Then, top pita rounds with a smear of hummus, and stack on the lamb plus fresh lettuce, tomato, and red onion. Whip up a quick Greek yogurt sauce to serve on the side, and your shawarma is party-ready in no time!
Shortcut Shawarma Recipe
If you’re craving shawarma for lunch and need a recipe that really comes together fast, try this shortcut shawarma. Instead of slow-cooking, pressure-cooking, or marinating and broiling, this easy shawarma recipe cooks shredded beef, chicken, or turkey (your choice!) with a spice blend all in one skillet. For a simple yogurt sauce on the side, just mix together Greek yogurt and tahini. Once the meat is about finished cooking, mix in a splash of lemon juice to add a hint of tang. When it’s time to eat, spoon the meat into pita halves, and add fresh tomato and avocado slices. Add a drizzle of yogurt sauce, and this super-quick shawarma recipe is ready for a mouth-watering lunch or a fast and delicious dinner.