Easy Vegan Mushroom Shawarma Recipe

Shawarma, a popular middle eastern street food, gets a vegan makeover. These flavorful and easy to make vegan mushroom shawarma wraps are so close to the real thing that even meat lovers will devour them!

Mushroom shawarma wrap on a grey plate with hummus and topping on the side.
Easy Vegan Mushroom Shawarma Recipe

What is Shawarma

Shawarma is traditionally a meat dish from the Middle East and Mediterranean regions.

Seasoned thin cuts of meat are stacked and cooked on a rotating spit then sliced thinly. The thin slices of shawarma meat are piled onto flat bread, such as pita or lavash, then topped with tomatoes, cucumber, pickles, onions and a variety of sauces.

If shawarma rings a bell to you, well amigos, think tacos de trompo, aka tacos al pastor.

In fact, this cooking technique was introduced to Mexico by Lebanese immigrants.

Whereas tacos al pastor are made with pork meat, shawarma traditionally uses lamb, beef, veal, or chicken.

Raw oyster mushrooms in a rectangle ceramic bowl.
Oyster Mushrooms Shawarma

Vegan Mushroom Shawarma

Of course this vegan shawarma recipe made with mushrooms isn’t an authentic or traditional shawarma recipe. But it is delicious!

I’ve only ever eaten chicken shawarma but I do remember it was quite flavorful and I wanted to recreate that as close as possible.

When I cook my vegan shawarma I like to use oyster mushrooms. You may notice that I use them quite often in my recipes, and that’s because they’re the best replacement meats as far as mushrooms go. In my opinion.

Another favorite of mine are portobello mushrooms. They too lend a nice “meaty” taste and texture to many vegan dishes. But for this mushroom shawarma we’ll be using oyster mushrooms.

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Oyster mushrooms, shawarma seasoning, onion, garlic, olive oil, lemon and salt on a table. Ingredients to make mushroom shawarma wraps.
Mushroom Shawarma Wrap Ingredients

Ingredients Needed

Amigos I’m so excited to share this new recipe with you. My goal with this recipe was to make it as easiest as possible. So the recipe ingredients aren’t too many. I’ll link to the spice mixture below.

  • oyster mushrooms
  • shawarma spice mix (I use this brand)
  • onion (either white or red)
  • garlic clove
  • juice of a lemon
  • salt
  • olive oil
  • pita bread or lavash or other flat breads

Topping Ingredients

  • hummus
  • dill pickles
  • tomato
  • carrot
  • spinach
  • tahini
  • French fries as a side dish, if desired

Ingredient Variations

There are many variations to the ingredients. You can use only what I’ve listed or include any of the following as well.

  • red onion, as a topping
  • red cabbage, as a topping
  • pomegranate molasses, for topping
  • simple garlic yogurt sauce, for topping
Sautéing oyster mushrooms to make vegan mushroom shawarma.
How to Make Vegan Shawarma

What is Shawarma Spice Mixture

This incredibly aromatic mixture of spices is used to season shawarma meats, but of course can just as easily be used to make our vegan or vegetarian mushroom shawarma pitas.

The combination of these amazing aromatic spices come together to provide an exquisite flavor that gives shawarma it’s unique and delectable taste.

Common shawarma spices used include cumin, coriander, sweet or smoked paprika, cloves, cinnamon, onion powder, garlic powder and turmeric. They’re blended together for a perfect spice blend.

Another thing is that the mix of smoky spices I use does not have any heat so you could add some black pepper or any red chili powder you’d like. Or alternatively make your own using this recipe.

Sautéing oyster mushrooms to make vegan mushroom shawarma.
How to Make Vegan Shawarma

How to Make This Recipe

This is quite the easy recipe to make, it won’t take you long to cook it and have it on the table. You all know I’m all for simple recipes!

Step 1: Separate the oyster mushroom clusters and place them into a large mixing bowl.

Step 2: Season the mushroom with the shawarma spice mixture. Toss to coat the surface of the mushrooms as best as possible.

Step 3: Drizzle the olive oil over the bowl and mix to coat the mushrooms as much as possible. Let them sit while you prepare the toppings.

Step 4: Heat some olive oil in a large non-stick pan over medium-high heat. Add the seasoned mushrooms and cook until they have softened, shrunk in size and are a little crispy on the edges.

