How to make Nigerian Shawarma – RECIPE BY WOVEN BLENDS

How to make Nigerian Shawarma – RECIPE BY WOVEN BLENDS

Foodies get in here! The long weekend is upon us (public holiday on Monda) Yassssss!!! After catching up on sleep the next big thing is good food right? I mean, what else would make the public holiday great if not food?

You don’t need to head out to your favourite shawarma spot this weekend  because we’ve got you covered! Our girl Woven Blends has a bomb Nigerian Shawarma recipe so you can chill and make one from the comfort of your home. Great right?

Without further ado, checkout the recipe below.


If you are on a budget like me, skirt steak works just fine. More times than not, lamb is the to go meat for this popular dish. However, the way my bank account is set up right now, I downgraded to a cheaper option that works just fine. This skirt steak was on sale at my local whole foods market, so I decided why not.

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In addition to beef, you will need some ketchup and mayo. This is what makes the shawarma so moist and juicy in addition to all the seasonings you use for the beef. The ratio of ketchup to mayonnaise can either make or break your outcome and it took me a while to realize this. I think I have finally nailed it.


I find that the easiest way to do this at home, is to grill the beef and then sautee it after with the cabbage, carrots and mayo mix. Remember that your vegetables are NEVER ever cooked. Place your meat, veggies and sauce combination on some flat bread and roll it into a wrap.

Ps: I buy my flatbread from Nigeria and have family bring it in for me. I found a lebanese flat bread at my local farmers market. It looked pretty close to what I am use to, so I decided to try it. However, the taste was nothing close to what we use back home. It was not bad, it just was not what I am use to.



In order to get that finish touch of street shawarma, grilling is an important stage of the process and you do not need any high tech equipments. All you need it your regular sandwich or panini grill you use at home. It does the job just fine.

So for this recipe, you will need

Shawarma Flat bread

1/2 lb skirt steak






Black Pepper

Curry Powder


Season steak with salt, black pepper, curry and any other spices you desire

Grill steak on outdoor/indoor grill till done. If you do not have a grill, you can use the method I used for my homemade bbq here

When steak is done, cut it in thin strips

Cut cabbage and carrots and add into steak

In a bowl, mix a 50/50 amount of ketchup and mayonnaise, then add it into steak and veggie mixture

Combine all together and place on shawarma bread.

Roll bread into wrap and grill in panini press.

Enjoy shawarma alone or with some chips and other sides. You can also find my older recipe for shawarma here

Hi, I'm Ajemina. The Editor-In-Chief of Naija Fashion Daily.

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