Za'atar Fish and Chips

Creamy, crispy, healthy goodness. Get ready for a classic fish and chip dish with a Zesty Mediterranean twist. 

Looking for a dish that you can make in less than an hour? Fish and chips are a classic "fast food" meal that everyone loves. But let's admit it, it isn't the healthiest meal. And sometimes, the flavor leaves a bit to be desired.

There are tons of dishes that taste great but aren't that good for our health. While some people think you have to sacrifice flavor in order to start eating well, that really isn't the case. Here at Zesty Z, we believe that you can still eat healthy without getting rid of flavor.

In this recipe, we will be recreating the classic fish and chips meal you've come to know and love - but with a twist. We've made it even healthier, creamier, crispier, and packed full of flavors.

The key to this recipe? No batter and no frying, just oven-baked goodness and—the most important part— za'atar seasoning. Let's dive in!

What is Za'atar?

Za'atar is a Middle Eastern seasoning that's made up of various herbs. The combination of herbs varies from region to region, but the five main ingredients for za'atar are thyme, oregano, sumac, salt, and sesame seeds.

  • Thyme: Thyme has been used for centuries for both medicinal and culinary purposes. It comes from the same family as mint and has a very sweet and sharp flavor that's almost a bit lemony. It's the perfect herb if you're looking to add some zing into your dish.
  • Oregano: Oregano is a very pungent herb that smells a little bit like peppermint, but when it comes to flavor it leans more towards the peppery side with subtle hints of sweetness making it a great balance for acidic dishes.
  • Sumac: Sumac, also known as the "Cranberry of the Mediterranean". This deep red-colored dried spice is native to the Middle East and some East Asian regions. Just like its color, it packs a stunningly bright, citrusy flavor that'll make any dish pop.
  • Sesame Seeds: Sesame has a very distinct nutty taste to it that is even more enhanced when roasted. It's largely used in a lot of Mediterranean and Asian dishes that also helps to give some texture and crunch to your food.

All these herbs have antioxidant properties and various vitamins that help combat certain diseases and inflammation in our bodies.

Together they create earthy and tangy flavors that go perfectly well with this fish and chips recipe, really giving the dish the extra oomph it needs.

Where Can You Get Za'atar?

You can make your own za'atar mix or buy za'atar right here at Zesty Z! Our premium za'atar seasoning is low sodium and all-natural. There are no fillers such as wheat or chickpeas in our mix, just pure herbs. We even offer a delicious za'atar and olive oil blend.

Now, without further ado, here's how to make za'atar fish and chips in under 45 minutes:

Za'atar Fish and Chips Recipe

Serves: 4

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 30 to 35 minutes

Total Time: 40 to 45 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 small red onion, finely chopped
  • 4 tbsp apple cider vinegar, divided
  • Kosher salt
  • 1½ lb. small Yukon Gold potatoes halved or quartered lengthwise
  • 6 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil, divided
  • 1 1¼-lb. skinless, boneless cod fillet, preferably in 1 piece
  • 1 tbsp za’atar
  • ¾ cup pitted Castelvetrano olives
  • ½ cup coarsely chopped mint

Instructions

  1. Place racks in the upper and lower thirds of the oven; preheat oven to 425° Fahrenheit. Mix onion, 2 tbsp apple cider vinegar, and a big pinch of salt in a small bowl to combine. Let it sit for at least 10 minutes to 1 hour. Drain off the vinegar and discard.
  2. Meanwhile, toss potatoes and 3 tbsp extra virgin olive oil on a large rimmed baking sheet. Season with salt, then toss again. Arrange in a single layer. Roast on top rack, undisturbed, until browned and crisp underneath. This will take approximately 20 to 25 minutes.
  3. Turn potatoes over and reduce oven temperature to 325° Fahrenheit. Place cod on a small rimmed baking sheet and drizzle with 1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil. Season with salt and za’atar seasoning. Slide onto the bottom rack in the oven and roast until fish flakes easily with a fork and potatoes are browned all over. This will take about 10 minutes.
  4. Stir olives, mint, remaining 2 tbsp vinegar, and remaining 2 tbsp oil into the pickled onion. Serve cod and potatoes topped with olive mixture. Enjoy!

What Other Dishes Can You Use Za'atar For?

The great thing about za'atar is that it's so versatile. You can add it to any meal and it'll instantly brighten it up with its herbaceous tang. Here are a few recipes featuring za'atar that you should definitely try out next time:

  • Mediterranean Sumac Smoked Salmon Bagel: Another classic seafood dish with an extra kick coming from the za'atar seasoning.
  • Za'atar Hummus: Hummus is a Mediterranean cuisine staple. It's a healthy, flavor-packed dip that you can pair with bread, biscuits, or your favorite crunchy vegetables.
  • Za'atar Alfredo Pizza: Here's a pizza you've absolutely got to try. This low-carb cauliflower crust pizza is packed with Mediterranean spices, melty mozzarella, and creamy alfredo sauce.