An authentic Za’atar Spice Recipe, a Middle Eastern spice blend that can be used in a multitude of ways. Use this as a rub for chicken, beef, lamb or fish, sprinkle it over hummus, Labneh or baba ganoush! Video.
Looking for more spice blends? Try our Chinese Five Spice and our Garam Masala Recipe!
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What is za’atar? 

Here is a simple recipe for Zaatar Spice   – a flavorful Middle Eastern spice blend used in many dishes throughout the Middle East, and like curry, varies from region to region depending on where you are. 

What is Zaatar made of?

 Za’atar Spice is a blend of savory dried herbs like oregano, marjoram or thyme, and toasted earthy spices like cumin and coriander, with sesame seeds, salt and the most important ingredient of all… sumac! Sumac gives it the delicious unexpected tanginess that to me, is the key to the best zaatar.

How to make Zaatar | 60-second video

How to use Zaatar Spice?

My Egyptian father would make his own version of zaatar (this one here!) and would sprinkle it over hummus, labneh,  baba ganoush or over fresh pita bread drizzled with olive oil before going in the oven to toast.  But there are a multitude of uses for Za’atar spice and I’m so excited for you to get acquainted with it and discover your own delicious uses!
You can also purchase Za’atar Spice here at our Bowl and Pitcher Store and most Middle Eastern stores or upscale specialty grocery stores. I really love this Villa Jerada Zaatar Spice Blend! We also have their sumac.
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I hope you enjoy making the Za’atar. Please share how you use it in the comments below.
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Authentic Za’atar Spice Recipe

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An authentic recipe for Za’atar Spice – a flavorful Middle Eastern Spice that can be used to season hummus, baba ganoush, vegetables, meats, etc.  (My Egyptian Dad’s recipe.)


  1. 1 tablespoon dried thyme- crushed (or sub oregano)
  2. 1 tablespoon cumin (see instructions about whole or ground)
  3. 1 tablespoon coriander
  4. 1 tablespoon toasted sesame seeds
  5. 1 tablespoon sumac
  6. 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  7. 1/4 teaspoon or more aleppo chili flakes- optional


  • Mix all the ingredients together in a small bowl. Store in an airtight container.
  • For the most flavor, toast whole seeds (cumin seeds and coriander seeds) until fragrant, then grind. This will make the most flavorful zaatar. If you don’t have whole seeds, feel free to use ground spices.


There are many variations of Zaatar. This was my dad’s recipe- he was Egyptian. Other regions have different versions. There is not one “right” way. It varies from area to area, and even household to household.

This Villa Jerada Zaatar Spice Blend is lovely if you rather purchase it! Made in Seattle!


  • Serving Size: 1/2 tablespoon
  • Calories: 15
  • Sugar: 0.1 g
  • Sodium: 88.2 mg
  • Fat: 1.6 g
  • Saturated Fat: 0.2 g
  • Carbohydrates: 0.8 g
  • Fiber: 0.4 g
  • Protein: 0.3 g
  • Cholesterol: 0 mg

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    1. Good to know. My dad’s version was heavy on the cumin and coriander so I’m sued to that. But feel free to adjust to your taste. 🙂

  1. I think that I would like za’atar and I would use it often. But I can’t use a recipe that is not here. Even the video is not available for viewing. I have been experimenting with middle eastern food and was excited to try zaatar. So far I have enjoyed this site and I intend to keep coming back for more hints, tips, and recipes. If you can please send me the recipe for this zaatar I would greatly appreciate it. Thanks again for all your hard work and effort in making this site work.

    1. Hi Timothy- scroll down to the recipe card at the bottom of the post. There is also a link at the top to “jump to the recipe”. Do you see it?

  2. The recipe says it makes 1/2 cup. But the measurements and the reality don’t add up to this quantity. Otherwise, good recipe.

  3. Hi,
    I have a pack of Zaatar that list the following ingredients:
    Hyssop,Sesame Seeds, Sumac,Olive Oil and Salt.
    Does it need the ingredients you listed to make it true Zaatar.
    Thank you!

    1. Hi Tee- Zaatar is like curry powder- there are many variations depending on the region, local ingredients and personal taste. This version is my dad’s recipe ( he was Egyptian) but other areas in the Middle East have different versions. They all are “true”.

  4. I love this recipe! I toss cut up pitta in a drizzle of extra virgin olive oil, sprinkle this over and bake in the oven for 10-12 mins on 180°C. Delicious! Thank you.

  5. 73 and can’t cook. I’m going to try to make this–add olive oil as one video said. The ad on this page is annoying–over and over every few seconds. I’d love to watch the video, but none show the full recipes and then that ad.

    1. Sorry about that, Nancy, if you are on your cell phone, there should be an option to continue watching the video. It should play all the way through on your desktop.

  6. Hi Sylvia. I’m from Indonesia. Thank you for the recipe.
    The taste suits my tongue.

    Hm.. can you help me what’s sumac subsitusion? ’cause it’s difficult to find sumac here. Thank you so much

    1. Sumac has a very sour taste. I would use lemon zest- let it dry out first, leave it on the counter for 1-2 days, or in a warm oven, until completely dry. Then grind.

  7. This recipe is fantastic. I have to be gluten free and every Za’atar seasoning that I looked at in the store had wheat in it. This is a healthier version and soooo easy to make. Thank you for sharing this recipe.

  8. Hi Sylvia,
    My son has severe food allergies to legume (peas, lentils, peanuts, white beans, lima beans) except pinto beans, black beans and kidney beans. Is there a bean similar to garbanzo beans that will work well for hummus?

    1. Hi Eliza- you can make hummus out of any bean! It might not be light in color, but great texture and flavor. I personally love black bean hummus!

      1. You can make hummus out of any bean?! Oh my gosh, that thought never occurred to me! I’ve got to check out some recipes for black bean hummus. Do you have a favorite?

        Funny, I came here to explore za’atar ideas, and the subject got completely changed!

        1. Yes, Jamie -any bean! We don’t have a recipe for black bean hummus but I love making it with a Mexican twist- lime elevates!

          1. I am just seeing your prompt response a year later! I don’t know what you mean when you say, “love making it with a Mexican twist- lime elevates”. What does “Mexican twist-lime elevates” mean? I tried googling, but still don’t understand what you mean.

          2. Hi Jamie- in regards to the Black Bean Hummus (not Zaatar!) I use Mexican spices and lime juice in black bean hummus. 🙂

  9. That’s very cool Sylvia, coming from Iran I am seasoned sumac user, but never knew about za’atar, thanks so much. cheers from Vancouver, Canada

  10. actually it should be made with hyssop, that is the original and that is traditional, thyme oregano are cheaper to obtain and taste no where like hyssop actually but it makes it green

  11. Thank you for this recipe. I swapped chilli flakes for turmeric (that’s what was in the cupboard!)
    I makes a lovely addition to soups and stews x x

  12. To be culinanarily honest.. its oregano and thyme/ marjoram. Not just one of the 3. Gotta have two. But you’re close

  13. There’s something white you add to the mix just before the thyme. There’s no indication on the video of what it is and I don’t see it listed in the ingredients. Amy I missing something? Thanks and I can’t wait to make this!

      1. I think it might be the sesame seeds. You show toasting them at the beginning of the video. Thank you for the clarification. Can’t wait to try this recipe! Thank you for sharing.

  14. Hi Sylvia,
    Zaatar is the name of the herb itself, also known as hyssop. Zaatar without Zaatar is not really Zaatar :-).
    Regardless, I’m sure it’s as delicious as all your recipes are.

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