Easy Lamb Shawarma


Lamb marinated with yogurt, lemon juices, garlic and seasonings is cooked quickly in a skillet. These sandwiches are a delight for all the senses. The lamb can be served over rice instead of being made into sandwiches. This marinade also works well with beef.

Prep Time:
20 mins
Cook Time:
20 mins
Additional Time:
6 hrs
Total Time:
6 hrs 40 mins
8 sandwiches


  • 2 cups plain yogurt

  • ¼ cup distilled white vinegar

  • ¼ cup olive oil

  • 3 tablespoons lemon juice

  • 3 cloves garlic, minced

  • ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon

  • ½ teaspoon ground nutmeg

  • ½ teaspoon dried oregano

  • 2 bay leaf

  • 3 ½ pounds boneless leg of lamb, trimmed of fat, and cut into thin strips

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil

  • 8 (8 inch) pita bread rounds

  • 2 tomatoes, thinly sliced

  • 1 onion, thinly sliced

  • ½ bunch fresh mint leaves


  1. Whisk together the yogurt, vinegar, 1/4 cup of olive oil, lemon juice, garlic, cinnamon, nutmeg, oregano, and bay leaf in a bowl, and pour into a resealable plastic bag. Add the thinly sliced lamb, coat with the marinade, squeeze out excess air, and seal the bag. Marinate in the refrigerator 6 hours to overnight.

  2. Heat 2 tablespoons of olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Pour in the meat and marinade, and cook until the lamb is no longer pink, and is tender, 15 to 20 minutes. Stir frequently as the meat cooks. Divide the cooked lamb meat among the warmed pita breads, and garnish with tomatoes, onion, and fresh mint leaves to serve.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

665 Calories
26g Fat
71g Carbs
36g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 8
Calories 665
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 26g 33%
Saturated Fat 8g 42%
Cholesterol 80mg 27%
Sodium 707mg 31%
Total Carbohydrate 71g 26%
Dietary Fiber 3g 12%
Total Sugars 7g
Protein 36g
Vitamin C 11mg 54%
Calcium 238mg 18%
Iron 5mg 29%
Potassium 660mg 14%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.