Za’atar Spice Mix

Ready to whip up some za'atar spice mix at home? Trust me, with this mix, you're gonna wanna sprinkle it on, well, everything. Let's spice things up!
5 minutes
5 minutes toasting sesame seeds
approximately 2 1/2 cups

About this recipe

In every Middle Eastern kitchen, you’re sure to find a cherished jar of za’atar spice mix. It’s not just a seasoning; it’s a taste of childhood, of family gatherings, and of comforting mornings. Many of us grew up with the simple joy of a warm flatbread, drizzled with golden olive oil, and generously dusted with za’atar. Rolled up, it’s a bite of pure nostalgia. And if you take a moment to toast it? Oh, the transformation! The flavours meld, the aroma intensifies, and it becomes an unparalleled delight. It’s more than a meal; it’s a memory, and it’s a tradition that we proudly pass on through generations.

Introducing my za’atar spice mix recipe! If you’re a fan of Middle Eastern flavours, then this za’atar spice recipe is a must-try. Crafted with aromatic oregano, tangy sumac, and toasted sesame seeds, it captures the essence of traditional Middle Eastern dishes. Once you’ve mastered this blend, you’ll find yourself reaching for it again and again. Remember the delicious taste of my mini mana-eesh zaatar (fried)? Or how the cheesy zaatar loaf became the highlight of your lunchbox? Let’s not forget the sprinkle of magic it added to the Mini labneh rolls. This blend is the secret behind those dishes. Dive into this recipe and discover the versatility and zest of the za’atar spice.

mini zaatar manoushi served with fresh vegetables


  • 1 cup finely ground dried oregano
  • 4 teaspoons salt
  • 4 tablespoons sumac
  • 1 cup toasted sesame seeds

Notes from Rouba

  • Ensure your oregano is finely ground for the best texture.
  • Toast your sesame seeds until they turn a lovely pinkish hue.
  • Fancy a nutty twist? Toss in some finely ground pistachios.
  • If you’ve got homegrown oregano, wash and dry it thoroughly. It gives a divine depth to the za’atar!
  • Store the za’atar mix in an airtight container in a cool, dry place. This will help to maintain its freshness and potency. If stored properly, the za’atar mix should remain fresh for several months.


Step 1.

In a dry fry-pan over medium heat, toast the sesame seeds. Stir them around occasionally to ensure they toast evenly and don’t burn. Once the sesame seeds turn golden brown and fragrant, remove them from the heat and let them cool.

Step 2.

In a large mixing bowl, combine the finely ground dried oregano, salt, sumac, and the toasted sesame seeds. Mix thoroughly to ensure all ingredients are well-incorporated.

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