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Manakish Zaatar Recipe (Manakeesh)

Manakish zaatar is a delicious Middle Eastern flatbread topped with zaatar. Learn how to make this delicious zaatar bread from scratch with just a few ingredients. 
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Rising time1 hr
Total Time1 hr 30 mins
Course: Basic, Snack
Cuisine: middle eastern
Servings: 8
Calories: 295kcal


  • 2 ½ cup all purpose flour
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 1 tablespoon instant yeast
  • 1 cup warm water
  • 2 tbsp olive oil extra to brush on the bread


  • cup olive oil
  • ½ cup zaatar


  • Mix the flour with salt and instant yeast in a large bowl or the bowl of a stand mixer with a dough hook. Add the warm water and olive oil to the flour mixture and mix well until it forms into a dough. Knead for 7 to 10 minutes until the dough is not very sticky anymore. 
  • Place the dough ball in a clean bowl and add 1 tablespoon of olive oil. Move the dough around so it's coated with olive oil on all sides. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and a kitchen towel. Place the bowl in a draft free place such as an off oven or microwave and let it rise for 1 hour, until the dough is doubled in size.
  • Meanwhile, make the topping by mix the zaatar and olive oil in a small bowl and set it aside.
  • Preheat the oven to 425°F. Place a pizza stone or a baking sheet on the middle rack in the oven.
  • Punch the dough knead it for 2 to 3 minutes. Divide the dough into 8 pieces and shape each piece into a ball.
  • Roll out a piece of dough into ½ inch thick. Place it on a parchment paper. Spread a thin layer of the zaatar olive oil mix on top and leave about ½ inch margin.
  • Place the parchment paper on the pizza stone/baking sheet in the oven. Bake for 10 minutes. Repeat this process with the remaining dough pieces.
  • Keep the manakeesh zaatar under a kitchen towel to stay warm and soft.



  • Make sure your yeast is not expired otherwise it won't proof. In this manakish recipe I have used instant yeast which can be added directly to the dry ingredients. 
  • You can easily freeze zaatar manakish. After they completely cool down, layer them with parchment papers and wrap tightly in a plastic wrap. You can thaw them in the fridge overnight or in the oven at 325 degrees F for 10 minutes. 
  • These are best served fresh, however, you can store the leftovers in a sealed plastic bag in the fridge for up to 7 days. 
  • You can serve manakeesh with labneh and feta cheese for a complete breakfast. 


Calories: 295kcal | Carbohydrates: 39g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 14g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 9g | Sodium: 155mg | Potassium: 167mg | Fiber: 7g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 562IU | Vitamin C: 7mg | Calcium: 286mg | Iron: 20mg