Shawarma Sauce

Shawarma Sauce Recipe

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Hello, lovely readers! Today, I’m thrilled to share a recipe that’s become a staple in my kitchen—Homemade Shawarma Sauce. If you’ve ever traveled to the Middle East or simply enjoyed a shawarma wrap at your local eatery, you know how essential a good sauce is to the overall experience. This creamy, tangy, and slightly spicy sauce can elevate any dish, bringing a burst of flavor that’s simply irresistible.

I first encountered shawarma sauce during a family trip to New York City. We were wandering through the bustling streets when we stumbled upon a small, unassuming food cart. The aroma was intoxicating, and we couldn’t resist. One bite into that shawarma wrap, and I was hooked. The sauce was the star of the show—garlicky, creamy, with a hint of lemon that made every bite a delight. I knew I had to recreate it at home.

Back in my kitchen, I experimented with different ingredients and proportions until I landed on this recipe. The combination of mayonnaise, Greek yogurt, and extra virgin olive oil gives the sauce a rich, creamy base. Freshly squeezed lemon juice adds a tangy brightness, while za’atar and dried oregano bring in that quintessential Middle Eastern flavor. The garlic, of course, ties everything together with its robust, aromatic punch.

One of the things I love most about this shawarma sauce is its versatility. It’s not just for shawarma! I’ve used it as a dip for veggies, a spread on sandwiches and burgers, and even drizzled over salads. You can tweak the recipe to suit your taste—add more oregano for an earthier flavor, or a bit more lemon juice if you like it tangier. If you’re feeling adventurous, try mixing in a dash of smoked paprika or cayenne pepper for an extra kick.

I hope you enjoy making and savoring this shawarma sauce as much as I do. It’s a simple yet transformative addition to your culinary repertoire. Happy cooking!

How to Make Shawarma Sauce


  • 3 cloves garlic, peeled
  • ¾ cup full-fat mayonnaise
  • 2 tablespoons plain Greek yogurt
  • 2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • ½ teaspoon za’atar spice blend
  • 1/8 teaspoon dried oregano flakes, adjust to taste


  1. Crush the garlic cloves into a smooth paste using a mortar and pestle.
  2. In a small mixing bowl, combine the garlic paste, mayonnaise, Greek yogurt, lemon juice, olive oil, za’atar, and oregano flakes. Stir until well mixed.
  3. This sauce can be used for kebabs, salads, pizzas, sandwiches, burgers, or as a dip.
  4. Keep in an airtight container in the refrigerator and consume within 5-7 days.

Making Shawarma Sauce


Can I use a different type of yogurt for this Shawarma Sauce?

Yes, you can use plain yogurt instead of Greek yogurt. However, Greek yogurt gives a thicker consistency which many people prefer. If you use regular plain yogurt, the sauce might be a bit runnier, so you may want to adjust the quantity slightly.

What can I substitute for za’atar if I don’t have it?

If you don’t have za’atar, you can make a quick substitute by mixing sesame seeds, thyme, sumac, and salt. Alternatively, you can use a mix of oregano and thyme, though it won’t have the exact same flavor profile.

How should I store the Shawarma Sauce and how long will it last?

Store the Shawarma Sauce in a sealed airtight container in the refrigerator. It should be consumed within 5-7 days for the best taste and safety.

Is there a low-calorie version of this Shawarma Sauce?

To make a lower-calorie version, you can use light mayonnaise and Greek yogurt. This will reduce the overall calorie count while still maintaining a good texture and flavor.

Can this Shawarma Sauce be used as a marinade?

Yes, this Shawarma Sauce can also be used as a marinade for meats like chicken or beef. Simply coat the meat in the sauce and let it marinate in the fridge for a few hours before cooking to infuse it with flavor.

What dishes pair well with Shawarma Sauce?

Shawarma Sauce pairs wonderfully with a variety of dishes including kebabs, salads, pizzas, sandwiches, and burgers. It’s also excellent as a dip for fresh vegetables or pita bread.

Shawarma Sauce Recipe

Shawarma Sauce

Make your meals unforgettable with this versatile shawarma sauce, ideal as a dip, spread, or dressing for a variety of dishes.
Prep Time 8 minutes
Cook Time 0 minutes
Total Time 8 minutes
Course Sauce
Cuisine Libanon
Servings 12


  • 3 garlic cloves peeled
  • ¾ cup mayonnaise full-fat works best
  • 2 tbsp plain Greek yogurt or plain yogurt
  • 2 tsp freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil or olive oil
  • ½ tsp za’atar spice blend store-bought or homemade
  • 1/8 tsp dried oregano flakes a small sprinkle, more or less to taste


  • Using a mortar and pestle, smash the garlic cloves into a smooth paste.
  • In a small bowl, combine the garlic paste, mayonnaise, Greek yogurt, lemon juice, extra virgin olive oil, za’atar, and dried oregano flakes. Mix until evenly combined.
  • Use this garlic sauce for kebabs, salads, pizzas, sandwiches, burgers, or as a dip.
  • Store in a sealed airtight container in the fridge and consume within 5-7 days.
Keyword Dip, Shawarma

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