Za’atar is a Middle Eastern spice blend consisting of aromatic and sour sumac, fragrant thyme, sesame seeds, and salt. It’s easy, it’s delicious. It is a spice blend that is perfect with anything bread, but can be used with so much more!
So – I didn’t like thyme before. I think the problem was that I tasted it in an omelet when I was a kid, and I like my eggs a certain way, very particular about that. And thyme just did not go with omelettes. Sorry, if that’s your thing. So I just always thought I didn’t like thyme.
But I do now, fortunately. I figured I was missing out, I made an Italian seasoning which also had thyme, and it was so delicious. When I found the za’atar recipe, I thought to myself that this too had to be yummy. Aand I was right!
Homemade Za’atar Spice Blend
This recipe is adapted from Genius Kitchen. Place all the ingredients – sumac, thyme, sesame seeds, Pink Himalayan Sea Salt – into a spice grinder and grind until powder form. Store in an airtight container. People always give such short ‘expiration date’ on things, and this is no exception.
I made za’atar in January and – guess what – still fragrant and yummy (Note; I wrote this in May). The only thing that can happen is that it will be less fragrant, but it hasn’t been my experience. Don’t throw it away just because it has passed its 2 weeks of life.
And if you don’t have a spice grinder (looking at you, sis), place the ingredients in a plastic bag and bang your frustration out on it. It probably won’t be as fine a powder as in a spice grinder, but who cares, it tastes amazing nonetheless.
I like to spread it with a tiny bit of olive oil on bread, be it naan, pizza or even croissants! I haven’t tried it on croissants yet, but I saw it in a croissant recipe the other day and I have to say I am intrigued. Recipes where I use za’atar will come up shortly, so just stay tuned for that.
Do you like za’atar? Here’s other spice blends I think you’ll like:
- Italian Seasoning
- Middle Eastern Baharat
- Homemade Shawarma Spice
- Everything Spice
- Fajita Spice Mix
- Chinese 5 Spice
Hope you like it and find uses for it! If you have any interesting uses for it, or other feedback, I’d love to hear from you – either in the comment section below, or tag me @thegingerwithspice on Instagram. And don’t forget to Pin it for later!
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Homemade Za'atar Spice Blend
- 120 ml dried thyme 1/2 cup
- 4 tbsp sumac 1/4 cup
- 2 tbsp sesame seeds
- 1 tsp Pink Himalayan Sea Salt can use regular sea salt
- Place all the ingredients - sumac, thyme, sesame seeds, Pink Himalayan Sea Salt - into a spice grinder* and grind until powder form.
- Store in an airtight container.**