Shawarma really refers to the Middle Eastern meat that is stacked and cooked on a vertical rotisserie. As it rotates and the outside cooks, thin slices are sliced and served with salad on a plate or in a pita.  

It is one of the most popular fast foods in the world.  In fact, it's so popular, we have found ways to make shawarma at home.  It's never the same as the streets of Israel, but you can easily make it at home in a slow cooker or a skillet.  

The seasonings used to make Shawarma differ by region and preference.  The flavor profile can be savory and aromatic with ingredients such as cloves and allspice and/or it can be spicy with cayenne peppers.  I really like it with the addition of fennel seeds and I prefer a more coarse grind, but the best part of making your own spice blend is you can make it the way you prefer, here's my recipe as a starting off point:

Make Your Own Shawarma Seasoning

  • 2 teaspoon paprika
  • 2 teaspoon cumin
  • 2 teaspoons coriander
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon fennel seeds, smashed
  • 2 teaspoon turmeric
  • 1/2 teaspoon allspice
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

Now that you have the spices, discover more ways to use shawarma seasoning in unique ways, it's not only for meat.  

Shawarma seasoning is also great for you, especially when used with healthy vegetables.  The spices are loaded with antioxidants and vitamins and minerals, so pour it on.