This easy-to-make za'atar spice mix recipe can elevate most meals and snacks! Try on crispy potatoes, tofu scramble, add to labneh, mix with olive oil to drizzle on pita, make a tempeh marinade... so many possibilities.
What is Za'atar?
Is za'atar an herb or a spice mix, or both? Which herb? Is it hyssop? Oregano? Thyme? I went through at least 50 articles and recipes to find out. In the end, the best explanation I found on the web was Dima Sharif's post on the herb and spice mix.
The takeaway message for me was this: if you have access to dried Syrian Oregano (Origanum Syriacum) or hyssop, use it. If not, substitute with regular dried oregano.
Don't overdo the sumac, we're looking for a green color instead of red. Know that if you do, the spice mix gets closer to dukkah instead of za'atar—which is completely fine as the former is equally delicious!
When it comes to other herbs and spices often put in za'atar mixes such as cumin, mint, or marjoram—I'd recommend skipping them for a more authentic taste. But as always, totally up to you! Go wherever your palate takes you.
Ingredients for Za'atar Spice Mix Recipe
- 3 tablespoon dried Syrian oregano or hyssop (or substitute w/ regular dried oregano)
- 1 tablespoon sumac
- 1 tablespoon sesame seeds, toasted
- ½ teaspoon kosher salt
If using hyssop in the form of tea (with large particles), grind it in a spice grinder. Combine all the ingredients in a small bowl and mix.
Za'atar spice mix can be stored in an airtight container for a few months. For best results, store in a cool and dark environment to protect it from the elements.
this za'atar spice mix recipe is:
- accidentally vegan / plant-based
- easy to make
- allergen-friendly & gluten-free
- full of flavor!
Don’t forget to let me know in the comments if you make this recipe! Afiyet olsun (bon appetite)!Print