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Shoarma Spice Mix


  • 1tablespoon ground cumin
  • 1tablespoon ground coriander
  • 1tablespoon garlic powder
  • 1⁄2tablespoon paprika
  • 1teaspoon turmeric powder
  • 1⁄2teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1⁄2teaspoon ground cayenne pepper
  • 1teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1⁄2teaspoon ground cinnamon


  • If you have whole spices and the time, dry roast the cumin and coriander seeds in a frying pan for several minutes, let them cool and grind as fine as possible Mix everything together and put in a small jar Shoarma idea for 4: approx 1lb pork, lamb or chicken, cut meat in strips, add 1 tablespoon oil and lemon juice, 1 or 2 teaspoons of the spice mix, add salt to taste, mix and leave for a few hours or overnight.
  • If you like add some chopped onion, crushed garlic, chopped chili pepper and a chopped sweet pepper to the meat mix.
  • Fry or grill this until done.
  • Serve in a wrap or pita bread with a mayonnaise sauce, Tzatziki or try my Yoghurt Chutney (recipe#38562) and add some finely chopped cucumber to it.
  • Use for barbecues, marinades and so on.


  • Syl001

    Great mix, I keep on experimenting with some of the seasoning and found a smidgeon more cayenne, paprika and garlic powder did it for me! Now if I could only find the recipe for the raw onion sauce that is often served with shoarma, I’d be a happy gal!

  • Kim of MS

    This is a great mix. I was also in Holland for a time and missed shoarma when we returned state-side. I was buying the seasoning from a Dutch website and then found this recipe. I don’t buy from Holland anymore. I like this one better. I have adjusted it a tiny bit. I cut the cinnamon down to 1/4 tsp and have added 1/2 tsp curry. Our shoarma sauce consists of equal parts mayonaise and plain yogurt with garlic powder and parsley added to taste. We use thin sliced pork loin cut in strips and add some lamb and usually put enough mix on the meat to really smell it. We broil the meat in a cast iron skillet and have in pitas with shredded lettuce and sauce. It is so good that our friends are always asking when we are making shoarma again.

  • Lorac

    This was worth waiting for! I marinated 3 boneless chicken breasts (pounded thin) overnight in 2 tbls of oil, 2 tbls of lemon juice and 3 tsp of Shoarma Mix. I pan fried the chicken in butter and served it with garlic green beans. There is no need to add any thing else, the lemon juice works magic with the spice mix. Shoarma Mix would make a wonderful gift as well as a special “secret” ingredient that will make your guests beg you for any recipe you make with it.

  • jacqui1811 Fleming

    Fabulous. I am veggie and now I can make my own shoarma with the fabulous combination of spices you have given and some quorn pieces.

  • happyherbivore

    disgusting. I live in nyc where we have halal stands on every corner. i should have known it was amiss when it didnt smell right — and was too clove-y. it was so tasteless and the smell awful — stunk up my house. had to throw our entire dinner out.

  • Michelle S.

    FABULOUS!!!! Definitely more garlic and cayenne for our tastes next time though! I used boneless chicken thigh meat that I cut in strips I followed Pets marinating instructions adding more garlic to the mix, I then tucked it into the freezer for a later quick meal. I thawed the meat in the marinade, and then diced and onion and chunked a sweet red pepper. I sauteed with more garlic and salt in olive oil till the meat was done. We served this on pitas topped with tzatziki. Oh my…..I think I will have a packet of this in the freezer for a knock out quick dinner on those nights where you need comfort but not alot of fuss.

  • UmmBinat

    I am amazed at how this tastes extremely similar to our local shawarma restaurant! I had it on chicken strips from mainly breast and some thy marinating in lemon juice as well like Lorac overnight. I used all preground spices but did dry roast them until fragrant. As I didn’t have any garlic powder I used garlic salt and just added a little additional salt during frying in butter in my cast iron frying pan over medium high heat to brown a bit. I also separately fried until translucent white cooking onion which I added after cooked. I serve this with Lebanese Rice With Sharia (Vermicelli) (Gluten Free) and a variation of Garlic Mayonnaise (Aioli) & Lebanese Spiced Potatoes (Batata Harra) & Middle Eastern Lebanese Fattoush Bread Salad for the full Lebanese meal from the restaurant, only better! A definite make over again when craving shawarma.

  • ROV Chef

    I have been working on a Dutch vessel in the North Sea for 6 months and the Shoarma is the best thing they cook. The chef on board told me that you can’t get the spice mix they buy outside of Holland. Well I have to say that this is pretty close. I toasted the cumin and coriander seeds and I used smoked paprika, because that’s all I have on hand. I tried a little bit with some thin sliced pork loin. I tossed it in lemon juice and oil as suggested by Lorac and I made up a batch of the garlic sauce that Carola in Perth posted. It turned out pretty good. I have cut up a couple of pounds of pork and tossed it with about 3 tbls of spice mix, 1/4 cup of lemon juice and 3 tbls of oil. It’s sitting in the fridge to be cooked up in a few days when I have some guys from the boat come over for dinner. Thanks for the recipe.

  • zainab23

    We were really happy with the flavor of this chicken and would like to make again many times. I used all the spices mentioned except I added only 1/4 the amount of garlic powder and the other 3/4 onion powder from preference. I also added a small amount of cardamom and allspice and a table spoon of chicken curry spice mix. I sprayed an oven try with olive oil and sprinkled around half a finely cut onion sprinkled with some more of the spice, the the chicken on top and grilled in the oven. Once cooked I sprinkled with a little bit citric acid for some extra zing. Also I only marinated for one hour and it still turned out very nice. I served it with flat bread, mayonnaise, pickles, tomato, lettuce and french fries (put in the sandwich).

  • Tara

    I made a bunch of jars of this a month ago to give away as Christmas gifts and finally tried some myself. In addition to meat try it with eggs. I mixed about a 1/8th tsp into 2 eggs and a pinch of chives and pepper, dash of milk and scrabled for on toast. Some of the best eggs ever. I will update likely in a month or two after some people have tried it.