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Homemade Za'atar

Rated as 5 out of 5 Stars

"This za'atar spice recipe is easy to make at home from scratch with just four ingredients. 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."
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8 m servings 29
Original recipe yields 6 servings (6 tablespoons)


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  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; 2.3 1.8 1 0 195 Full nutrition

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I keep a batch in the fridge to put in various Middle Eastern dishes. When I ran out, I bought a bottle from a spice shop. This recipe is much better. My experience has been that it lasts m...

Easy, delicious. Followed the ingredients exactly. Served with a side of baked acorn squash. Wow!!