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Photo: Maren Caruso; Styling: Nissa Quanstrom
Total time 25 mins
Yield Makes 1 cup (serving size: 1 tbsp.)
Once you've made this fragrant, nutty Egyptian seasoning blend from chef Matthew Dillon of Sitka & Spruce in Seattle, you can keep it on hand to add eastern Mediterranean flair to all sorts of dishes. Sprinkle it over olive oil for an addictive bread dunk, toss it into green salad with orange slices, or scatter it generously over cooked squash or cauliflower. Keeps airtight up to 1 month. 


  • 6 tablespoons sesame seeds
  • 1/4 cup coriander seeds
  • 1 tablespoon cumin seeds
  • 1/4 cup roasted, salted pistachios
  • 2 tablespoons roasted hazelnuts
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon peppercorns

Nutrition Information

  • calories 39
  • caloriesfromfat 74 %
  • protein 1.3 g
  • fat 3.2 g
  • satfat 0.4 g
  • carbohydrate 2.4 g
  • fiber 1.4 g
  • sodium 75 mg
  • cholesterol 0.0 mg

How to Make It

  1. Toast sesame seeds in a small frying pan over medium-low heat until golden, 5 minutes. Pour into a bowl. Toast coriander and cumin seeds in pan until cumin is a shade darker, 2 to 3 minutes; pour into bowl. Let cool.

  2. Grind seeds coarsely part at a time in a spice grinder or mortar with pistachios, hazelnuts, salt, and peppercorns.