Make a big batch of homemade shawarma seasoning and use it to season all sorts of stuff like chicken, beef, and roasted chickpeas! It tastes just like the store-bought shawarma seasoning but way better!

mixed shawarma seasoning in glass mason jar with spoon

Shawarma seasoning that will make your heart sing!

This one has been a long time coming. Not only are the two of us big shawarma fans, we’re also picky shawarma eaters. That means just any old thing won’t do. It has to be the best. So it took some tinkering on my part when I set out to make the best homemade shawarma seasoning. And friends, it’s here! This is seriously amazing stuff.

What I love most about homemade seasonings is that you’re in the driver’s seat, you have full control. And that control comes into play most when it comes to the amount of sodium in your seasonings. Stating the obvious here but store-bought seasonings are loaded with salt and/or sugar. But not our homemade version.

I’ve modeled this shawarma seasoning off of one that we absolutely love and I have to say, it’s pretty close to perfect!

seasoning ingredients in metal bowl

Homemade shawarma seasoning in large batches isn’t difficult to make. You just grab fresh spices, combine them in a bowl and that’s it. With this recipe, you’ll make enough seasoning for 21-23 lbs of meat. So it’ll certainly last you a while if you make the entire batch. Which, we go through easily in about 6 months. Have I mentioned we love shawarmas, because now would probably be a good time to do so.

Sometimes I’ll make a batch and split it with my mom and sis. I’ve mentioned this before but the little sister lives away from home and isn’t big on cooking. She’s always looking for easy things to meal prep so I’ll pass along homemade seasonings like this so she can meal prep stuff for the week. This shawarma seasoning is perfect to marinate chicken with. Just grill it up outdoors or on a grill pan and serve it with a big Shirazi or greek salad and voila! Lunch in a flash.

I know it may seem like a lot of individual spices but if you’re passionate about your shawarmas, this is definitely a must-try!

One last thing – when you want to prep the shawarma meat, combine 1 tablespoon of this seasoning with 2 tablespoons of olive oil and 1 tablespoon of white vinegar, and a little salt, and let the chicken marinate for 10-20 minutes. For beef shawarmas like this bowl, let marinate for 1 hour or up to 24 hours. The flavors just really absorb right into the steak and it’s melt-in-your-mouth good.

If you like this recipe, you might also like:

shawarma seasoning in glass jar with wooden spoon

Yield: Enough to season about 21 lbs. of meat

Most Delicious Homemade Shawarma Seasoning

Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes

Make a big batch of homemade shawarma seasoning and use it to season all sorts of stuff like chicken, beef, and roasted chickpeas! It tastes just like the store bought shawarma seasoning but way better!

Most Delicious Homemade Shawarma Seasoning


  • 1/4 cup ground black pepper
  • 1/4 cup ground allspice
  • 1/4 cup garlic powder
  • 2 tablespoons ground cloves
  • 2 tablespoons ground cinnamon
  • 2 tablespoons ground nutmeg
  • 2 tablespoons ground cardamom
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 1 tablespoons dried oregano
  • 1 tablespoon salt


  1. Combine all the ingredients in a bowl or ziplock bag. Store in an airtight container in a cool, dry place.
  2. To marinate the shawarma meat: you'll need 2 tablespoons olive oil + 1 tablespoon white vinegar + 1/2 teaspoon salt. Allow chicken to marinate for 10-20 minutes and 1 hour to 24 hours for beef. Here's a recipe for my beef shawarma bowls we love to make with this seasoning. And here's one for chicken shawarma wraps.


  • This makes enough to season about 21 pounds of meat. Use about 1 tablespoon of seasoning per pound of chicken or beef. The batch can even be made larger by simply doubling or tripling the recipe. You can also halve the recipe for a smaller batch.

Have you made this recipe?

If you enjoyed this recipe, please consider leaving a ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ rating and a comment below. You can also share a picture on Instagram with the hashtag #LITTLESPICEJAR, I'd love to see what you made!

shawarma seasoning pin for Pinterest