Homemade Za'atar


This za'atar spice recipe is easy to make at home from scratch with just four ingredients and is a great substitute for store-bought. While in Lebanon wild thyme is used, regular thyme from the supermarket or your garden makes a fine substitute. Za'atar refers both to the thyme plant itself, as well as this spice mix.

Prep Time:
5 mins
Cook Time:
3 mins
Total Time:
8 mins
6 tablespoons


  • 3 tablespoons sesame seeds

  • 3 tablespoons fresh thyme leaves

  • 1 tablespoon sumac powder

  • ½ teaspoon salt


  1. Toast sesame seeds in a dry skillet over medium heat until just golden, about 3 to 5 minutes.

  2. Combine sesame seeds, thyme leaves, sumac, and salt in a bowl and stir until well combined.

Cook's Notes:

Za'atar spice mix can be stored in the refrigerator for up to 1 week.

For a simple and delicious way to use za'atar, sprinkle the spice mixture over a plate of labneh and drizzle with olive oil. Serve with pita bread as a dip.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

29 Calories
2g Fat
2g Carbs
1g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 6
Calories 29
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 2g 3%
Saturated Fat 0g 2%
Sodium 195mg 8%
Total Carbohydrate 2g 1%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Protein 1g
Vitamin C 2mg 10%
Calcium 60mg 5%
Iron 1mg 7%
Potassium 40mg 1%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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