My beef shawarma recipe allows you to make this beloved, and delicious street food at home.
A well known staple in Middle Eastern countries, and around the world, shawarma is tasty.
There are several types of shawarma using different kinds of meat.
And of course something completely different, and a relatively new innovation, chicken shawarma.
What Is Beef Shawarma?
Shawarma is a kind of heavily spiced kebab that is grilled on a revolving spit.
It was a great treat as a kid to go out and watch as the shawarma turned and sizzled on its spit.
The shawarma man sliced through all the layers of the crispy meat as it oozed in its own juices..
A pita loaf is opened up to soak up some of the meat juices on the inside of the pocket.
Then using a long and sharp knife the shawarma meat is thinly sliced as the spit continues to turn.
As the pieces of meat fall they are caught in the open pita as the sandwich is made.
The pita is then rolled and wrapped in paper.
A one in of a kind experience.
The Beginnings Of Beef Shawarma
Originating in the Ottoman Empire, shawarma is the Arab version of a stacked grilled meat delicacy.
The three main variations of this street food in the Middle East are the doner kebab, from Turkey.
Gyros from Greece, and shawarma from the Arabic speaking countries.
It is hard to know exactly, but either way doner kebab is delicious food.
Homemade shawarma will normally be made differently than at a restaurant.
This is mainly because most people won’t have a spit to cook it on in the traditional way.
Instead the shawarma will most often be made in a pan using the shawarma seasonings to flavor the meat.
Spices For Shawarma
It may seem like all the warm spices you know of go into a shawarma spicing mix, and you could be right!
One of the trademarks of food from the Middle East is all the spice mixes that dominate so much of it.
I like to use is chipotle for that bit of heat.
What Cut Of Beef Is Best?
Getting the right cut will always help make your dish a success, so it’s worth putting quality in your food when you can.
At the end of the day you can choose the kind of cut you like best as long as you know the best way to cook it so it remains tender.
Nothing worse than having a shawarma that you have to fight with as you try and get your teeth through the meat.
Prime rib is what I normally try and use, or a tri-tip in thin slices.
How To Make Beef Shawarma
When making shawarma at home you will most probably be making it in a skillet and not on a rotisserie.
It’s best to slice it into thin slices since you will want to cook it slowly, and all the way through.
Add spices, and continue to cook until done, stirring occasionally for an additional four or five minutes.
And don’t forget the hot sauce if you are into extra spice!
Roll up your pita and enjoy.
Then add the beef making sure it all gets completely saturated with the marinade, then cover and refrigerate for 24 hours.
Cook the meat as above, then remove and slice the cooked beef and add to a sandwich.
How To Serve Beef Shawarma
There are several ways to serve this seasoned meat dish.
Fusion of cultures and cuisines!