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Za'atar, a blend of sumac, herbs, and sesame seeds, in a bowl.

Za’atar, the best of Levant

  • Author: Spice (Kate)
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 10 minutes
  • Yield: 1/2 cup, 16 servings 1x
  • Category: seasoning blend
  • Method: stovetop
  • Cuisine: Middle Eastern


Za’atar (pronounced “ZAH-tar”) is common throughout the Middle East but especially around the Levant region. It’s the sumac that makes this recipe special – a flavorful, tangy berry.


Units Scale

1/4 cup ground sumac

2 tablespoons sesame seeds

2 tablespoons dried thyme

2 tablespoons dried marjoram

2 tablespoons dried oregano

1 1/2 teaspoons salt


Roast the sesame seeds by heating a small skillet or nonstick pan to medium heat. Without adding oil, pour the seeds in and shake the pan around and/or stir with a wooden spoon until they are light brown and fragrant. Transfer them to a bowl and allow them to cool before adding the other ingredients.

Mix all the ingredients together and store in an airtight jar.

Keywords: seasoning, Middle Eastern, condiment, herbs

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