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Grilled Za’atar Pork Loin from Zestuous

One of the best ways to take a food journey is to travel the spice aisle in your local grocery. I’ve been so impressed with the ethnic selections in recent years, especially at Whole Foods.

You no longer have to buy a big jar of something you might only use once. Whole Foods sells small ½-ounce boxes of spices, so you can sample them without breaking the bank.

My latest spice experiment was with zaatar. It’s a Middle Eastern combination of toasted sesame seeds, thyme, sumac, marjoram, savory and salt. Its offers tones of nuttiness along with a bright freshness.

I combined it with mayonnaise, smoked paprika and garlic powder and rubbed it on a pork loin. Then, I grilled it up to create a nice char.

In about 20 minutes, it was perfectly juicy and crusted with flavor.

Grilled Za’atar Pork Loin from Zestuous

You’ll probably have a little zaatar leftover. No worries. It’s great sprinkled on pita bread with a little olive oil.

Enjoy your culinary journey.

5 from 1 vote

Grilled Zaatar Pork Loin

This grilled zaatar pork loin seasoned with Middle Eastern spices was cooked in just over 20 minutes. Perfectly moist crusted with flavor.
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 21 minutes
Total Time: 26 minutes
Servings: 4


  • 1 pork tenderloin
  • 1/3 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 tsp zaatar
  • ¼ tsp garlic powder
  • ¼ tsp smoked paprika
  • ¼ tsp salt


  • Combine the mayonnaise and spices in a bowl.
    Grilled Za’atar Pork Loin from Zestuous
  • Smear the mayo mixture over the pork loin.
    Grilled Za’atar Pork Loin from Zestuous
  • Heat the grill to high. Place the pork loin on the grill and close the grill. Grill for 7 minutes.
    Grilled Za’atar Pork Loin from Zestuous
  • Turn the loin over. Reclose the grill, and grill for another 7 minutes. Turn the grill off, and leave the loin in the grill with the lid closed for 5-7 minutes, until the internal temperature of the meat reaches 145 degrees F.
    Grilled Za’atar Pork Loin from Zestuous
  • Slice and serve.
    Grilled Za’atar Pork Loin from Zestuous


Calories: 673kcalCarbohydrates: 0.5gProtein: 94gFat: 30gSaturated Fat: 8gPolyunsaturated Fat: 11gMonounsaturated Fat: 9gTrans Fat: 0.2gCholesterol: 303mgSodium: 500mgPotassium: 1793mgFiber: 0.2gSugar: 0.1gVitamin A: 92IUVitamin C: 0.1mgCalcium: 34mgIron: 5mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American, Middle Eastern
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Christie Vanover

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Hi. I’m Christie, the head cook and award-winning competitive pitmaster for Team Girls Can Grill. I have won multiple grand championships and have dozens of top ten category finishes. People know me as the girl who is forever hovering over a grill, smoker or campfire with tongs in one hand and a glass of wine in the other.

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