Amazing Mutton Shawarma Recipe

Mutton Shawarma is a fun recipe and just as amazing as the name implies. It first hit the world’s timeline in the country of Turkey in the 18th or 19th century. The name means rotating grilled meat and was named this because the meat was traditionally cooked over a spit.

Meats such as mutton, chicken and beef have all been used to make Shawarma, but we have chosen mutton as our choice of meat. Greece quickly adopted the recipe and introduced it to their locals as gyros. The recipe next stepped up its world tour and hit the Middle East taking root and popularity as Shawarma.

Mutton Shawarma is a fun recipe and just as amazing as the name implies.No matter what you call it, this dish has it all in taste and satisfaction. It is fantastic. It is healthy and it is portable. It is traditional and it is trendy. Shawarma gives a new vibe to traditional lunchtime favourites. It takes on many tastes and textures as different ingredients and flavour combinations are explored. Everyone has their own personal favourite taste and blend of ingredients but we prefer the recipe below. Spices explode in this recipe and blend perfectly with the taste and texture of the mutton.

Everyone has their own favourite cut of mutton. Recipes differ and truth be told, many cuts of mutton can be used, each one just as tasty as the next. The choice of cut will determine the cooking time. Many cooks prepare their Shawarma with the meat from the leg portion of the mutton and it is fantastic yet takes a longer time to cook to get the meat tender and juicy.

We have chosen the mutton shoulder for this recipe as it is a tender section that explodes with flavour. Each bite is pure perfection and the journey of the meal is an experience to remember. Make it for the family or for your next get together with friends. This hip and quick dinner offer a new culinary vibe to an old traditional classic.

Originally, this meat would be prepared on a spit over the fire and would be cooked for many hours, but we have modernized our recipe a bit and made it more convenient for today’s working kitchen. Our recipe takes no time at all to prepare and the mutton comes out tender and delicious- perfect for dining in or dinner on the go during the week or for a special weekend cookout.

Today’s family is a busy family and it is wonderful to find a tasty and healthy recipe that will fit into our busy lifestyle plus give us the taste of traditional home-cooking. This recipe answers the call and is simply amazing from the first bite to the last. Once you make this recipe your family will want it again and again.




  • 2kg of mutton shoulder, boneless and cut into strips ¼ inch thick
  • ½ cup plain unflavored yoghurt
  • 3 tbs. lemon juice (fresh is best)
  • 1 tbs. white vinegar
  • ¼ cup water
  • ½ cup onion, chopped
  • ½ tsp. ground cumin
  • 2 cloves minced garlic
  • ¼ tsp. ground nutmeg
  • 1/8 tsp. ground cloves
  • 1 tsp. cayenne pepper
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 tbs. oil


  1. To mix the marinade: Take out a large mixing bowl and combine the yoghurt, lemon juice, vinegar, water, garlic and oil. Stir well.
  2. Whisk in the cumin, nutmeg, cloves, and cayenne pepper. Mix together well.
  3. Add salt and pepper to taste.
  4. Place the mutton shoulder strips in the marinade. Coat well on all sides.
  5. Leave the strips in the bowl with the liquid mixture, cover and place in the refrigerator for 12-24 hours.
  6. When the marinade time is done, take the meat out of the refrigerator and allow to sit out for about 15 minutes before cooking. This allows the meat to absorb as much of the marinade as it is going to and helps to ensure a tender meat.
  7. Place a large skillet over high heat. Place the mutton strips in the pan in a single layer. You may need to cook the meat in batches. Cook until the meat is brown on the inside and not pink. This will take about 5 minutes. Turn your mutton occasionally.

Serve warm atop some healthy flatbread with a savoury sauce of your choice. Add some tasty greens and other cut vegetables to make a sandwich everyone will love! Serve with a Mediterranean salad of mixed greens on the side for a delicious supper any night of the week.