Shawarma is made with sirloin steak that’s been marinated for several hours in spices. The most important spice in this dish is cardamon and lots of it! The orange juice is the tenderizer. Shawarma is topped with taratour, shredded lettuce, and stewed tomatoes, then wrapped in pita bread. Invite friends over for a shawarma party and have them make the sandwich the way they like it. Remember to serve Arak for drinks!

Skill level: Intermediate
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Serves 6
Traditional “Lebanese” Recipe
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Prep Time
30 min
Cook Time
1 hr 15 min
Total Time
1 hr 45 min
Prep Time
30 min
Cook Time
1 hr 15 min
Total Time
1 hr 45 min
  1. 4 ½ – 5 pounds top sirloin steaks, trimmed, and sliced thinly across the grain.
  2. 2 cups orange juice
  3. ½ cup apple cider vinegar
  4. 1 cup vegetable oil
  5. 3 teaspoons salt
  6. ½ teaspoon red pepper
  7. ½ teaspoon black pepper
  8. ½ teaspoon white pepper
  9. ½ teaspoon all spice
  10. 1 teaspoon shawarma seasoning
  11. 1 teaspoon ground coriander
  12. 1 teaspoon cardamom
  13. 10 – 15 garlic cloves crushed
  14. Stewed tomatoes
  15. 5 – 6 Roma tomatoes cut into quarters
  16. 2 – 3 tablespoons vegetable oil
  1. 1 Iceberg lettuce – thinly sliced
  1. See “Taratour” recipe
  1. Turnip pickles available at Middle Eastern stores
  1. Pita bread available at Middle Eastern stores
  1. Mix all the ingredients together in a large bowl.
  2. Place the mixture in a resealable plastic bag.
  3. Refrigerate for 24 hours flipping the bag once in between.
  4. In a large 7-quart Dutch oven, place the meat and cover.
  5. Cook on high heat for 15 minutes, tossing and mixing to prevent the bottom from sticking.
  6. Reduce heat to medium and continue to cook for another 1 hour.
  7. While the meat is cooking, shred the iceberg lettuce.
  8. Cut the Roma tomatoes and stew on medium heat in a small skillet with the vegetable oil.
  9. Remove the tomatoes when sides are golden brown.
  10. Place in a serving platter and cover with foil to keep warm.
  11. Check to see that the meat is done. The meat should be tender and flaky.
  12. Empty the content into a casserole or baking dish and cover with foil.
  13. Arrange the shawarma meat, stewed tomatoes, shredded lettuce, turnip pickles and pita bread all on a table and have your guests wrap their own sandwich!
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