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a small white bowl filled with a dried herb and sesame seed spice blend

Homemade Za’atar Spice Blend

  • Author: Lauren Grant
  • Yield: about ⅓ cup 1x
  • Diet: Gluten Free


An earthy, nutty and slightly citrusy Middle Eastern spice blend. Mix with olive oil and serve as a dip for warm bread, or sprinkle over hummus, labneh, roasted meat, veggies or fish.




Stir together all of the ingredients. Store in an airtight container at room temperature for a few months. 


Make it a dip: mix 2 tablespoons za’atar with 1–2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil (depending on how you want to enjoy it). 

How to toast sesame seeds: arrange sesame seeds on a baking sheet and toast in a 350ºF (176ºC) oven until lightly golden brown and fragrant, 5–8 minutes. Let cool completely then mix with spices. 


  • Serving Size: 1 tablespoon
  • Calories: 15
  • Sugar: 0g
  • Sodium: 215mg
  • Fat: 1g
  • Saturated Fat: 0g
  • Carbohydrates: 1g
  • Fiber: 0.5g
  • Protein: 0.5g
  • Cholesterol: 0mg

Keywords: za'atar seasoning blend, za'atar spice blend, za'atar seasoning, what is za'atar, za'atar spice

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