How to Make Za’atar

Za’atar is a combination of a handful of different spices that packs a punch of flavor. Simply grind and put into a sealed container and sprinkle on almost anything!


Za’atar spice mix a staple in my pantry made the cut because of its versatility and also because I am addicted to it! I rub them on meat, toss them with sautéed vegetables and stir them into dips and dressings. It also makes for a great edible gift!


How to Make Za'atar
Recipe Type: Spices
Cuisine: Indian
  • ¼ cup Sumac
  • 2 tablespoons thyme (fresh leaves or dried)
  • 1 tablespoon sesame seeds (roasted)
  • 3 tablespoon Oregano (or do marjoram and oregano 50-50. I was out of marjoram so added only oregano)
  • 1 teaspoon Kosher salt
  • 1½ teaspoon Pink Himalayan Salt (personal preference. You can just substitute with Kosher Salt or Sea Salt).
  1. Bring all the ingredients together. Toss or stir with a spoon to blend it all together. I personally prefer coarsely grinding them with mortar and pestle.
  2. Transfer to a clean and dry airtight container. Use as required.
  3. Zatar can be used as spice rub on meat and vegetables. Tastes amazing when mixed with extra virgin olive oil as a dip. Can also be used to make dressings for salad.

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