Shoarma Spice Mix

"Shoarma is so popular in Holland that you might forget it is from the Middle East! When we lived abroad I really missed it and tried to copy the spice mix that you can buy here in the shops. There are many makes and blends in the shops, they all taste different, now try the homemade mix! Note that there is no salt in the mix so do not forget to add with cooking, or if you give this as a gift to mention it. After you have tried this you can always make some changes to suit your own taste."
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Ready In:
1 small jar




  • 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.

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  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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).
  4. 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 Recipe #409286 and a variation of Recipe #108234 & recipe#443414 & recipe#254171 for the full Lebanese meal from the restaurant, only better! A definite make over again when craving shawarma.
  5. 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.


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