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Awhile back, my sister gave me the Chef’s Daughter World Traveler Gift Collection Travel Spice Kit – 12 Artisan Spice Blends. This gift was right up my alley! I’m so thrilled to try out every one of the various spices!
The kit includes Lebanese Za’atar, pronounced “zah-tar,” which is a supremely aromatic spice blend. Za’atar typically includes salt, sesame, thyme, sumac, and other spices. I have had sumac before and I love it! Sumac is beautiful in color, and tastes tangy and citrusy. When I found that the Lebanese Za’atar included sumac, I just had to give it a try!
Lebanese Za’atar is a wonderful seasoning for seafood. Therefore, I decided to try it with tilapia. This dish is incredibly simple, quick, and delicately flavored. Consequently you can really enjoy the flavors of the Za’atar and the tilapia. The tilapia paired well with pearled couscous. I used a Pearled Couscous Mix, (Roasted Garlic and Olive Oil flavored), by Near East which was delicious. Warmed pita bread is also a wonderful option. And hummus would be a great addition as well!
Above all, take time to inhale the aromatic Lebanese Za’atar. And practice pronouncing Za’atar (“zah-tar”) until it just rolls off the tongue 🙂
In conclusion, I hope you will try this Lebanese Za’atar Spiced Tilapia soon. Enjoy this taste of the Middle East tonight!
Lebanese Za’atar Tilapia
- 1 lb tilapia filets or loins
- 1 tbsp Lebanese Za’atar
- 2 tbsp olive oil
- pinch salt to taste
- 2 tbsp parsley minced, for garnish
- Heat up 2 tbsp of olive oil (med high) in a non stick skillet.
- Liberally season both sides of the 1 lb of tilapia filets or loins with the Lebanese Za’atar spice.
- Add the seasoned tilapia to the skillet, and pan fry each side for approximately 4 minutes, until the fish flakes easily with a fork.
- Add minced parsley to garnish, and a pinch of salt to taste (only if desired, but not necessary)