3-Ingredient Za'atar Spice Mix

What is it like? 

- Lemony sumac flavor

- Aroma of fresh thyme and toasted sesame seeds

za'atar recipe


In Palestine the herb that is used for the za’atar spice blend is known by the same name, za’atar, and it has a flavor most similar to oregano. However, like some other cooks, I prefer the mellower flavor of thyme. Below is my version of za'atar, but feel free to make it your own and substitute or add oregano, savory or marjoram.

2 tbsps toasted sesame seeds
1 tbsp fresh thyme leaves, finely chopped
1 tbsp sumac, or to taste
salt, to taste (optional)


Mix all of the ingredients together and store in an airtight container in the fridge.

If you like, other spices can be added to this mix, like cumin or black pepper. Have fun with it. When testing it, keep in mind that it’s a topping so it will taste strong unless it is paired with food.