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Homemade Za'atar Spice Mix

za'atar homemade spice blend

Za'atar is a classic Middle Eastern spice blend that is both tangy and refreshing. Za'atar is generally made from sumac, thyme, roasted sesame seeds, and sea salt. While many of za'atar's ingredients are found throughout Mediterranean cuisine, it’s a staple in the Middle East.  

The best thing about za'atar is how incredibly versatile it is. You can use za'atar to brighten up simple salads, yogurts or sprinkle it on meat. Toss it with some nuts and roast them and you have a healthy alternative to the more common salted nuts found on coffee tables everywhere. You can even just mix za'atar with some olive oil and have the perfect dip for bread. It really doesn’t matter what you are making, you can find a way to incorporate za'atar and revive any old recipe!  

Try it on Jamie's Za'atar Spiced Chickpeas, served atop creamy hummus. 

Get our favorite premade Za'atar on Amazon, Jamie Geller Za'atar

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  • 1/4 cupServings


  • 1 tablespoon sumac
  • 1 tablespoon dry thyme
  • 1 tablespoon roasted sesame seeds
  • 1 tablespoon sea salt
  • 2 teaspoon oregano or marjoram


Combine all the spices. Store in a sealed jar in a cool dry place for six months.