Beef Shawarma Wrap

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Shawarma is one of the most popular street foods, and especially so in the Middle East. My beef shawarma recipe is an easy one you can make at home. The key is to tenderize the meat with lemon juice, olive oil, garlic and warm Mediterranean spices. And the end result is juicy, flavorful beef for a sandwich or wrap!

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Beef Shawarma Wrap

Talking about shawarma again! This time beef shawarma.

Beef shawarma sandwich rolled up in a pita bread and cut in half on a plate, alongside baked potato wedges and fresh parsley.

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What’s Shawarma?

It’s a street-food classic that’s basically grilled beef or chicken heavily marinated in olive oil, vinegar, lemon juice and warm spices, cooked on a revolving pit and then shaved off for sandwiches. Shawarma is one of the world’s most popular street foods, but especially popular in the Middle East. It can be served on a plate with accompaniments or in a sandwich or wrap, which is more common.

The spices I used for my Chicken Shawarma can also be used for Beef Shawarma, but at the Mediterranean grocery store I shop at, they have different pre-mixed Shawarma spices so buy one of of each. Specifically, the beef shawarma spices included all spice, black pepper, coriander, cinnamon, nutmeg, and sumac.

How to Make Beef Shawarma

Well, I definitely don’t have a revolving pit in my home kitchen! Goals, though, amiright?! So what I usually do is order lean sirloin that is cut into strips. At the butcher where I buy it, I just tell them beef shawarma, and they know exactly what I’m talking about!

The goal with this dish is to tenderize the beef with the olive oil, vinegar, lemon juice, fresh garlic, and the spice combination and let it marinade for at least one hour, preferably overnight. You can also toss some sliced onions and lemon zest on top, but this part is optional.

Aluminum large bowl filled with raw shawarma meat marinated in the spices and covered with sliced onions and sumac. - before it gets mixed

And this is what it looks like when it’s all mixed up.

Aluminum large bowl filled with raw shawarma meat marinated in the spices and covered with sliced onions and sumac.

When I’m ready to cook it, I transfer the marinated beef shawarma to a pot and throw on some slices of lemon.

Large pot filled with raw shawarma meat marinated in the spices and covered with sliced onions, lemon slices and sumac.

If it marinated long enough, the meat will look very tender and almost cooked, so it really only needs 10-15 minutes to thoroughly cook it stovetop. Then it’s up to you how you serve it, roll it, wrap it or top it. I usually make 2 pounds of it and we eat it for 2-3 days. My kids love making their own sandwiches with it!

How to Make the Sauce

A lot of people will agree that the most important part of a beef shawarma wrap or sandwich is the tahini sauce that it goes with it. I make mine super simple by whisking freshly minced garlic with lemon juice and tahini paste and once it’s all blended, I add the water to get it to the consistency I like. It is EVERYTHING in this recipe!!

Clear bowl of tahini dressing made with tahini sesame paste and lemon juice

Toppings & Accompaniments

This is the fun part! I mean look at all those colors! For the toppings and/or accompaniments if you’ve having this over rice or as a salad, use whatever you like! Traditionally, there’s tomatoes, cucumber pickles and red onions in addition to parsley and pickled turnips. But you can also added shredded lettuce, banana peppers, roasted red peppers, olives, lemon zest and really make it your own way!

I make my kids pick two things to add to their wraps, and it’s usually pickles and tomatoes. Color quota fulfilled for the day!

Long white plate filled with vegetables for assembling the beef shawarma wrap including lemons, onions, parsley and tomatoes. On the side are pickled turnips, pickled cucumbers and the tahini sauce for the wraps.

Put it All Together

The assembly line meals are always the funnest! I usually use thin pita bread for my wraps.

Cooked beef shawarma laid flat on a large pita bread, surrounded by all the accompaniments such as tomatoes, parsley, onions, lemons, pickles, pickled turnips and shredded lettuce.

Then I roll it up and cut it half and eat with a side of baked potato wedges.

Beef shawarma on two thick pita breads, topped with lettuce, parsley, tomatoes, red onions, pickles and pickled turnips. Small side of tahini sauce in the upper right corner.

You can also use thick pita or naan bread to make the wraps. Just don’t skimp out on the veggies.

Beef shawarma sandwich rolled up in a thick pita with the bottom half of the wrap covered in aluminum foil sitting on a plate, alongside baked potato wedges and lemon wedges.

