The most flavorful beef shawarma you’ll ever have! Yogurt, lemon, and warm spices tenderize the meat to create a delicious and succulent Middle Eastern dish.
In my Middle Eastern family, we are no strangers to adding spices such as cinnamon and nutmeg to savory meat dishes. In fact, these warm spices are one of the many reasons I love Lebanese food so much! Today I’m sharing my version of the street-side classic: beef shawarma. Lean sirloin gets a major flavor boost from a marinade full of various warm spices, plenty of lemon and garlic, and of course plain yogurt to ensure a tender, delicious meat.
- Beef sirloin: A sirlion steak is a cut of beef that isn’t very fatty, but has enough marbling to still add great flavor.
- Plain yogurt: Yogurt slowly and gently tenderizes meat, making for steaks that you can almost pull apart.
- Lemons: The acidity aids in tenderizing the meat, while also adding bright flavor.
- Cinnamon: Warm, sweet, and also spicy flavor, a little goes a long way in balancing out rich flavors.
- Allspice: Also known as Jamaican pepper, it’s a warm spice that is often compared to that of nutmeg, fennel, cloves, and cinnamon.
- Nutmeg: Another warm and nutty spice that blends well with the others to create a delicious, savory flavor.
- Garlic: Spicy and nutty, garlic goes well with anything and adds delicious, pungent flavor to the meat.
How to Make Beef Shawarma with Cucumber Yogurt Sauce
Start your beef shawarma by cutting your sirloin into thin strips.
Then in a medium to large bowl, mix the yogurt, lemon juice, cinnamon, allspice, nutmeg, garlic, and salt & pepper.
Once yogurt marinade is mixed well, add the sirloin. Cover and let marinate for at least two hours in the fridge, but preferably overnight. You could also put it all into a resealable bag.
Once you’ve let the beef marinate, either grill or pan-fry over medium-high heat.
While the beef is marinating or cooking, mix up your cucumber yogurt sauce.
Serve together, paired with some pita bread, and enjoy your Beef Shawarma with Cucumber Yogurt Sauce!
Frequently asked questions:
What is the origin of shawarma?
It’s a popular Middle-Eastern dish that originated in Lebanon.
Do I have to cook the meat on the grill?
You can also cook the meat under the broiler in your oven, or on the stove.
More Lebanese Recipes
- Lebanese Stuffed Kousa Squash
- Hummus with Ground Beef
- Lebanese Green Beans with Tomatoes
- Shish Tawook Chicken
- Lebanese Rice Pilaf
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An easy dish to prepare days in advance, or make day of, my Beef Shawarma is sure to please you and your family.
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Beef Shawarma with Cucumber Yogurt Sauce
- Place sirloin strips in a glass bowl or resealable plastic bag.
- In a small bowl, whisk together all remaining ingredients (yogurt through pepper) and pour over the beef strips.
- Marinate 2 hours or overnight if possible.
- Grill over medium-high heat for 3-4 minutes per side.
- Serve with cucumber mint yogurt sauce.