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Za'atar Substitute Spice Blend

A staple in the Middle Eastern kitchen, zaatar is a spice mix used to flavor food.
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time2 mins
Total Time7 mins
Course: Appetizers, Snacks
Cuisine: Assyrian, Middle Eastern
Servings: 13 servings
Calories: 26kcal


  • ¼ cup sesame seeds
  • ¼ cup sumac
  • 3 tablespoon ground thyme
  • 1 tablespoon dried marjoram
  • 1 tablespoon dried oregano
  • ½ teaspoon sea salt


  •  To start, toast sesame seeds in a pan until fragrant and their color starts to change. Be careful not to burn them. Once toasted, remove the pan from heat and allow the sesame seeds to cool.
  • Meanwhile, measure out the other recipe ingredients (sumac, thyme, marjoram, oregano, and sea salt). Once the sesame seeds have cooled off, mix all the ingredients together.
  • Pour the spice mixture into a spice jar and store for up to three months. Using a funnel makes this task a little easier!


  • Making Zaatar in smaller quantities is better than making large batches. If you do make a larger batch, store the extra spice blend in ziplock bags in the freezer until needed.
  • Need more ways to use Za'atar? Check out my Roasted Pumpkin Seeds


Serving: 1tablespoon | Calories: 26kcal | Carbohydrates: 2g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 0g | Cholesterol: 0mg | Sodium: 253mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 0g