Za’atar is an ancient cultural spice blend of the Middle East and recipes for za’atar spice mixtures were often well guarded secrets throughout various Middle Eastern and North African culinary cultures. In Lebanon, za’atar is most often associated with breakfast and we are all following that trend, sprinkle this spice blend on poached eggs, avocado or yoghurt for an extra zing.
This unique spice blend is used to flavour meats, fish, vegetables, stuffing or bread, it is fragrant and tangy with just a hint of nuttiness. Mixed with olive oil it can be used as a spread for flatbread or mixed in yoghurt for a delicious dip. Za’atar is also perfect as a dry rub for chicken, fish, lamb and vegetables.
Buy online or at your favourite gourmet food store or try my recipe below.
Where to Buy:
Australia – gourmet food stores and online try www.herbies.com.au
Overseas – All gourmet food stores and online try www.spicesinc.com
How To Make Your Own Za’atar
Makes About 55g
2tbsp dried oregano
2tbsp dried thyme
1tbsp parsley flakes
2tbsp sesame seeds, toasted
½ tsp sea salt
- Dry roast sesame seeds in a pan over medium heat.
- Place sumac, oregano, thyme and sea salt in a mortar and pestle and grind to a powder. Mix in sesame seeds and place in an airtight container.