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Lamb and Beef Shawarma Spice Rub

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Lamb and beef shawarma spice rub! A delicious blend of spices with the right balance of flavors for a traditional lamb or beef shawarma. This spice mix can be used as a dry rub or it can be mixed with olive oil and vinegar to make an amazing marinade.

lamb and beef shawarma spice rub

Shawarma spice rub!

You should be able to find these spices in your local grocery store. The only exception may be sumac. 

Sumac

If you’re not familiar with sumac, it is a popular spice in the Middle East. It comes from the red berries of the Sumac bush.

Sumac has a slight tart, lemony flavor that adds some brightness to the spice blend. The tanginess of the sumac blends very well with the warm flavors of allspice, cinnamon, ginger, and cloves.

lamb and beef shawarma spice rub

The spices that are in our shawarma spice rub

We adapted this recipe from Julie Taboulie’s Lebanese Kitchen. It makes a large batch that can be used for several recipes. You can also give some to a friend and still have enough for yourself.

We packaged the mix into little spice jars to give as gifts.

lamb and beef shawarma spice rub

Shawarma spice rub packaged for gifts

Not Just for Shawarma

This is an excellent rub for lamb or beef shawarma but it also makes a great all-purpose seasoning.

Not only does this spice rub go well with red meat like beef and lamb but it is great on chicken and fish. It also adds a great flavor to meatloaf and meatballs.

But don’t just use it for meat, sprinkle it on steamed vegetables, add it to your salads and sprinkle it on roasted chickpeas.

The possibilities are endless. You may want to double the recipe. Just make sure you save some for yourself.

lamb and beef shawarma spice rub

All the spices for our shawarma spice rub

SHOPPING LIST TO MAKE THIS BEEF AND LAMB SHAWARMA SPICE RUB

  1. sumac
  2. salt
  3. black pepper
  4. allspice
  5. cinnamon
  6. ginger
  7. cloves
  8. cardamom
  9. nutmeg

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lamb and beef shawarma spice rub

Lamb and Beef Shawarma Spice Mix

Yield: 1 cup
Prep Time: 6 minutes
Total Time: 6 minutes

A delicious blend of spices with the right balance of flavors for a traditional lamb or beef shawarma. This spice mix can be used as a dry rub or it can be mixed with with olive oil and vinegar to make an amazing marinade.

Ingredients

  • 4 tablespoons sumac spice
  • 2-1/2 tablespoons salt
  • 2-1/2 tablespoon black pepper
  • 2 tablespoon ground allspice
  • 2 tablespoons ground cinnamon
  • 1 tablespoon ground ginger
  • 1-1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1-1/2 teaspoon ground cardamom
  • 1 teaspoon ground nutmeg

Instructions

Place all the ingredients in a small bowl and stir until well combined. Store in an airtight container.

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 16 Serving Size: 1 tablespoon
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 9Total Fat: 0.2gSodium: 1091mgCarbohydrates: 2gFiber: 1gProtein: 0.2g

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