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za’atar spice blend

Recipe by
Francine Lizotte
Surrey South, BC

This incredible homemade spice blend is versatile and flavorful, accentuating many dishes!

yield 6 tablespoons
prep time 5 Min
cook time 5 Min
method Stove Top

Ingredients For za’atar spice blend

  • 2 Tbsp
    sesame seeds, toasted
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp
    dried thyme leaves
  • 1 Tbsp
    ground sumac
  • 1 Tbsp
    dried oregano leaves
  • 1 tsp
    ground cumin
  • 1/2 tsp
    ground himalayan sea salt
  • 1/4 tsp
    lemon seasoning (optional)

How To Make za’atar spice blend

  • 1
    In a small skillet over medium heat, add the sesame seeds and sauté until nicely brown, about 5 minutes, tossing often. Remove from the heat and let them cool off for 10 minutes.
  • 2
    Add toasted sesame seeds to a spice grinder and process until fine, about 5 seconds. Transfer to a small bowl and add thyme, sumac, oregano, cumin, salt and lemon seasoning; stir until well blended.
  • 3
    Transfer the spice blend to an airtight container and store in a cool, dark place for up to 3 months. Yields 6 tablespoons
  • 4
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