Learn about the delicious, herbaceous Mediterranean condiment za’atar oil, including where to find it, how to use it and what it tastes like.
If you’ve been around here for a while, you may know a thing or two about za’atar. It’s a Middle Eastern spice blend made of dried herbs, white sesame seeds and bright sumac. We love it on everything from popcorn to salads.
But za’atar isn’t just a dried seasoning blend. In many places around the Mediterranean and Middle East, you’ll find golden jars of a different condiment: za’atar oil.
If you’re curious about what’s going on with shimmery, fragrant za’atar oil, we’re here to answer your burning questions. Here’s everything you need to know about za’atar oil.
What is Zaatar Oil Made Of?
First things first, let’s talk ingredients. Za’atar oil is made by blending dried za’atar seasoning with olive oil. The result is a pourable condiment that’s infused with the savory flavors of za’atar with some crunchy texture.
However, not all za’atar oil recipes are equal. You’ll find different spices and oils, depending on where our condiment is from.
Zesty Z Za’atar Olive Oil Condiment is made with premium ingredients to achieve the best flavor, aroma and texture. We’re talking about:
- Extra-virgin olive oil. This high-quality Mediterranean oil is made from a single ingredient: pressed olives. Unlike highly-processed canola or vegetable oil blends, extra-virgin olive oil is minimally processed and maintains a high level of antioxidants and anti-inflammatory compounds.
- Dried za’atar. This is a dried herb that grows throughout the Middle East. It looks and tastes similar to thyme.
- Dried oregano. The natural oils in the oregano leaves get activated when soaked in olive oil to bring out their earthy flavors.
- Sesame seeds. Our za’atar features crunchy white sesame seeds for added texture and a nutty taste.
- Sumac. This deep red dried spice has a bright, citrusy flavor like lemon zest.
What Does Za'atar Oil Taste Like?
Now that you know the ingredients, you may be able to imagine what za’atar oil tastes like.
The olive oil gives this condiment a rich, creamy texture. But the flavor comes from the bright, zippy sumac and rich, herbaceous dried green herbs.
What is Za’atar Oil Used For?
Like dried za’atar seasoning.(Order your Premium Za'atar Shaker here!), you can use this oil in hundreds of delicious ways. Here are some of our favorite ways to enjoy our za’atar olive oil condiment:
- Dunk za’atar manoushe in za'atar oil for double the zestiness
- Add lemon juice for a flavor-packed vinaigrette
- Drizzle it over labne or hummus for a dip
- Spread it on bread for a grilled cheese
- Pour some on avocado toast
- Serve it with a cheese board
Truly, the options are endless! If you're looking for more za’atar oil recipe inspiration, check out our recipe archive.