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Homemade Za'atar Recipe
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5 from 4 votes

Homemade Za'atar Recipe

Making your own Za'atar is a great way to get to know this spice better. It's easy to do, and the results are delicious. Za'atar is a blend of thyme, oregano, sesame seeds, sumac, salt and pepper.
Prep Time3 minutes
Cook Time2 minutes
Course: Spices
Cuisine: Mediterranean
Servings: 1 Jar
Calories: 416kcal
Author: Elle John


  • ¼ cup dried thyme
  • ¼ cup dried oregano or fresh oregano
  • ¼ cup toasted sesame seeds
  • 1 tablespoon ground sumac
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • ½ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • ½ teaspoon paprika optional


  • Combine all ingredients in a bowl and mix well.
  • Store in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 6 months.
  • To use, sprinkle on grilled meats or vegetables, or mix with olive oil to make a dip for bread.


  1. Za'atar is also a great dip for breads and can be used in place of salt on grilled meats.
  2. Add 1 tablespoon of Za'atar to your next marinade for a Middle Eastern flair.
  3. Got leftovers? Za'atar makes a delicious addition to salads or rice dishes.
  4. If you want to ground them fine use a spice grinder.


Calories: 416kcal | Carbohydrates: 56g | Protein: 13g | Fat: 24g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 9g | Monounsaturated Fat: 7g | Sodium: 2366mg | Potassium: 843mg | Fiber: 32g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 2544IU | Vitamin C: 33mg | Calcium: 1687mg | Iron: 83mg