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I hope you love this healthy-ish feelgood nutrition-packed beef shawarma recipe. If you make it, please leave me a comment telling me how you like it, or use hashtag #feelgoodfoodie on Instagram so I can see your recreations.

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Beef shawarma sandwich rolled up in a thick pita with the bottom half of the wrap covered in aluminum foil sitting on a plate, alongside baked potato wedges and lemon wedges.
Beef Shawarma Wrap
Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
15 mins
Total Time
20 mins
 
Shawarma is one of the most popular street foods, and especially so in the Middle East. My beef shawarma recipe is an easy one you can make at home. The key is to tenderize the meat with lemon juice, olive oil, garlic and warm Mediterranean spices. And the end result is juicy, flavorful beef for a sandwich or wrap!
Course: Sandwich
Cuisine: Mediterranean
Keyword: Beef Wrap, Shawarma Wrap
Servings: 8 servings
Calories: 427 kcal
Author: Yumna Jawad
Ingredients
Beef Shawarma
  • 2 lbs lean sirloin cut into strips
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1/4 cup vinegar
  • Juice of two lemons plus zest
  • 2 Tbsp Shawarma seasoning
  • 4 garlic cloves minced
  • 1 onion minced
Tahini Sauce
  • 1/2 cup Tahini paste
  • Juice of 2 lemons
  • 2 garlic cloves minced
  • ¼ cup water
  • ¼ tsp salt
Assembling
  • 6 Large pita breads
  • Roma tomatoes sliced
  • Red onion sliced
  • Flat leaf parsley roughly chopped
Instructions
  1. To make the marinade, whisk the olive oil, vinegar, lemon juice, shawarma seasoning and garlic until well combined in a large bowl.
  2. Add the sirloin steak strips to the bowl and toss to fully coat the beef. with the marinade. Let it sit in the fridge for at least 1 hour, preferably a few hours or overnight.
  3. When ready to cook, add the onion slices and lemon slices, if desired, then transfer to a bottom-heavy pot and bring the mixture to a boil on high heat. Turn the heat to a simmer and allow to cook for 15 minutes.
  4. To make the tahini sauce, place all the ingredients together in a food processor and blend until well combined.
  5. To assemble the pita, place the beef shawarma on the pita bread, top with the vegetables of choice, drizzle the tahini sauce on top and roll up.
Recipe Notes
  • Marinade: It’s important to marinade this for at least one hour so it can allow the beef to become tender and succulent. You can marinade it up to 2-3 days in advance actually and the long the better.
  • Potatoes: You can find those baked potato wedges recipe here
Nutrition Facts
Beef Shawarma Wrap
Amount Per Serving (1 g)
Calories 427 Calories from Fat 180
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 20g 31%
Saturated Fat 4g 20%
Cholesterol 69mg 23%
Sodium 369mg 15%
Potassium 533mg 15%
Total Carbohydrates 28g 9%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Protein 31g 62%
Vitamin A 0.2%
Vitamin C 2.8%
Calcium 9.6%
Iron 17.7%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Comments

  • Reply
    Whit
    November 8, 2018 at 3:22 pm

    Do you have an actual seasoning recipe? I don’t have a place here with “shawarma seasoning”, unfortunately.

    • Reply
      Yumna Jawad
      November 9, 2018 at 9:00 am

      Hi there, I’ve actually never made my own seasoning, but the beef shawarma spices is basically a combination of all spice, black pepper, coriander, cinnamon, nutmeg, and sumac. I would do more of the all spice, black pepper and coriander and less of the cinnamon, nutmeg and sumac. I will also try making my own and update this recipe with that information! Thank you!

    • Reply
      Larie
      November 14, 2018 at 5:11 pm

      Walmart.com has shawarma seasoning.. it’s a McCormick brand.

  • Reply
    Muna Chehab
    June 1, 2018 at 9:21 pm

    Oh my goodness, this was delicious!! I made this for my husbands family tonight and everyone gobbled it up and kept saying how the meat was melting in their mouths. Thank you for another amazing recipe!

    • Reply
      Yumna Jawad
      June 2, 2018 at 7:05 pm

      That makes me so happy to hear Muna! Thanks so much!! 🙂

  • Reply
    Emily
    May 30, 2018 at 7:14 am

    Your Shawarma sandwich looks so good. Made it yesterday. Was a success. Super delicious.
    The tarator or tahini sauce and all those vegetables call for : make me more.

  • Reply
    Maya
    May 21, 2018 at 8:39 am

    Looks delicious, I should not be on your page while fasting, it’s making me hungry!!!!

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