Homemade Shawarma Seasoning

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Shawarma seasoning is a flavorful spice blend from the Middle East, it is traditionally used for seasoning meat, incredible aromatic blend including cumin, allspice, cardamom, turmeric, and ginger. Did you know that you can use it to as a seasoning for tofu, vegetables, stews, chickpeas, and other plant proteins?

Homemade Shawarma Seasoning

Make your own, Easy Curry Powder Recipe, Creole Seasoning Recipe, Jamaican Jerk Sauce, Vegan BBQ Sauce. Vegan Tzatziki Sauce. It is especially important if you are gluten-intolerant or a Celiac to make sure that the seasonings and sauces you use in your recipes are gluten-free to avoid suffering the effects of gluten exposure. 

Shawarma Seasoning

Making your own homemade shawarma seasoning reduces the possibility of ingesting a store bought spice blend with added gluten.  In a 2013 Survey Of Gluten In Spices, from the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA). It was found that 24% of the spices tested (24 out of 268) had detectable levels of gluten.

Fortunately, USA and Canada require gluten-containing ingredients to be declared on the labels however, in facilities that are not totally gluten-free, cross-contamination may occur.

Whether you are gluten-free or not, making your own spice blends are best:

  1. You get to chose what goes in your blend. You get to use fresh herbs and spices so the flavor will be more potent.
  2. You can control the spice level, you can eliminate the chili or cayenne pepper or add more or less.
  3. You can control the amount of sodium.
  4. It is so lovely to give your spice blends as gifts. 

Shawarma seasoning ingredients on a white plate, paprika, cumin, allspice, turmeric, ginger, cayenne pepper, garlic powder.

Shawarma Seasoning Ingredients

Making your own Shawarma spice blend is so easy, the main flavors come from the cumin, allspice, and paprika. I used smoked paprika for more flavor to imitate the smoky grilled flavor of traditional shawarma. 

  • Cumin
  • Allspice
  • Cardamom
  • Garlic
  • Smoked Paprika
  • Turmeric
  • Cinnamon
  • Ginger
  • Oregano
  • Cayenne Pepper

How To Make Shawarma Seasoning?

This is a quick and easy spice blend, all you do is add the spices to a glass jar and shake to blend. Store in a cool dry place for 8 months. Delicious addition for rice, curries, scrambled tofu, steamed, baked or grilled vegetables. Use Shawarma seasoning recipe for making Shawarma Tofu

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Shawarma seasoning blend in a glass jar with ingredients in the background on a white plate




28 kcal / 117 kJ
1 g
6 g
Per serving

Cooking Time

4 min
Ready in:
4 min
4 Servings



  1. Combine the spices in an airtight container and shake to blend.
  2. Store in a cool dry place for 8 months.

Michelle Blackwood, RN

Hi, I’m Michelle, I’m the voice, content creator and photographer behind Healthier Steps. I share vegan and gluten-free recipes because of past health issues. My goal is to help you make healthier choices and show you how healthy eating is easy and delicious.

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