Homemade Simple Shawarma Spice Mix

In preparation for the up-coming posts related to Shawarma that I would like to share with you, I am sharing you this easy Homemade Shawarma Spice Mix first. This is my version of the spice mix, it is easy and it provides so much flavor to the Shawarma. I even use this for other meat spice marinade, it is that flexible. I made a Homemade Shawarma before and I was surprised and happy how it turned out. I served it with my friends and they loved it. So I thought, why not share this spice mix so you can also make Shawarma at home.

Don’t go nuts looking for Shawarma Spice Mix because you can make it at home in less than 10 minutes! It is so easy, all you have to do is mix all the spices together. Plus, you can definitely customize it and remove certain spice that you do not like. With this homemade Shawarma spice mix, you can make Shawarma at home anytime you want to. Be it chicken, beef, lamb, this Shawarma spice mix will not disappoint you. 

Small Batch Shawarma Mix By SweetNSpicyLiving

What is Shawarma?

Shawarma is a popular Middle Eastern dish that originated in the Ottoman Empire, consisting of meat cut into thin slices, stacked in a cone-like shape, and roasted on a slowly-turning vertical rotisserie or spit. Traditionally made with lamb or mutton, it may also be made with chicken, turkey, beef, or veal.

I love Shawarma! I got introduce to Shawarma only when I moved here in Canada. I cannot remember having I back in the Philippines (13 years ago). Shawarma is one thing that I wouldn’t get tired of eating. It is simply delicious, fresh and when done right, it is flavorful and juicy. I’ve never thought of making my own at home until today. The first I did was to find a shawarma spice mix, I thought it won’t hurt to do short cut sometimes. Unfortunately, I cannot find it in the grocery when I normally shop. I assume this will be available in specialized Mediterranean stores but I don’t have time to look for it.

Homemade Small Batch Shawarma Mix

After getting frustrated looking for it, I decided to make my own Shawarma spice mix, it may not be authentic but it turned out quite great, at least to my liking. I’ve done some research and watch some video, and although there is no recipe that is 100% the same, most recipes have similarities in terms of spices used. I guess everyone have their own version of it, and this is mine. I removed some spices that I don’t like or I don’t have, like clove and, all spice . I you like these spices and you have them, you can add about 1/2 tsp to 1 tsp depending on how strong you like the taste of the spice. 

Chicken Shawarma For Two

This is a very simple recipe, a one step recipe is what I call this. The most that you will do is to gather up the spices after that all that is left is to mix them together. Your just 10 spice mix away to a great homemade Shawarma spice mix. Let’s get started and mix it! 


Shawarma Mix
  • 2 teaspoon Cumin 
  • 1/2 teaspoon Nutmeg
  • 2 teaspoon Turmeric
  • 1/2 teaspoon Black Pepper 
  • 2 teaspoon Paprika
  • 1 teaspoon Ginger Powder 
  • 1/4 teaspoon Garlic powder 
  • 1/2 teaspoon Red ChillI Flakes 
  • 1/4 teaspoon Cardamom Powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon Cinnamon Powder


Mix all ingredients in a jar. That is all to it!

Homemade Shawarma Mix By SweetNSpicyLiving

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