Za’atar Spice Mix

Za'atar Spice Mix

Za’atar is a tasty spice mix commonly used in Middle Eastern cooking. We used to eat it, mixed with some olive oil into a paste, and spread on dough to make a type of pizza, manakeesh. It’s also great sprinkled on eggs, various vegetables, and as a spice rub for meat.

The term za’atar can mean a herb from the family that includes thyme, oregano and savoury. It is also the name of a spice mix, shown here, when thyme is mixed with sumac and sesame seeds. Tasty!Za'atar Spice Mix

Za'atar Spice Mix
Recipe type: Condiment
Cuisine: Middle Eastern
Serves: ¾ cup
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Makes ¾ cup
  • ¼ cup dried thyme
  • ¼ cup sumac
  • ¼ cup sesame seeds
  • Optional: a few teaspoons of ground cumin, marjoram, or oregano
  1. Mix all ingredients together in a small bowl.
  2. Store in an airtight jar until ready to use.

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  1. Cristina @ I Say Nomato says:

    I’ve never heard of this spice mix before, but I’m going to have to try it now! Sounds completely delicious. On pizza-like food you say? I’m definitely in! Thanks for sharing with the Wednesday Showcase! Pinning this one!

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