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Grab a napkin because this vegan shawarma is easy to make, ridiculously tasty, completely addictive and 100% carnivore-approved. This is one of my favourite recipes – it even appeared in the Kindness Community Vegan Cookbook with my favourite charity Edgar’s Mission.

Like my Vegan Sabich Sandwich and my Vegan Mushroom Reuben Sandwich creating a vegan shawarma is simple, all you need is a little imagination… and a few cans of young jackfruit. I am telling you, this recipe couldn’t be simpler.

This recipe was first published on September 2, 2019 and updated with ingredient profiles, process images and frequently asked questions on October 8, 2021.

Roast jackfruit and chickpe

Why We Love This Vegan Shawarma

Cooking vegan food for non-vegans can be challenging but this dish is something everyone can sink their teeth into. It’s:

  • Packed with flavour
  • Simple to make
  • Naturally gluten-free – serve with rice or gluten-free pitas for the wrap version
  • Abundant! Served on rice or in a wrap, this recipe can feed 6
  • Cheap to make
  • Carnivore-approved – this is such a tasty, moorish dish even your non-vegan friends will love it.

What is Shawarma?

Shawarma is my new favourite word, that’s what it is!

“Sha-War-Ma”. Such a great word. But if you want the real lowdown…

Shawarma is a Middle Eastern dish made from meat that is marinated in aromatic spices, lemon and garlic.

Stacked in to a cone shape and cooked on a vertical skewer the meat is then cut in to thin slices and served on a warm pita with fresh tomatoes, pickles and tahini or hummus.

While traditionally made from meat – lamb, beef or chicken – a mouthwatering vegan shawarma is easy. Just combine some trusty jackfruit with some aromatic spices. The smell when cooking this dish is incredible! 

I can’t wait for you to try it.

What You’ll Need | Ingredients

Traditionally shawarma is served as a sandwich or wrap in a flatbread but you can also serve it with rice. For the “shawarma” you’ll just need some pantry ingredients.

Labelled ingredients in bowls on a grey surface.

Aromatics: cumin, paprika, cinnamon, pepper, garlic.

Young jackfruit: Make sure to buy canned young jackfruit in brine. You can find it in most supermarkets these days.

Cooked chickpeas: Cooked from scratch or simply canned chickpeas work here.

Pickled vegetables: I love plain pickled cucumber but you can any pickled vegetable you like.

How To Make Shawarma

You’ll find full instructions and measurements in the recipe card at the bottom of the post.

Step 1: Slice or shred the jackfruit and add it to a large bowl with the chickpeas. Add a handful of spices, lemon, garlic, parsley and red onion.

Ingredients mixed together in a bowl with a wooden spoon.

Step 2: After letting the mixture sit for a few hours to mingle and marinate, spread it all out on a tray and roast it in the oven.

Roasted jackfruit and chickpeas on a roasting tray.

Step 3: (Optional) To make the lemon tahini sauce, just throw all the ingredients (provided in the recipe card below) in a blender with some water. Simples!

That’s it! Once it comes out of the oven you can go ahead and serve it on a warm pita with fresh tomatoes, pickles and lettuce or with rice.

Roasted chickpeas and jackfruit on a tray.

Recipe Shortcuts & Tips

  1. While you’ll get more flavour if you marinate the shawarma for a few hours before roasting, you can roast it straight after mixing it.
  2. For lighter work, nix the the lemon tahini sauce and add a good dollop of hummus to your plate or pita.
  3. Mix the shawarma mixture in the morning so you can pop it in the oven after work.

Recipe FAQ’s

Can I make shawarma ahead?

Yup! You can mix the shawarma the day before and leave it in the fridge to marinate before roasting the next day.

How long will it keep?

Kept in a sealed container, vegan shawarma will keep in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.

Does it freeze?

It does! After roasting, allow the sharwarma to cool completely before storing it in a freezer-proof container in the freezer for up to 3 months. Thaw it in the fridge for 24 hours before reheating on the stove top to serve.

More sandwich and burger inspiration:

Resources: Morsel By Plated | Wikipedia |

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A plate of jackfruit meat on a pita bread

Vegan Shawarma

Grab a napkin because this Vegan Shawarma made with roasted jackfruit is wonderfully messy, completely addictive and 100% carnivore-approved.

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Course: Lunch | Main

Cuisine: Middle Eastern

Diet: Gluten Free | Vegan

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 40 minutes

Marinating Time: 2 hours

Total Time: 2 hours 50 minutes

Servings: 6

Calories: 243kcal

Ingredients 

Instructions

  • Strain the brine from two cans of young jackfruit. Thinly slice each triangle lengthways and pop them in a large bowl.

  • Add the chickpeas and the remaining shawarma “meat” ingredients and stir to combine. Cover with a clean cloth or cling film and refrigerate for at least 2 hours or overnight.

  • Preheat oven to 190 degrees C (375 degrees F).

  • While the oven is heating, remove the marinated jackfruit from the fridge and spread it out over a roasting pan or tray.

  • Place the tray in the oven and roast for 35-40 minutes or until some of the jackfruit edges are slightly charred. Remove from the oven when roasted.

  • While the jackfruit is roasting, add the lemon tahini sauce ingredients to a blender and blend until smooth. Add more water if needed to thin out. Transfer to a jar.

  • To serve the vegan shawarma, warm a pita gently on a dry pan over medium heat for a minute or two, turning halfway through. Remove from the heat and lay the pita on a plate or board and smear with a good dollop of hummus. Add the sliced lettuce and tomato followed by a good handful of the roast jackfruit and chickpea mixture. Add pickles – if you’re adding them – and drizzle with a little lemon tahini sauce.

  • Fold the bottom of the pita up and then roll from the side to make a wrap. Grab and napkin and dig in!

Notes

The nutritional breakdown is for the jackfruit and chickpea shawarma mix only as flatbreads vary so much in size and calories. You can also choose your fillings as you like or simply serve with rice. 
Assuming 6 servings.

Nutrition

Calories: 243kcal | Carbohydrates: 36g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 11g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 587mg | Potassium: 261mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 248IU | Vitamin C: 14mg | Calcium: 85mg | Iron: 2mg

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