Za’atar Spice Blend

I’m having a minute with za’atar, a traditional Middle Eastern spices. Za’atar is a distinct mix of natural, earthy, mouthwatering, appetizing and salted tastes.

Za’atar has actually been delighted in for centuries on the other side of the world, yet it has actually acquired appeal in the U.S. over the previous 5 years approximately. To be sincere, I didn’t comprehend the hassle when I tested a za’atar mix from Trader Joe’s a number of years back. However then …

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Whatever altered when za’atar arrived on our table at Shaya in New Orleans. They just blended their home mix of za’atar with olive oil and served it with crusty bread, for dipping. I fell for za’atar that night, and could not stop returning for more.

This dish is my finest effort at recreating the tastes in Shaya’s dish, and I believe it’s quite close. Za’atar is flexible and matches numerous mouthwatering meals you’ll discover all of my ideas listed below.

za'atar mixed with olive oil

Za’atar Active Ingredients

Za’atar dishes differ substantially from location to location and house to house (some are well-guarded household tricks). Za’atar’s origins are interesting, and likewise complicated and inconsistent. You can check out it here.

Za’atar is called “brain food” for its antioxidant and medical homes. This za’atar dish is made with a number of active ingredients that you most likely have in your cooking area currently! The one exception is sumac, however hear me out, it deserves purchasing.

Here’s what you’ll require:

Dried Oregano

Ideally a Greek or Turkish range, instead of Mexican.


Sumac is among my preferred spices. It’s intense, pinkish red, and has an alluring tart, practically lemony taste. You can spray sumac on hummus, and it’s likewise tempting on watermelon and cucumber with some flaky salt (the mix advises me of Tajín spices). I purchase sumac on Amazon (affiliate link).

Sesame Seeds

You will not discover sesame seeds in every za’atar dish, however I do not desire za’atar without them! They end up being additional mouthwatering and tasty when toasted.


If you do not have marjoram, you can change it with more oregano (they’re cousins).


Thyme complete the natural tastes of oregano and marjoram.

za'atar on pita bread

Utilizes for Za’atar

  • Mix za’atar with olive oil and spread it over pita bread (or pita dough) prior to baking. This is called male’ oushe. I do not have my own pita dough dish yet, however I utilized my go-to pizza dough divided to make 4 rounds, and it worked well.
  • Or, serve bowls of za’atar blended with olive oil and crusty bread, for dipping.
  • Mix it with olive oil and sprinkle it over labneh, thick yogurt (plain Greek or Siggi’s), hummus or baba ganoush. Serve it with pita wedges or raw veggies.
  • Roll extra-thick rounds of labneh or a log of goat cheese in the dry spice mix. Serve it as an appetiser with pita wedges, crackers or crisp, raw veggies.
  • Utilize the olive oil mix as a marinade, or the plain spice mix as a dry rub. Za’atar would be terrific on grilled veggies and kebabs.
  • Include za’atar in a salad, like Bon Appetit finishes with their tomato and pita crisp salad. See listed below for accompaniments.

Za’atar Complements …

  • Cauliflower
  • Cucumber
  • Dairy: Feta, goat cheese, labneh and yogurt
  • Eggplant
  • Fennel
  • Fresh leafy herbs (parsley, mint and cilantro)
  • Lemon or lime
  • Pistachios
  • Pita bread
  • Potatoes
  • Olive oil and olives
  • Quinoa and rice
  • Tomato

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Love za’atar? Here are a couple of more of my preferred Middle Eastern dishes:

  • Baba Ganoush: Smoky and tempting eggplant and tahini dip.
  • Dukkah: Egyptian nut and spice mix.
  • Fattoush Salad with Mint Dressing: Fresh green salad with pita bread as “croutons.”
  • Hummus: Seriously the most velvety hummus you’ll ever have.
  • Mujaddara: Lentils and rice with caramelized onions on top.
  • Shatta: Thick green hot sauce made with jalapeño, parsley, cilantro and walnuts.
  • Tabbouleh: Bulgur salad with loads of fresh parsley.
  • Tzatziki: Creamy, appetizing, herbed cucumber and yogurt sauce.

Please let me understand how your za’atar dish ends up in the remarks! I can’t wait to speak with you.

zaatar spice blend on labneh or yogurt

Za’atar Spice Blend

  • Author: Cookie and Kate
  • Preparation Time: 3 minutes
  • Prepare Time: 5 minutes
  • Overall Time: 8 minutes
  • Yield: 1/2 cup 1 x
  • Classification: Dressing
  • Approach: Stirred
  • Food: Middle Eastern

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Find out how to make za’atar, the traditional Middle Eastern spices, with this easy dish. You’ll require dried oregano, sumac, sesame seeds, marjoram (optional) and thyme. Dish yields 1/2 cup and keeps for approximately 1 month.

Active Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons dried oregano, ideally Greek or Turkish
  • 2 tablespoons sumac
  • 2 tablespoons sesame seeds
  • 1 tablespoon dried marjoram or extra oregano
  • 1 tablespoon dried thyme
  • 1 teaspoon great sea salt


  1. Just integrate all of the active ingredients in a bowl or container, and stir to integrate.
  2. For boosted taste, warm the spices together in a medium frying pan over medium heat, till aromatic and the sesame seeds are beginning to turn golden. Eliminate from the heat and transfer to a bowl to cool. (Avoid this action if you will be baking your za’atar on pita bread, which basically does the very same thing.)
  3. Shop za’atar in an air-tight container at space temperature level for approximately 1 month.


Dish approximately adjusted from Zaitoun by Yasmin Khan.

Serving ideas: Mix za’atar with olive oil and spread it over pita bread (or pita dough) prior to baking. Mix it with olive oil and sprinkle it over labneh, Greek yogurt or hummus. Roll extra-thick rounds of labneh or a log of goat cheese in the dry spice mix. Utilize the olive oil mix as a marinade, or the plain spice mix as a dry rub.

Olive oil ratio: 2 parts za’atar to one part olive oil will yield a thick, spreadable consistency. Equal parts yields a drizzly sauce.

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