Grilled Steak with Za’atar


Grilled Steak with Za'atar

There are so many things to enjoy about steak... This one takes advantage of za'atar seasoning, a Middle Eastern spice blend,  that is a delicious combination of sesame, thyme, and sumac! It isn't overpowering but just adds an extra savory depth of flavor.
Keyword grilled steak with za'atar
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Resting Time 10 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 4
Author Ian Wickman


  • 1 batch za'atar seasoning This simple recipe is from Gourmet magazine 2002 (via Epicurious)
  • 4 each filet mignon steaks (about 6 - 8 ounces each)


  • Take your steaks out of the refrigerator ahead of time, I like them to sit for about 30 minutes at room temperature before I throw them on the grill.
  • Sprinkle with salt and pepper (note the za'atar seasoning also has a little salt so don't go crazy!)
  • Start your grill to get it nice and hot for searing the steaks.
  • Sear your steaks for about 2 minutes on the first side (this is for roughly 1 1/2 inch steaks, you may need a little more time for thicker steaks).
  • Flip your steaks and sprinkle with the za'atar spices and then sear for another 2 minutes or so. Meanwhile, close down the grill a bit if you're cooking with coals. You can wait to turn down if you're cooking with gas.
  • Flip again and sprinkle with the za'atar spice again. Cook for another 4 - 6 minutes for a nice medium rare, flipping once in the middle of that time. Medium will need a couple more minutes, and so on.
  • Use an instant read thermometer to measure the internal temperature of the steaks for whether they cooked correctly for your tastes.
  • Take the steaks off the grill and let rest for about 10 minutes. You can sprinkle with a bit more za'atar if you like!


This couldn't be a simpler way to cook these steaks but adds a beautiful depth of Middle Eastern flavor a great way to change up your steaks if you're looking for something a little different!


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