Middle Eastern Food

Easy to make Manakish (مناقيش)


Manakish مناقيش‎‎

Manakish is a delicious middle eastern style pizza with a twist.  This middle eastern take on pizza has zaatar!  It’s known as a breakfast food in Lebanon but it can really be eaten during any meal of the day.  There are a lot of recipes online for Manakish  but they require a lot of time & patience. If you’re like me, a work-a-holic, and do not have 3+ hours to waste in the kitchen than make this simple & delicious 30 minute Manakish instead.

Super easy semi-homemade Manakish

  • Difficulty: easy
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  • 1 pillsbury Pizza Crust
  • 1/4 cup pre-made zaatar (ziyad brand)
    • You can buy a bag of zaatar at middle-eastern store for 2-3 dollars. You can also get from Amazon but it’s a bit more expensive.
  • 2 Tbsp olive oil (may need more to get a spreadable texture)
  • White cheese (use as much or as little as you like)
  • 1 TBSP Butter
  • Pinch of Black seeds
  • Pinch Salt for taste
  • Optional: Pinch of Sesame seeds (zaatar has sesame seeds included in mix)


1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees

2. Take out the pizza crust and cut it into circles – you can
make anywhere from 4-6 circles depending on size.

3. Mix together zaatar and olive oil together to get it to a
spreadable texture.

4. Spread the zaatar mixture over each bread (as much or as
little as you like)

5. Add the mozzarella cheese on top.


Manakish مناقيش‎‎

6. Sprinkle over the cheese a pinch of salt, black seeds, and
sesame seeds.

7. Melt the better and spread it around the edges of each

8. Bake on a baking sheet until edges are brown and cheese is
melted. (15-20 mins).

Optional: Place in broiler at the end to brown for 30 seconds
(depends on broiler – mine is very hot and it will burn if in
there for over 1 minute- always eye ball it).

Serve with Labna and cucumbers and boom! (bil hana wish shifa’!) بالهنا و الشفاء!


4 replies »

  1. Thanks for sharing such a simple recipe! 🙂 I’ve always wondered what the difference is between manakish and fatayer, still haven’t found out but they’re both delicious! 🙂 I’ll be trying out this recipe, love the combination of cheese esp mozzarella and zaatar 😉 thanks for sharing!

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