Za’atar Spice Blend Recipe

Za’atar Spice Blend Recipe

Learn how to use za’atar spice blend and make your own from oregano, sumac, toasted sesame seeds, and sea salt. It’s an easy way to add tons of flavor! Za’atar spice blend is common in countries such as Palestine, Lebanon, and Syria. The blend recipe differs from family to family.

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Recipes to Use Za’atar Spice Blend

I love including za’atar spice in this lemon arugula pasta, this easy asparagus recipe with tomato-olive salsa, or crispy skin salmon. It’s also terrific in this romaine salad.

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Za-atar Spice Blend

A traditional Middle eastern spice blend.
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Course: Spices
Cuisine: Middle Eastern
Keyword: zaatar spice
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
Author: Aliye Aydin


  • 1 Tablespoon sesame seeds
  • 1 scant Tablespoon dried oregano (Syrian or Turkish variety if you can find)
  • 1 Tablespoon sumac
  • 3/4 Tablespoon coarse sea salt


  • Toast sesame seeds lightly in a dry skillet over medium heat, until they are fragrant and starting to turn golden. In a bowl, combine the still warm sesame seeds with the other ingredients. Store in a spice jar and use within three months.
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2 thoughts on “Za’atar Spice Blend Recipe”

  • Can I use Himalayan Pink salt instead? Or Morton’s iodized salt instead? Also, I haven’t been able to find Sumac at any grocery store. Where do I find it? Where do I find the Syrian or Turkish oregano? I tried to Google Middle Eastern markets but it only pulled up restaurants! I feel discouraged. A lot of time wasted but nothing to show for it… =sigh= 🙁

    • Hi Tamboliya!
      I’m so sorry to hear about your frustrations. I’m not sure where in the world you are, but the spices such as sumac and Turkish oregano are easily available via an online spice shop like Penzey’s ( For the salt, Himalayan would be fine! I don’t prefer iodized salt, you can read about why in my article here. Best of luck! Email me with any more questions:

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