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Moroccan Tea with Za'atar (Wild Thyme) - Green Tea with Thyme


Moroccan Tea with Za'atar (Wild Thyme) - Green Tea with Thyme

Moroccan Green Tea with Za'atar

Photo © Christine Benlafquih

Wild thyme or oregano (za'atar) is native to Morocco and is used to season meats, tagines, bread and even tea. You can substitute regular oregano, thyme or marjoram, but the flavor will be a little bit different.

Most Moroccans prefer their tea quite sweet; adjust sugar to your own tastes. Note that the recipe's directions simplify the steeping process; to make the tea more traditionally, see the photo tutorial How to Make Moroccan Tea, knowing that you will substitute za'atar for the mint.

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 15 minutes

Yield: 2 to 4 servings


  • 1 tablespoon green tea leaves
  • 1 or 2 sprigs of fresh za'atar (or 1 to 2 teaspoons dried leaves)
  • 1/2 liter (about 2 cups) boiling water
  • 1/4 cup sugar


Boil some water. Rinse a small tea pot with about 1/4 cup of the water.

Add the tea leaves and another 1/4 cup boiling water. Swirl the pot to wash and rinse the leaves, and discard the water.

Add the za'atar and the sugar, and fill the pot with 1/2 liter (about 2 cups) boiling water. Leave the tea to steep for five minutes or longer.

Gently stir the tea, pour into small tea glasses and serve.

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