This 3-ingredient recipe makes a great substitute for the tart, slightly bitter dried red spice traditionally used in Middle Eastern cooking.

Lemon zest by itself also works as a sub—or Za'atar (a Middle Eastern spice blend that contains Sumac) if you can find it at your grocery store.

Try it in Richard Blais' Persian Street-Food Inspired Ground Beef Kebabs.


  • 1 lemon, zested (about 1 tablespoon zest)
  • 1 tablespoon black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon salt


Serves: Makes about 2 tablespoons


Mix all ingredients.