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Low-Sodium Zaatar Seasoning
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Low-Sodium Za'atar Seasoning

Add a little Middle Eastern flair to your dishes with this low-sodium za'atar seasoning! Use it to flavor chicken, spice up eggs, perk up potatoes, and more.
Prep Time2 mins
Cook Time3 mins
Total Time5 mins
Course: Condiments
Cuisine: Middle Eastern
Keyword: international foods, low-sodium za'atar
Servings: 12 servings
Calories: 6kcal
Author: Diabetic Foodie


  • 1 tablespoon sesame seeds
  • 3 tablespoons dried thyme
  • ½ teaspoon dried marjoram
  • teaspoon ground cayenne pepper
  • 1 teaspoon lemon zest (or 1 tablespoon ground sumac)


  • In a small, dry nonstick skillet over medium heat, lightly toast the sesame seeds. Watch them carefully so they don’t burn.
  • Remove from heat and cool.
  • Place the sesame seeds, thyme, marjoram, cayenne, and lemon zest in a spice or coffee grinder. Process until finely ground.


This recipe is for 12 servings of za'atar. Each serving is 2 teaspoons.
For a more authentic blend, use 1 tablespoon of ground sumac instead of the lemon zest and omit the cayenne.
This spice blend can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to a week. If you use ground sumac instead of lemon zest, you can store it in a jar in your spice rack or pantry.


Serving: 2teaspoons | Calories: 6kcal | Carbohydrates: 1g | Protein: 0g | Fat: 0g | Saturated Fat: 0g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0g | Monounsaturated Fat: 0g | Trans Fat: 0g | Cholesterol: 0mg | Sodium: 0mg | Potassium: 0mg | Fiber: 0g | Sugar: 0g | Vitamin A: 0IU | Vitamin C: 0mg | Calcium: 0mg | Iron: 0mg | Net carbs: 1g