Homemade Za’atar Spice

Homemade Za'atar Spice

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  • 2 teaspoons dried thyme, crushed
  • 1 teaspoon dried marjoram, crushed
  • 1 tablespoon sesame seeds, toasted and crushed
  • 1 tablespoon sumac seeds
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon chili flakes, optional


Toast whole sesame seeds and whole sumac berries in a hot pan until fragrant, shaking often. Cool and grind. Mix with the remaining ingredients. Seal in a tight jar and keep in a dark cupboard.

This spice blend may be left “chunky” or ground finely as you desire. Do watch the sumac berries; they can be very hard and need to be broken down so there is no danger of injuring a tooth.

Keywords: Middle Eastern, Spice & Herb Blends, Za'atar