Za'atar Spice

  • Ready in: 15 minutes
  • Serves: 12
  • Complexity: very easy
  • kcal: 11
Za'atar Spice


  • 1 tbsp whole cumin seeds
  • 1 tbsp whole coriander seeds
  • 2 tbsp fresh thyme, chopped
  • 1 tbsp sumac
  • 2 tsp SIDS SALT & PEPPER
  • 2 tbsp sesame seeds


  1. Heat a small skillet over medium heat. Add the whole cumin and coriander seeds and toast, shaking frequently, until the seeds are golden brown and very fragrant, 3-4 minutes.
    Transfer the cumin and coriander seeds to a mortar, then crush with a pestle until the seeds are pulverized.
    Add the fresh thyme, sumac and
    SIDS SALT & PEPPER to the mortar. Grind with the pestle until all of the ingredients are roughly the same size.
    Return the skillet to medium heat. Add sesame seeds to the skillet and toast, shaking frequently, until the seeds are golden brown, 2-3 minutes. 
    Add the sesame seeds to the cumin, coriander, thyme, sumac and
    SIDS SALT & PEPPER. Stir to incorporate. Use immediately, or allow to cool completely and then store. Fresh, homemade za'atar can be stored in an airtight, lidded jar in your pantry for up to 2 months. 
    Notes: This recipe makes approximately half a cup of za'atar spice. A serving size represents about ½ tbsp.