Homemade Lebanese Zaatar
Make your own authentic Lebanese zaatar mix at home today. Zaatar is commonly used in middle eastern cuisine. The zaatar spices in each region or home may vary but commonly uses thyme, oregano, sesame seeds, sumac and salt and pepper.
Za’atar seasoning is very versatile. It is one of my go-to seasonings for everything from roast vegetables to delicious salads like our Roast Pumpkin Salad.
Why we Love this Recipe
Za’atar spice blends are an amazingly flavourful Middle Eastern spice mix. Za’atar is traditionally used in dry rubs for meats and to season vegetables.
It’s easy: whip up your own in just minutes!
Pantry Ingredients: you might even have all the ingredients in your pantry right now.
Versatile: Za’atar goes well in meaty dishes, vegetarian dishes, almost anything! I love mine sprinkled over bacon and cooked in the air fryer.
It is a fragrant seasoning that is herby, nutty and an earthy flavour.
Scroll to the recipe card for the full list of ingredients to make this Lebanese zaatar recipe.
There are only 6 ingredients in this zaatar blend. Sumac, marjoram, salt flakes, oregano, sesame seeds, and thyme.
Sumac is a Middle Eastern spice that is not spicy but lemony. You will find it in the spice section of most supermarkets as well as all the other ingredients.
Dried herbs – Use dried oregano and dried thyme leaves. If you have fresh oregano or fresh thyme, make sure to dry it before using. This can be done by hanging it upside down in a dry place or in the sun until completely dried out.
HOT TIP – Make sure all your dried ingredients are fresh and not out of date.
WHERE TO BUY – If you would prefer to buy za’atar than make your own try then try here.
How to Make Zaatar at Home
Step 1. To make your own za’atar spices at home all you need to do is mix all the ingredients together.
TIP: For a delicious nuttier flavour, firstly, toast the sesame seeds before adding to the mix.
How to Use Zaatar Seasoning
Za’atar-Crusted Flatbread: Transform your ordinary flatbread into a culinary masterpiece by generously dusting it with za’atar seasoning before baking. The earthy thyme, nutty sesame, and zesty sumac notes will infuse the bread with a Middle Eastern flair that pairs perfectly with dips, spreads, or simply enjoyed on its own.
Za’atar-Roasted Vegetables: Elevate your vegetable game by tossing your favorite veggies – think cauliflower, carrots, and zucchini – with olive oil and a liberal sprinkling of za’atar before roasting. The herbaceous aroma and savory complexity of the seasoning will create a harmonious symphony of flavors that brightens up any plate.
Za’atar-Marinated Grilled Meats: Take your grilling adventures up a notch by marinating meats like chicken, lamb, or beef in a mixture of za’atar, olive oil, and a touch of lemon juice. This blend will not only impart a tantalizing crust when grilled but also infuse the meats with an irresistible fusion of spices that pays homage to the Lebanese culinary heritage.
Recipes to Try
Here are just a few recipes either using za’atar or ones I know will be great using it.
- Keto Roasted Pumpkin Salad with Lemon Yogurt
- Sous Vide Wagyu Steak
- Cauliflower Mac and Cheese
- Easy Garlic Kebab Sauce
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Authentic Lebanese Zaatar
- 3 tbsp (3 tbsp) sumac
- 2 tbsp (2 tbsp) dried thyme
- 2 tsp (2 tsp) marjoram
- 2 tbsp (2 tbsp) dried oregano
- 1 tbsp (1 tbsp) toasted sesame seeds
- 1 tsp (1 tsp) pink Himalayan salt
- Add all ingredients to the mixer; mix 8 sec/speed 3.
- Add all ingredients to a small bowl. Mix to combine.
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7 responses to “Authentic Lebanese Zaatar”
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I have never tried this spice blend, but I am all about trying new things, and the za’atar chicken carbonara looks amazing!! Running out to get sumac now!
I love zaatar and use it quite often. However, I never made it home and now I am going to do so. Delicious on everything you cook.
This is seriously the best seasoning! I use it on almost everything.