The argument could be made that za’atar is the spiced flavor of the Middle East.  This savory spice can top breads, mix into cheese, flavor stir-fries, stews and meats. We love to sprinkle it into a bit of oil and dip bread and vegetables in the mix.


55 g hyssop/origanum syriacum

20 g sumac spice

15 g sesame seeds

 5 g  salt


Blend the spices together in a strong blender. Store in mason jars, or tupperware in a cool, dry place.

  • makes apprx. 95g, or ½ cup of za’atar

Photo: Assaf Ronnen