Beef Shawarma with Turmeric Tahini Dressing

Here’s a Cedar Valley Selections twist on a well-known Lebanese recipe: Beef Shawarma! A popular Lebanese street food option, this recipe is a healthy, quick, and delicious way to make it at home. We’ve got both Instant Pot and stove top directions to keep you covered, no matter what tools you’ve got at home!

Shawarma is traditionally made with meat that is spit-roasted, with the fat drippings from the meat getting drizzled back onto the meat as it is continuously cooked. This can make the beef or chicken cooked in this method have a slightly higher fat and calorie content than the health-conscious foodie might like. As an alternative, we’ve created a Beef Shawarma recipe using the Instant Pot that allows you to infuse the flavour into the meat without all of the extra fat! 

Beef Shawarma Meat Recipe2 lbs thinly sliced beef (inside round)
1/4 cup Cedar Valley Selections Tahini Turmeric Dressing
2 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil
1 small onion, sliced thinly
2 Tbsp paprika
1 Tbsp allspice
1 Tbsp granulated garlic
2 tsp cumin
1 tsp turmeric
1 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp ground ginger
1/8 tsp cayenne

Wrap Ingredients-onions
-pickled turnips
-garlic sauce (if available)
-traditional Lebanese Pita
-Tahini Turmeric dressing

Instant-Pot directions:

  1. In a medium sized bowl, mix beef with Tahini Turmeric dressing. 
  2. Set the Instant Pot to sauté mode and sauté your onions in olive oil until translucent, stirring frequently. 
  3. Add beef and spices to the Instant Pot, stir, and continue to sauté for another 3-5 minutes. 
  4. Add 1/2 cup water or beef broth. Close Instant pot, seal, and set to pressure cook on high for 10 minutes. 
  5. Use the Quick Release feature when timer is done and serve on pita with your favourite  wrap ingredients. Add a drizzle of Tahini Turmeric dressing to finish off the wrap!
  6. Enjoy with your family for a fun and slightly messy dinner!

Conventional Stove Top:

  1. In a medium sized bowl, mix beef with Tahini Turmeric dressing. 
  2. In a Dutch oven or medium pot, pour 2 Tbsp olive oil and sauté onion until translucent. 
  3. Add beef and cook for another 3-5 minutes. 
  4. Stir in spices, and 1/2 cup water or beef broth. Bring to boil then cover and simmer for 1-2 hours. Add more liquid as needed.
  5. Serve beef on pita with wrap ingredients.
  6. Enjoy with some tasty sides!

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