Easy Za’atar Bread at Home


Za’atar bread: a savoury flatbread slathered with a za’atar/oil/salt topping.  It’s a delicious take out from my local middle eastern bakery (and they even warm it up for you to go) and I buy some every time I go shopping there.  Yummy substitute for plain old pita to serve with hummus or other dip.


Store-bought za’atar bread

However, I can’t always make it to the bakery and I thought I would make some at home.  Originally, I was going to actually make the flatbread for this blogpost and my sister said, “why don’t you find an shortcut that people would try and prepare themselves?”.  And I thought this through and decided she was right!

The only ingredients you need are olive oil, za’atar, salt and a couple pieces of naan.  I keep naan in my freezer for an Indian meal, and therefore always have it available.

I have made a homemade za’atar version in a previous post a while back  ( Z is for Za’atar) but the store-bought mix works just fine.


easy ingredients to have in pantry and freezer

This recipe is more of a guideline, as there is a lot of personal preference involved.  My personal preference is loads of za’atar on top of my bread.  I mixed 1/4 cup of za’atar with a 1/4 cup of olive oil and added a teaspoon of salt.  That’s it.


mix equal amounts of za’atar and olive oil

Brush it onto the bread as thinly or thickly as you like it.  The picture of store-bought above is a little sparser than my version below.  As you can see, I used up all my mixture on two pieces of naan.  Place on a baking sheet in a pre-heated 350°F oven to warm through and make a little toasty.


smear the za’atar oil thickly on naan

Don’t walk away — check on the bread to ensure that it doesn’t get overdone or burnt, between 5 and 10 minutes.


warm and toasty after baking

Smells delicious — still warm.  I cut my homemade za’atar bread into wedges and serve with hummus.  An easy shortcut and you don’t always have to have that bakery version.  Enjoy.


za’atar bread wedges served with hummus

Easy Za'atar Bread

2 naan
1/4 cup za’atar mix
1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
1 tsp. salt

  1. Mix za’atar, oil and salt together.  Brush as much as you’d like onto the naan.
  2. In a preheated 350°F oven, bake the breads for 5-10 minutes, watching constantly and ensure it does not burn.
  3. Remove from oven, cut into wedges and serve warm or at room temperature with hummus or other dip.



  1. Yummy,, so easy and delicious! Especially with hummous

    1. It is delicious…just love sharing these shortcuts!

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