Za’atar Salmon Skewers Recipe by M&S

With its exquisite balance of herby, tangy and nutty favours, za’atar is a fantastically versatile spice blend. Its aromatic mix of thyme, sesame seeds and sumac make a magical marinade that’s perfect for giving fish or chicken an exotic Middle Eastern twist – as in our chef Jon Jones’s recipe, below.

We also love it combined with oil, lemon juice and fresh parsley, stirred through a chickpea or grain salad. Or just mix it with olive oil and serve with bread for a simple appetiser to share with friends.

Za’atar Salmon and Courgette Skewers with Harissa Yogurt
Ready in 15 minutes, plus marinating

Serves 4

1 tbsp za’atar
1 garlic clove, grated
Zest of 1 lemon, plus 1 lemon cut into 4 wedges, to serve
1 tbsp olive oil
260g salmon fllet, cut into 16 chunks
1 courgette, cut into 16 slices
100g full-fat yogurt
25g harissa paste

1. In a bowl mix together the za’atar, garlic, half the lemon zest, the olive oil and a pinch of salt. Add the salmon and courgette, and leave to marinate for at least an hour.
2. Mix together the yogurt, the remaining lemon zest and a pinch of salt. Swirl through the harissa paste, then set aside.
3. Thread the salmon and courgette on to 4 skewers.
4. Place a griddle pan on a high heat. When hot, cook the salmon skewers for 2 minutes, then turn and cook for a further 2 minutes.
5. Serve with the harissa yogurt and lemon wedges on the side.

All ingredients are available from Marks & Spencer




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