23 Recipes That Use Za’atar

The Israeli spice you need to know.

When you’re traveling through Israel, it’s hard to find a restaurant or home that doesn’t sprinkle za’atar on everything from pizza to salads to chicken. What is za’atar, you might be asking? It’s a blend of dried thyme, oregano, sumac and sesame seeds. It’s delicious and very versatile.

Here in the U.S., a love for za’atar is finally starting to catch on, with dozens and dozens of recipes cropping up and restaurants finding innovative new ways to use the quintessential Middle Eastern spice blend.

If you haven’t yet jumped on this bandwagon, here are 23 drool-worthy ways to start adding za’atar spiced dishes to your weekly menu.

Where to find the spice blend? You can buy it from Fairway supermarkets in the New York area or just good, trusty Amazon. But you can also try mixing your own!

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Snacks and appetizers

Za’atar tomato hummus from I Will Not Eat Oysters

Za’atar roasted chickpeas from The New York Times

Israeli-inspired corn with za’atar 

Za’atar pomegranate cheeseball from Chez Us

Tomato bread salad with za’atar vinaigrette

Za’atar and olive focaccia

Avocado, hearts of palm, edamame and za’atar salad

Israeli couscous with lemon za’atar roasted chickpeas and carrots from Food52

Carrot tahini soup with za’atar challah croutons

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Dinner stuff

Israeli breakfast pizza

Roasted roma tomatoes with feta and za’atar from Things I Made Today

Za’atar, halloumi and olive sandwich from Journey Kitchen

Za’atar lemon grilled chicken from MyRecipes

Za’atar fried chicken with spicy thyme honey

Za’atar chicken with chickpeas and cauliflower

Honey roasted za’atar chicken with dried fruit

Za’atar roasted potatoes

Smashed za’atar potatoes from Tales of an Overtime Cook

Roasted butternut squash and red onion with tahini and za’atar from Ottolenghi

Crispy lentils with za’atar and walnuts from Punctuated with Food

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Baked stuff

Za’atar garlic challah

Za’atar flatbread from The Kitchn

Whole wheat za’atar sables from Serious Eats

Za’atar and olive foccacia

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