Homemade gyro seasoning is the perfect blend of Greek herbs and spices to make authentic-tasting beef, lamb, chicken, or pork gyros. It’s easy to prepare and store for future use.
If you’ve never experienced the joy of gyros, you’re in for a treat!
Making your own gyro meat seasoning is the perfect way to infuse your cooking with a delicious Mediterranean flair! I wanted a blend that was bolder, more vibrant, and bursting with flavour and after experimenting with various ingredients and ratios, I cracked the code! Combining notable Greek flavours like parsley, oregano, thyme, and coriander, this seasoning adds a zesty flavour to your meat or veggies of choice. It’s quick, easy to make, and made from common pantry spices. You can prepare it in advance and store it for future gyro creations!
Ingredients you’ll need
The spices used in this gyro seasoning are all common spices, easy and cost-effective.
- Garlic powder: Garlic flavouring is a MUST in a lot of seasonings.
- Parsley: Dried parsley is a great Greek herb.
- Paprika: Make sure to use sweet paprika not smoked.
- Cayenne pepper: Gives the seasoning a little kick then add more if you want it spicer.
- Oregano: A traditional Greek herb.
- Thyme: Thyme has a distinct delicious flavour.
- Cumin: Adds a smoky taste. Ground cumin is convenient, but you can also grind whole seeds in a pestle and mortar for optimal flavour.
- Coriander: The dried seeds of cilantro are coriander!
- Lemon pepper: Adds lemony spice. Substitute with 1 tablespoon of lemon juice for 1kg/ 2 lbs of meat mixture if needed.
- Salt + pepper: The essential duo, to enhance the flavour of the seasoning!
Complete list of ingredients and amounts is located on the recipe card below.
How go make gyros seasoning
Combine spices and mix: In a small bowl combine all your ingredients then whisk until blended.
Store in a container: Pour into a spice jar and use within 6 months.
How to use gyro easoning
This greek gyro seasoning is a fantastic all-purpose spice blend that will add a Mediterranean flavour twist to a wide variety of foods. Here are just a few ways you can use it:
- Seasoning and marinating meats: Perfect for marinating and seasoning chicken, pork, beef, lamb, or seafood before roasting, grilling, baking, or frying. Also great for Greek-flavoured meatballs. Aim for about 2 tablespoons of this blend per half a kilogram or pound of meat.
- Salad dressing: Mix with olive oil, lemon juice, and a dash of vinegar for a zesty salad dressing to drizzle over Greek salads, feta cheese, veggies, or olives.
- Roasted vegetables: Toss your favourite veggies like potatoes, carrots, zucchini, capsicum (bell peppers), and eggplant with this seasoning and olive oil, then roast them in the oven.
- Soups and stews: Enhance the flavour of soups and stews, especially tomato-based and bean soups, by adding 1-2 teaspoons of this blend.
- Grains and legumes: Elevate rice, quinoa, lentils, and beans by incorporating this seasoning during cooking.
- Dips and spreads: Mix into Greek yoghurt or sour cream for a delectable dip, ideal for veggies, pita bread, or as a topping for grilled meats. Adjust the quantity to match your taste preferences, start with a teaspoon and add more as desired.
How to store
Store your seasoning in a cool, dry place; it will stay fresh for up to 6 months. I always keep mine in an airtight container or jar and label it with the date so I know when I made it.
Gyros is a Greek dish with thinly sliced , seasoned beef, lamb, chicken, or pork cooked on a vertical rotisserie spit. The meat is shaved off and served in pita bread with tzatziki sauce, feta cheese, lettuce, sliced tomatoes, and onions.
“Gyro” is pronounced like “Yee-ro”, and the plural “Gyros” is pronounced “Yee-ros.”
More seasoning blends to try
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Homemade Gyro seasoning is the perfect blend of greek herbs and spices to make authentic-tasting beef, lamb, chicken pork gyros. It’s easy to prepare and store for future use.
- 1 tablespoon ground coriander
- 1 tablespoon ground cumin
- 2 teaspoons paprika
- 2 teaspoons garlic powder
- 1 tablespoon dried parsley
- 2 teaspoons dried oregano
- 2 teaspoons dried thyme
- ¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper
- 1 ½ teaspoons lemon pepper
- ½ teaspoon black pepper
- In a small bowl combine all your ingredients then whisk until blended.
- Pour into a spice jar and use within 6 months.
- Store at room temperature in a day place for up to 6 months.
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