Monday, October 13, 2014

SPICE: MIDDLE EAST: Za'atar Spice Recipes and Recipe Ideas

WIKI ON ZA'ATAR   (pronounced : ZAH-tahr)




Short description from   LINK FROM AMAZON. I like Amazon because it ships fast. 

Zahtar, or Za'atar, is a spice blend from the Middle East. The thyme adds warmth and depth, while the sesame seeds give the blend an earthiness. This blend can be found in recipes from Lebanon and Syria and from Turkey to Iran. Uniquely earthy, savory, and extremely aromatic, Zahtar is often responsible for much of the pervasive, iconic flavor typically associated Mediterranean foods.

After testing and reading recipes and information on Za'atar, I noticed that there are many variations on the recipe. WIKI says "Some varieties may add savory, cumin, coriander or fennel seed.  My preferred and the simplest recipe includes thyme, sumac, toasted caraway seeds, kosher salt and oregano."

Haven't tried it with the marjoram yet. (The basics of all the recipes are:  fresh or ground thyme, **ground sumac, fine or coarse sea salt and toasted sesame seeds.) If you read the link above WIKI explains the many variations of ZA'ATAR. 

** If you can't find powdered or ground sumac in a store near you, you can order it from 

NOTE:  If you don't want to make it from scratch (to me that's the fun part) you can order it also from

Za'atar recipe from

Za'atar recipe Foodnetwork's Alton Brown

Za'tar recipe from Epicurious

Za'atar recipe from FreshBitesDaily 

Za'atar recipe from Foodnetwork's Tyler Florence 

Za'atar recipes from the

Za'atar recipe ideas from Huffington Post

Za'atar recipe from BonAppetit with green tahini sauce

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