Shawarma Seasoning Recipe


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The most delicious homemade shawarma seasoning! This is the perfect amount for 1 pound of chicken or beef, or for 1 can of chickpeas!

Shawarma Seasoning

I’m finally starting to make headway on posting some of our tried and true favorite recipes that we’ve been using for years (but have somehow never gotten around to posting – how does that happen!?).

I just posted my all-time favorite white shawarma sauce recipe yesterday, and I’m following it up today with our small batch homemade shawarma seasoning recipe.

We love shawarma. Like we really love it. We’re not big takeout food people (I mean, I am cooking for this site basically all the time), but with everything going on in the world right now, we’re starting to miss travel and all the tasty street food.

We’ve been making this at home lots lately, and I think you’ll love this easy 2-minute recipe just as much as we do!

Regardless of whether or not you cook meat on a rotisserie, it’s going to add tons of delicious Middle Eastern flavor.

Shawarma spices on a plate.

What To Use It On

My favorite things to use this spice on are grilled chicken thighs and on roasted crispy chickpeas. It’s also SO good on chicken breast, lamb, and beef.

If you happen to have some fresh pita on hand, it’s also really good sprinkled on that with a bit of oil and toasted.

How Much Should You Use?

Here’s the thing about me and spice blends. I love small batch recipes. That’s because we have a small kitchen and I need all the space I can get in our cupboard.

Most of the spice blend recipes make enough for a lot of meat, but I only ever really need enough for a pound at a time. This makes a total of 1 Tablespoon of seasoning, which is literally the perfect amount for 1 pound of meat.

If you want to have more on hand, this recipe multiples perfectly! Feel free to make as much as you want to store. Just be sure to store it in an airtight container in a cool dry place.

How Much Salt Should You Add?

I made this spice blend salt-free because I think everyone should really add as much (or as little) salt as they want or their diet permits.

I also really love sodium-free seasonings because then I can add the type of salt I want to use.

I don’t typically add a lot of salt to this recipe (maybe 1/4 teaspoon) because it’s so flavorful as-is.

How To Make The Best Marinade

This spice blend makes an incredible marinade when it’s mixed with salt, lemon juice, and olive oil. Seriously, it’s SO worth trying. If you don’t have time to marinade, just use this as a dry rub for tons of flavor.

If you prefer a yogurt based marinade, you can also mix this with Greek yogurt and marinade your meat in that.

Shawarma Seasoning vs Garam Masala

This shawarma spice blend is a little bit similar to garam masala because they both use a lot of warming spices. The main difference is that garam masala relies heavily on a couple of spices that we’re not using (cumin and coriander).

Labeled shawarma spices on a plate.

Spice and Sauce Recipes

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Yield: 4 servings

Shawarma Seasoning Recipe

Shawarma seasoning spices on a white plate.

The most delicious homemade shawarma seasoning! This is the perfect amount for 1 pound of chicken or 1 can of chickpeas.

Prep Time 2 minutes
Total Time 2 minutes


  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground allspice
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cardamom
  • 1/4 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried oregano


  1. Add all ingredients to a small lidded jar. Close the lid and shake to combine. Store in a cool dry place.


This makes enough to season 1 pound of meat. If you’d like to make more to keep on hand, this recipe multiplies perfectly!

Nutrition Information:

Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 5Total Fat: 0.1gCarbohydrates: 1.2gNet Carbohydrates: .8gFiber: 0.4gSugar: 0.1gProtein: 0.1g

Nutrition information isn’t always accurate.


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Try this delicious shawarma seasoning on roasted chickpeas or on one pound of chicken!

Shawarma seasoning spices on a white plate.

2 thoughts on “Shawarma Seasoning Recipe”

  1. This blend is delicious on roasted chickpeas & Black Bean Soup without salt. Perfect for Fall weather. Many thanks for passing on knowledge for more culinary experience.

    • Hi Kathy, So happy to hear that you liked this shawarma spice blend! I love it on roasted chickpeas, too. It sounds like it would be delicious with black bean soup! -Alexa


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