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  • Author: chefjar
  • Total Time: 10 minutes
  • Yield: 4


An authentic Zaatar spice recipe! Learn how to make this incredible Middle Eastern zaatar seasoning at home. A very fragrant and healthy blend of herbs and seeds. Use it for bread, fish, chicken or yogurt dip.


  • Dried thyme ( crushed)- 1 cup
  • Sumac- 1 tablespoon
  • Pistachios ( shell peeled)- 1/4 cup
  • Coriander seeds- 1 tablespoon
  • Cumin seeds- 1 tablespoon
  • Toasted sesame seeds- 1/4 cup
  • Fennel seeds- 1 tablespoon
  • Salt- 1 teaspoon
  • Olive oil- 2 tablespoons
  • Red Chili flakes- 1 teaspoon, optional


  • Add the thyme, coriander, cumin and fennel into the cold pan. Heat the pan over low medium heat. As the pan heats, the spices get fragrant. Remove from the stove and transfer on the plate immediately because they will continue cooking in the hot pan and you will end up with burnt and bitter spices.  Allow to cool completely.
  • Grind pistachios together with sumac, thyme, coriander, cumin, fennel in a food processor or use a mortar and pestle
  • Transfer to a spice jar, add red chili flakes (if using), salt, sesame seeds and olive oil. Mix well to combine. Store in a jar or in an airtight container.

*Alternatively you can use ground spices and substitute pistachios with peanuts or walnuts. Make sure to toast them for the flavor.



  • Prep Time: 5 min
  • Cook Time: 5 min
  • Category: Spices
  • Cuisine: Middle Eastern


  • Serving Size: 100 g
  • Calories: 71 kcal
  • Sugar: 0 g
  • Sodium: 71 g
  • Fat: 7 g
  • Carbohydrates: 0 g
  • Fiber: 14 g
  • Protein: 0 g
  • Cholesterol: 0 mg

Keywords: zaatar, za atar, zaatar bread