Easy Lamb Shawarma Recipe | Delicious Middle Eastern Dish

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Easy Lamb Shawarma Recipe | Delicious Middle Eastern Dish
Prep Time:
20 mins
Cook Time:
2015 mins
Total Time:
Recipe by Administrator
Published on November 01, 2023

Indulge in the flavors of the Middle East with this easy lamb shawarma recipe. Marinated in a blend of aromatic spices, the tender lamb is then cooked to perfection and served with pita bread, hummus, and a flavorful yogurt sauce. This dish is perfect for a weeknight dinner or a weekend gathering with friends and family. Impress your guests with this delicious and authentic Middle Eastern dish!


  • 1 lb boneless lamb leg or shoulder, thinly sliced
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon ground cumin
  • 1 tablespoon ground coriander
  • 1 teaspoon ground paprika
  • 1 teaspoon ground turmeric
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cardamom
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 4 pita bread
  • 1 cup hummus
  • 1 cup Greek yogurt
  • 1/4 cup fresh parsley, chopped
  • 1/4 cup fresh mint leaves, chopped
  • 1/4 cup pickles, sliced
  • 1/4 cup red onion, thinly sliced


  1. In a large bowl, combine the minced garlic, olive oil, lemon juice, cumin, coriander, paprika, turmeric, cinnamon, cardamom, salt, and black pepper. Mix well.
  2. Add the sliced lamb to the bowl and toss until the lamb is evenly coated with the marinade. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and let it marinate in the refrigerator for at least 1 hour, or overnight for best results.
  3. Preheat your grill or grill pan over medium-high heat. Remove the lamb from the marinade and thread the slices onto skewers. Discard the marinade.
  4. Grill the lamb skewers for about 3-4 minutes per side, or until the lamb is cooked to your desired doneness.
  5. While the lamb is grilling, heat the pita bread on the grill or in a toaster until warmed through.
  6. In a small bowl, combine the Greek yogurt, chopped parsley, and chopped mint leaves. Mix well to make the yogurt sauce.
  7. To assemble the lamb shawarma, spread a layer of hummus on each warm pita bread. Top with grilled lamb, yogurt sauce, pickles, and sliced red onion.
  8. Roll up the pita bread tightly and serve immediately. Enjoy the delicious flavor of this homemade lamb shawarma!

Interesting Facts

  • Shawarma is a popular street food in the Middle East and has gained popularity worldwide.
  • The word 'shawarma' is derived from the Turkish word 'çevirme', which means 'turning' or 'rotating'.
  • Traditionally, shawarma is cooked on a vertical rotisserie, allowing the meat to slowly cook and develop a crispy outer layer.
  • Lamb is a common protein used in shawarma, but chicken and beef are also popular choices.
  • Shawarma is typically served with various toppings and sauces, such as tahini, tzatziki, or garlic sauce.