Shawarma is a popular Middle Eastern meal that is made from marinated meat, such as lamb, beef, and chicken. It is one of the world’s most popular street foods, especially in Egypt, and is now a staple at most Middle Eastern restaurants.
Shawarma is marinated with various seasonings and spices such as cumin, turmeric, and paprika. It is made by stacking thinly sliced meat, typically lamb, beef, or chicken, on a large rotating skewer or cone. It is also sometimes cooked with extra fat from the meat to give it a juicer taste.
Once the shawarma is cooked, it is usually cut or shaved using a thin long knife. Only what is needed is cut into thin, wide strips. The meat is then served in a stuffed pita, wrap, or sandwich and is paired with an assortment of vegetables such as lettuce, tomatoes, pickles, turnip. The wonderful thing about shawarma is that you can pair it with any vegetables or sauces you like! The most common sauces used in a shawarma wrap are tahini, garlic, and hummus.
This recipe is straight from our restaurant here in Jerusalem. We take the classic shawarma and instead of serving meat we use fish. Typically a white fatty fish like grouper but you can use any white fish such as sea bass. It’s the perfect fist course packed with flavor. The spices and lemony salad mixed with the creamy tahini and grilled pita bread is just amazing.