Inspired by Manakeesh, this Quick Focaccia Recipe with za’atar Seasoning calls for just 3 ingredients to whip up the most mouthwatering side dish you’ll ever savor! Serve this beautifully seasoned bread with pasta, soup, and salad, or just use the fluffy focaccia to sop up your favorite olive oil.

Why You’ll Love This Quick Focaccia Recipe

Who doesn’t love a good bread side dish? Whether it’s Garlic Caprese Bread, Olive Cheese Bread, or Homemade Garlic Bread with Spinach and Artichokes, we can never get enough! However, lately, we’ve been completely obsessed with this quick focaccia recipe. Here are just a few reasons why: 

  • It uses just 3 ingredients
  • You can bake it in less than 30 minutes
  • Topped with za’atar seasoning, it’s loaded with savory flavor
  • One batch makes 14-16 servings, meaning it’s perfect for feeding a crowd. 

What Is Focaccia? 

Focaccia, pronounced fo-kah-cha, is a type of flatbread that is similar to pizza dough. It comes in many different variations and flavors and can be made either sweet or savory. Focaccia is believed to have been created in the Liguira providence of Italy and is flattened down to be roughly ½-1 inch thick. Made with a base of olive oil, herbs, and cheese, the flatbread is believed to have been a precursor for modern-day pizza but is still enjoyed throughout the world on its own.  

Ingredients You’ll Need

As mentioned, crafting this quick focaccia is a breeze with a mere 3 ingredients. It doesn’t get any simpler than this! Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Frozen Dinner Rolls – We use Rhodes dinner rolls to form the base of this quick focaccia recipe, but any plain, slightly sweet frozen rolls will do. 
  • Za’atar Seasoning – A unique Middle Eastern spice blend, za’atar is savory with just a hint of heat and makes this recipe unbelievably tasty. 
  • Extra Virgin Olive Oil – This helps the seasoning stick to the bread, adds a rich flavor, and helps it become golden and crisp. 

How to Make This Quick Focaccia Recipe

Thanks to the use of pre-made rolls, this focaccia comes together in a flash and requires no kneading. Here’s what to do: 

  1. Proof the Rolls. Arrange the rolls in a baking dish, leaving space between each piece. Brush each roll with olive oil, and cover the baking sheet with saran wrap. Set it aside in a cool, dry place until the bread has doubled in size. 
  2. Season. In a small bowl, combine the olive oil and za’atar. Drizzle the mixture on top of the rolls. Then, use your fingers to press the dough down, creating indentions in the brad. 
  3. Bake. Place the baking sheet in the oven, letting the focaccia bake until the bread is golden brown, and serve warm.
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Serving Suggestions

Indulge in the scrumptiousness of this quick focaccia as a standalone snack or use it to build a sophisticated sandwich. It’s also an excellent companion to all your favorite main dishes, rounding out a satisfying and flavorful meal! Here are some of our top pairings:

How to Store 

This quick focaccia recipe is best served right away while it’s still warm. However, if you happen to have leftovers or want to prepare it in advance, this focaccia can be placed in an airtight container and stored at room temperature for up to 2-3 days

Or, for a longer-lasting option, flash-freeze the baked rolls by placing them on a baking sheet in the freezer until they’re solid. Then, transfer them to a sealable bag, squeeze out any excess air, and keep them frozen for up to 1 month

To enjoy, simply heat your rolls in the oven either thawed or frozen until your desired temperature is reached. Just be careful to keep an eye on them so they don’t burn! 

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Quick Focaccia Recipe with Za'atar Seasoning

Quick Focaccia Recipe with Za’atar Seasoning

4.50 from 2 votes
Author: Food Dolls
Servings: 12 -14 servings
Prep: 5 minutes
Inspired by Manakeesh, this Quick Focaccia Recipe with Za’atar Seasoning uses just 3 ingredients to create the most delicious savory side dish you’ll ever taste!


  • 14-16 Rhodes dinner rolls frozen
  • 1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil + more for brushing
  • 1/4 cup za’atar seasoning


  • In a large buttered 13×9 baking dish, arrange 14-16 frozen dinner rolls, leaving approximately 1/2 inch space between each roll. Lightly brush each frozen roll with olive oil. Cover with saran wrap, and set aside to rise for 4-6 hours.
    14-16 Rhodes dinner rolls
  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Once the bread has risen and doubled in size, remove the saran wrap.
  • In a bowl, whisk together the za’atar seasoning and olive oil. Drizzle the mixture on top of the rolls.
    1/4 cup za’atar seasoning, 1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil + more for brushing
  • Using fingertips, press indentions into the bread.
  • Bake 20-25 minutes or until the bread is golden brown. Keep a close eye on it so as not to overbake!
  • Serve warm.
  • Store in an airtight container for 2-3 days.


Serving: 1serving | Calories: 203kcal | Carbohydrates: 26g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 6g | Sodium: 264mg | Potassium: 120mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 84IU | Vitamin C: 0.1mg | Calcium: 167mg | Iron: 4mg

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

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  1. 5 stars
    Wow. Just wow. This was so easy and so delicious!!! I used the za’atar that I picked up in Morocco several years ago. I might have to go back for more!