Dukkah is that sandy stuff you sometimes get served with bread and olive oil when you go out for dinner. Rest assured it isn’t sand, but a mix of seeds, spices and nuts…which means dukkah is something I have to steer clear of.

That was until I made my own nut free dukkah.


Glass jar filled with middle eastern condiment called dukkah


Seriously, this just involved a simple swap out of the nuts for some toasted pumpkin and sunflower seeds. Too easy.

OK, if you have read this far and are asking yourself, what the heck do I even do with dukkah, here are some ideas:

  • The classic fresh bread dipped in olive oil and dukkah as an appetiser or snack
  • Sprinkled on salad
  • Sprinkled on eggs
  • To make a crust on chicken or fish
  • Toss through roasted vegetables or sprinkle over greens
  • Add some crunch to your hummus or dip
  • Mix it through your smashed avo

I am sure you will come up with many more once you have made up a batch. It keeps best in the fridge – use a little or a lot, it is totally up to you!


Small white bowl filled with cumin and coriander seeds measured out to make nut free dukkah


Fry pan with sunflower and pumpkin seeds in it that have been toasted to make nut free dukkah


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Small wooden bowl filled with nut free dukkah. In the background is some sliced sourdough bread and a bowl of olive oil

Nut Free Dukkah

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  • Author: Nina Mills
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 5 minutes
  • Total Time: 10 minutes
  • Yield: 120 grams 1x
  • Category: Condiments
  • Cuisine: Middle Eastern


A simple swap of nuts for toasted pumpkin and sunflower seeds makes this middle eastern dukkah safe for people with a nut allergy.


  • 1 teaspoon coriander seeds
  • 1 teaspoon cumin seed
  • ¼ cup pumpkin seeds
  • ½ cup sunflower seeds
  • ¼ cup sesame seeds
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 tablespoon sumac


  1. In a medium frypan over medium heat, toast coriander and cumin seeds until fragrant, then pour into food processor
  2. In the same frypan, toast pumpkin and sunflower seeds until golden. Add these to the food processor
  3. Blend together until a coarse powder
  4. Stir through sesame seeds, salt, pepper and sumac and then transfer to an airtight glass jar. Store in the fridge until ready to use

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Small wooden bowl filled with nut free dukkah. In the background is some sliced sourdough bread and a bowl of olive oil


Foreground is a piece of sourdough that has been dipped in olive oil and nut free dukkah. In the background are the bowls of nut free dukkah and olive oil and sliced bread.


How would you use dukkah?