Za’atar is a Middle Eastern spice blend that typically includes a combination of dried thyme, oregano, marjoram, and toasted sesame seeds. The blend can also include other ingredients such as sumac, which gives it a lemony flavor, or other herbs, spices and seeds.
The name “Za’atar” also refers to an herb that is found in the Middle East that is similar to thyme and is sometimes used in the blend.


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Za’atar is commonly used as a seasoning for meats, vegetables, and bread. It is also used as an ingredient in dips such as labneh or hummus.


  • 2 tablespoons ground sumac

  • 2 tablespoons dried thyme

  • 1 tablespoon sesame seeds

  • 1 teaspoon salt

  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin

  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper

  • 1/4 teaspoon ground red pepper flakes (optional)


  • In a small bowl, combine all ingredients and mix well.
  • Store in an airtight container in a cool, dry place for up to 6 months.
  • To use, sprinkle on bread or use as a seasoning for meat, vegetables, or dips.

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