Zatar. A Middle Eastern spice blend with thyme, marjoram, sumac, salt and sesame seeds.
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Zatar Spice Blend

Zatar is a traditional Middle Eastern blend of toasted sesame seeds, herbs, and spices. Every recipe is a little different but my version contains fresh thyme, sumac, salt, and dried marjoram. It’s nutty, tangy, aromatic. And addictive!
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time5 mins
Total Time10 mins
Course: Spice Blend
Keyword: middle eastern spice blend, spice blend, zataar, zatar spice blend
Servings: 4
Calories: 22kcal
Author: sylvia


  • 1 tablespoon sesame seeds
  • 1 teaspoon sumac
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoons dried marjoram
  • 11/2 tablespoons fresh thyme (See recipe notes for prep tips.)


  • Put the sesame seeds on a baking sheet and toast in a 350F oven for about 5-8 minutes until starting to brown.
  • Combine the seeds and spices.
  • See the serving ideas in the Eating Together Made Easy section.


  1. To strip the leaves off of the thyme, hold the stalk with one hand, pinching two fingers of another hand around it and gliding them down the stalk.
  2. This spice mix should keep for several days. I just keep mine in a bowl on my counter.


Calories: 22kcal | Carbohydrates: 3g | Fat: 1g | Sodium: 292mg | Potassium: 67mg | Fiber: 1g | Vitamin A: 10% | Vitamin C: 19% | Calcium: 6.8% | Iron: 13.2%