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Za'atar Spice Mix

5 min

Homemade staple

One-bowl / one-pot

10 ingredients or less

No cook

When we can't find a spice mix at our local grocery store, we try seeing if we can make it ourselves at home! Za'atar spice mix is a flavourful Middle Eastern and Mediterranean seasoning that we use in all sorts of ways. We mix it into our homemade salad dressing, into tofu or tempeh marinades, sprinkle it over roasting veggies, and add it to recipes such as homemade falafels to pack it full of flavour.


(1 Tbsp per serving)


5 min


5 min


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  • 2 Tbsp (5 g)
    dried thyme
  • 2 Tbsp (6 g)
    dried oregano
  • 2 Tbsp (12 g)
    ground cumin
  • 2 Tbsp (11 g)
    ground coriander
  • 2 Tbsp (18 g)
    toasted sesame seeds
  • 2 Tbsp (16 g)
    ground sumac
  • 1 tsp (6 g)
  • 1 tsp (2 g)
    chili flakes
  • 1 tsp (2 g)
    ground black pepper


  1. Add all the spices into a small jar, mix, and you're good to go!


  • Keep in a sealed glass jar away from direct sunlight for months, just like regular spices.

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Martunia - June 6, 2024, 7:23 a.m.

I said it once, and I'll say it again: the scaling feature is amazing 👏 I only had 9g of sumac, so I simply scaled down to 9 portions and added the other ingredients accordingly. Oh, and the spice mix itself is heavenly, too! 😁

PUL Team - June 6, 2024, 5:31 p.m.

Woohoo! Thanks a bunch for the glowing review, Martunia 🙌

Maria Moreno - Jan. 19, 2024, 2:33 p.m.

I couldn’t find sumac so I subbed lemon zest instead. So easy with mostly pantry staples but adds so much to dishes. Yum!

PUL Team - Jan. 20, 2024, 7:01 p.m.

A lovely idea, Maria - thanks for sharing the tip!

Jody - Jan. 8, 2024, 7:31 p.m.

My go-to za’atar spice mix!

Nynke de Graaf - Dec. 11, 2023, 4:34 p.m.

This is so good! Really takes what you make to a next level. Love this

Ana - Nov. 9, 2023, 7:38 a.m.

Love it

Debbie - May 28, 2023, 6:27 p.m.

What can I sprinkle this on? Any ideas?

PUL Team - May 28, 2023, 9:44 p.m.

Hey Debbie, a lovely question! We enjoy using this blend in wraps, or on roasted vegetables, flatbread, and chickpeas. We have a Za'atar & Mint Veggie Wrap recipe (…), plus more recipes coming soon in our mobile App which use Za'atar 🤗

Alexandra Holmstrom - May 14, 2023, 7:50 p.m.

Made a fresh batch this morning again. I love this mix so much!

Adrienn - July 26, 2022, 10:44 a.m.

The combination of the spices is quite amazing. You open the jar and it smells like the Middle East! I added it to a roasted veggie spread I make regularly and it just effortlessly made it exotic and ... just perfect!
Thank you for widening my perspective and for taking my tastebuds on a unique journey!

PUL Team - July 26, 2022, 3:28 p.m.

Oh so lovely to hear, Adrienn, thank you for the glowing review! The roasted veggie spread sounds delicious 😍

Leila - Nov. 8, 2021, 8:09 p.m.

This!! On roasted potatoes, or really any roasted vegetable, is just *chefs kiss*. It’s now my husbands favorite way to make roasted potatoes too. The combination of the warm cumin and the herbs is just so delicious.

PUL Team - Nov. 9, 2021, 2:43 a.m.

We're so happy the spice is being enjoyed, Leila, it means so much ✨

Linda collins - Aug. 19, 2021, 12:56 a.m.

What is the spice mix that you use turmeric in?

PUL Team - Aug. 19, 2021, 7 p.m.

Hey there, Linda! We enjoy using turmeric in our Ras El Hanout spice mix. We'll post to our socials when the recipe is ready to share 😊

Linda collins - Aug. 20, 2021, 3:27 p.m.

Thank you. I am very new at this way of cooking and eating
I have been binge watching the videos. I love them, also the blog.

Willeke - July 27, 2021, 7:03 p.m.

Love this za’atar mixture. It has become a staple in my kitchen. I use for hummus, on naan or with veggies. Awesome!

PUL Team - July 29, 2021, 2:05 a.m.

All lovely ideas, Willeke, thanks a bunch 🤗

Cris S - June 5, 2021, 5:54 p.m.

This is exactly what I needed to make my favorite za'atar hummus myself instead of buying it from the store! Thanks! 😁

PUL Team - June 6, 2021, 12:12 a.m.

Such a creative hummus recipe, Cris! So glad the spice was enjoyed 🤩

Bhumika Poojary - May 11, 2021, 10:43 p.m.

Amazing. Thank you 😊

Tanja - March 22, 2021, 9:23 a.m.

What substitute can I use for sumac? I can't find that spice in my country.

Thank you in advance

PUL Team - April 2, 2021, 2:17 a.m.

Great question, Tanja! It may be in an international foods aisle or store, or perhaps online. Lemon pepper seasoning or a dash of lemon zest may help provide the tartness that sumac provides though! Alternatively, you could try omitting it from the recipe and adding some lemon juice when cooking 😀