Shawarma-Spiced Tofu Pita Wraps

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Squeezing the tofu to get rid of as much water as possible primes it to soak up oil, spices, and, in a word, flavor.

4 servings
Active Time
35 minutes
Total Time
45 minutes


    • 1/2 small red onion, thinly sliced
    • 3 Tbsp. seasoned rice vinegar
    • 1 (14-oz.) block firm or extra-firm tofu, drained
    • 3 Tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil
    • 2 tsp. ground coriander
    • 2 tsp. smoked Spanish paprika
    • 1/2 tsp. crushed red pepper flakes
    • 1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon
    • 1 tsp. kosher salt, plus more
    • 1/2 cup whole-milk Greek yogurt
    • 1 small garlic clove, finely grated
    • 4 pitas, warmed
    • 2 Persian or mini cucumbers, thinly sliced lengthwise
    • Mint leaves (for serving)


    1. Preheat oven to 425°F. Toss onion and vinegar in a small bowl to coat; set aside.
    2. Squeeze tofu over a medium bowl, gently at first, then more firmly to expel as much water as possible (like squeezing out a big sponge). Don’t worry if it starts to crack apart. When no more liquid comes out, tear tofu into 1" pieces. Arrange in a single layer on a large rimmed baking sheet. Toss with oil, then add coriander, paprika, red pepper flakes, cinnamon, and 1 tsp. salt. Toss well to coat. Roast tofu, turning once or twice, until crispy around the edges and well browned, 20–25 minutes.
    3. Stir yogurt and garlic in a small bowl; season with salt. Assemble by dividing yogurt among pitas, followed by tofu, cucumbers, drained pickled onion, and a handful of mint.

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