(You can put a large heavy pan on top of the mushrooms to use the weight of the pan to press them down to cook and brown.)

Sautéing oyster mushrooms to make vegan mushroom shawarma.
How to Make Vegan Shawarma

Step 5: Next push the cooked mushrooms to the edge and add the onion and garlic cloves to the hot pan. Sauté until soft.

Step 6: Season with a good pinch of salt then squeeze in some lemon juice. Mix to well combine and cook another few minutes.

Step 7: On warm pita bread, or flat bread of choice, spread some hummus then layer on the mushroom shawarma. Top with pickles, tomato, carrot, spinach, a drizzle of tahini sauce.

Sautéing oyster mushrooms to make vegan mushroom shawarma.

How to Serve

You can serve with French fries on the side and a salad or other fresh veggies if desired. It’s not the tritonal way but it sure is a tasty treat.

FAQ About Vegan Mushroom Shawarma

How to Warm Pitta Bread

You can cover it with damp paper towel and microwave for 20 seconds, or you can heat like a tortilla on direct heat on the stove.

How to Store

Store any leftovers in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 3 days.

Does Vegan Mushroom Shawarma Freeze Well

No, I really wouldn’t recommend freezing this dish because the mushrooms become soggy.

Easy Vegan Mushroom Shawarma Recipe

Easy Vegan Mushroom Shawarma Recipe

Nancy Lopez & MexicanMadeMeatless.com
Shawarma, a popular middle eastern street food, gets a vegan makeover. These flavorful and easy to make vegan mushroom shawarma wraps are so close to the real thing that even meat lovers will devour them!
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Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Course Main Course
Cuisine fusion, international
Servings 4 servings
Calories 326 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 1 lb. oyster mushrooms
  • 1 Tablespoon shawarma spice mix (I use this brand)
  • ¼ cup onion chopped (either white or red)
  • 3 whole garlic cloves minced
  • ½ lemon
  • 1 Teaspoon salt
  • 3 Tablespoons olive oil divided
  • 4 pita bread or lavash or other flat breads

Topping Ingredients

  • 4 Tablespoons hummus
  • dill pickles to taste
  • tomato slices to taste
  • shredded carrot to taste
  • baby spinach to taste
  • tahini to taste
  • French fries as a side dish if desired

Instructions
 

  • Separate the oyster mushroom clusters and place them into a large mixing bowl.
    Oyster mushrooms, shawarma seasoning, onion, garlic, olive oil, lemon and salt on a table. Ingredients to make mushroom shawarma wraps.
  • Season the mushroom with the shawarma spice mixture. Toss to coat the surface of the mushrooms as best as possible. Drizzle the olive oil over the bowl and mix to coat the mushrooms as much as possible. Let them sit while you prepare the toppings.
    Sautéing oyster mushrooms to make vegan mushroom shawarma.
  • Heat some olive oil in a large non-stick pan over medium-high heat. Add the seasoned mushrooms and cook until they have softened, shrunk in size and are a little crispy on the edges.
    Sautéing oyster mushrooms to make vegan mushroom shawarma.
  • Next push the cooked mushrooms to the edge and add the onion and garlic cloves to the hot pan. Sauté until soft. Season with a good pinch of salt then squeeze in some lemon juice. Mix to well combine and cook another few minutes.
    Sautéing oyster mushrooms to make vegan mushroom shawarma.
  • On warm pita bread, or flat bread of choice, spread some hummus then layer on the mushroom shawarma. Top with pickles, tomato, carrot, spinach, a drizzle of tahini sauce.
    Sautéing oyster mushrooms to make vegan mushroom shawarma.

Notes

(You can put a large heavy pan on top of the mushrooms to use the weight of the pan to press them down to cook and brown.)
Please notice that the toppings will effect the final nutritional amounts. 
 

Nutrition

Serving: 4servingsCalories: 326kcalCarbohydrates: 45gProtein: 11gFat: 13gSaturated Fat: 2gPolyunsaturated Fat: 2gMonounsaturated Fat: 8gSodium: 957mgPotassium: 658mgFiber: 7gSugar: 2gVitamin A: 125IUVitamin C: 8mgCalcium: 124mgIron: 4mg
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