Swap the traditional hazelnuts in dukkah seasoning for crowd-pleasing pistachios. This flavorful nutty spice seasoning is great sprinkled over meats, vegetables and dips. 

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What is Dukkah?

First off, dukkah can also be spelled dukka or duqqa, which is the traditional spelling of this Egyptian spice blend. Usually made of nuts and seeds, the combination can vary depending on the region and cook. Hazelnuts or chickpeas are often the base while cumin, coriander, sesame seeds and pepper are added for flavor and spice. 

The nuts, seeds and spices in dukkah are usually ground down into a coarse powder and sprinkled over vegetables and meats, or mixed with olive oil and served alongside bread as a dip. 

How Is Dukkah Used?

Traditionally, dukkah is sprinkled over meat, fish and vegetables, or mixed with extra-virgin olive oil and served as a dip with bread and vegetables. It makes a great dip on its own, and is also fabulous sprinkled over hummus, labneh, and creamy cheese such as fresh goat cheese and cream cheese. 

You can also sprinkle dukkah over soups, salads, toast (avocado toast would be great), and more.

pistachios on a small sheetpan

Tips for Making the Best Dukkah

  1. Toast the sesame seeds and pistachios. Toasting the nuts and seeds unlocks and enhances their flavor! This is an essential step, especially since the recipe calls for raw pistachios and sesame seeds.
  2. Toast the spices. Just like with the pistachios, it’s important to toast the spices. Not only does it unlock flavor, but it adds flavor. Browning/toasting = flavor! (aka the Maillard reaction.)
  3. Grind the nuts and spices into a coarse powder. If ground too fine, the spice blend will add fabulous flavor but no texture to meat, veggies and dip. Keep it coarse so you get a nice crunch from it too.

What’s In Dukkah Seasoning?

Traditional Egyptian dukkah seasoning is made with hazelnuts or chickpeas, pepper, coriander, cumin and sesame seeds. However, like most recipes, they tend to vary depending on the region and/or cook. My pistachio version is a bit different than the classic Egyptian recipe and features:

pistachios and spices measured out and set on a table in small white bowls

FAQ about this recipe

Can I use ground spices instead of whole?

This nut and spice blend has the best flavor and texture when made with whole spices. Ground spices can be swapped in if needed, though I only recommend swapping in one at a time. For example, don’t use both ground coriander and ground cumin, try to at least use one of those spices in its whole form.

Can I substitute anything for the coriander and/or cumin seeds?

Both add such specific flavors, but if you’re looking to mix things up you could try fennel seeds, a little bit of cardamom, or pink peppercorns.

Where can I find ground sumac?

Ooo! I love ground sumac. It’s delicious sprinkled over salads, soups and toast. You can find ground sumac in most Middle Eastern grocery stores, though it’s becoming easier to find in major grocery stores. Still no luck? You can also always buy ground sumac from Amazon.

pink round plate with creamy white dip topped with a nut and spice seasoning

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Pistachio Dukkah Seasoning Recipe

  • Author: Lauren Grant
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: about 1 cup 1x
  • Category: Seasoning
  • Method: Toasting
  • Cuisine: Middle Eastern
  • Diet: Gluten Free


A pistachio-take on the traditional Egyptian nut and spice mix. Serve dukkah on meat, veggies, dips, and more!


  • ½ cup raw shelled pistachios (about 70g)
  • 2 tablespoons coriander seeds
  • 2 teaspoons cumin seeds
  • 1 ½ tablespoons black or white sesame seeds
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon ground sumac
  • ½ teaspoon kosher or flaky sea salt


Heat oven to 350ºF (176ºC) with rack set in middle position. Arrange pistachios in a single layer on baking sheet. Toast until fragrant and starting to brown, 6–8 minutes. Transfer toasted pistachios to a mini food processor and let cool. 

Add coriander seeds, cumin seeds and sesame seeds to now empty baking sheet. Toast until fragrant and starting to brown, 5–8 minutes. Transfer toasted spices to food processor and let cool completely. 

Pulse nuts and spices until coarsely chopped, about 10 pulses. Add oregano, sumac and salt and pulse just to combine, about 5 pulses. 


Store in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 1 month. For longer storage, store in the refrigerator or freezer for a few months. 

If you don’t have a mini food processor, you can also use a mortar and pestle. 

Keywords: dukkah, dukka, duqqa, pistachio dukkah

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About The Author

Lauren Grant is a professional culinary food scientist, food writer, recipe developer, and food photographer. Lauren is a previous magazine editor and test kitchen developer and has had work published in major national publications including Diabetic Living Magazine, Midwest Living Magazine, Cuisine at Home Magazine, EatingWell.com, AmericasTestKitchen.com, and more.

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