Za'atar (Thyme-, Sesame-, and Sumac-Spiced) Popcorn Recipe

Za'atar (Thyme-, Sesame-, and Sumac-Spiced) Popcorn Recipe

A tart spice mix from the Middle East makes a perfect popcorn flavor. [Photographs: Daniel Gritzer]

Za'atar, a Middle Eastern spice mixture most often made with sumac (a tart spice), sesame seeds, thyme, and oregano, gets a new starring role as a flavor for homemade popcorn. Best of all, it's incredibly easy: just sprinkle store-bought za-atar on the freshly popped corn and you're all set.

  • Yield:Makes about 8 cups
  • Active time: 5 minutes
  • Total time:5 minutes


  • 1/2 cup popcorn kernels, popped (about 8 cups popped)
  • 4 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1/4 cup store-bought za'atar spice blend (available at specialty food stores and Amazon)
  • Kosher salt


  1. 1.

    Place popped popcorn in a large mixing bowl and drizzle olive all over, tossing to coat evenly. Add za'atar, tossing to coat evenly. Season with salt and serve. Popcorn can be stored at room temperature in a zipper-lock bag overnight.