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Beef Shawarma Marinade Blend Recipe

Traditionally Beef Shawarma is prepared by thinly slicing and marinating the beef, before stacking the slices on a vertical rotisserie where it cooks slowly. Slices are taken off the outside and served stuffed into a pita with veggies, pickles and sauces like hummus, tahini, tzatziki and/or garlic sauce. 


  • 2T Beef Shawarma Marinade Blend From Lex’s Pantry
  • 2lb Beef - flank steak or skirt steak preferred (but it will work with any inexpensive roast too)
  • ½ c Lemon juice 
  • ¼ c Olive oil


  1. Slice the beef into thin slices. 
  2. Combine Beef Shawarma Marinade Blend with olive oil and lemon juice, and mix thoroughly. 
  3. Add spice mixture to the beef and mix evenly to coat all the meat. 
  4. Cover and marinate from 30 minutes to overnight in the refrigerator. 
  5. Sear your beef slices on your barbecue over high heat or in a heavy cast iron pan over medium to medium-high heat to get that dry sear that is traditional Shawarma. 
  6. Serve wrapped up in a pita or with rice and salad.

Alternatives Ways to Cook your Beef Shawarma

Sure you can use your barbecue or a cast iron pan for a quick sear, but why not experiment a bit and try: 

on the Barbecue

a slightly more traditional method by threading your meat onto skewers and slow roasting it indirect on low-medium to medium. 

In the Kitchen

Try slow roast skewers in your oven. Yum!

Have a Rotisserie? 

why not try the tried and true method and build a cone-shaped spit of meat and slow roast it on your rotisserie. If you have a horitzontal rotisserie, just put a pan of diced potatoes or root vegetables underneath to catch all those wonderful dripping juices.

It's not for every day, but certainly fun to do occasionally. 

Other uses for our Beef Shawarma Marinade Blend

Mix things up and mix some directly into ground lamb or beef turn this into a Shawarma Burger. Serve with the same toppings on a burger bun. Yum! 

Don't want the meat? No problem!

Skip the beef and use any of your favourite plant-based meat alternatives. Or just skip straight to using Beef Shawarma Marinade Blend to season your tofu, seitan. Why not marinate mushrooms or cauliflower steaks? The flavour is there for the using! 

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