Tahini Sauce

Tahini Sauce

How to Make Tahini Sauce

The main ingredient in tahini sauce is tahini, which made from ground sesame seeds (and tahini itself has an interesting history). Here’s how you make the sauce at home:

Start with the freshest ingredients, including a high-quality tahini (you’ve seen my homemade tahini recipe, right?), freshly squeezed lemons (no bottled lemon juice) and minced garlic (no garlic powder). With only a handful of ingredients, you’ll get the most powerful and robust flavor from fresh ingredients.Whisk the tahini sauce ingredients together, until it’s creamy and smooth. When you first start whisking you’ll noticed some separation, due to the water. Don’t worry, just keep whisking. After another minute or so, it’ll come back together for an ultra-creamy sauce.Taste it and make any variations based on your personal flavor preferences. Want it tangier? Add more lemon. Want it spicier? Add some cayenne powder. Want it green? Add some herbs.Use it immediately or store for up to two weeks in the fridge. This recipe makes a little more than one cup of sauce, so you should have plenty to enjoy!

Tahini Sauce Variations

Green Tahini Sauce: Add your favorite green herbs, such as parsley, cilantro, dill or mint, along with the tahini sauce to a food processor and pulse until smooth.

Spicy Tahini Sauce: Whisk in some cayenne powder, chili powder, za’atar spice or a little more cumin. You could also blend the tahini sauce in a food processor with a jalapeno or serrano pepper for that spicy kick.

Garlic Tahini Sauce: If you’re a garlic lover, you could always add another clove or two of minced garlic. For or a sweeter, milder garlic flavor you could roast a whole head of garlic and then add that to a food processor with the tahini sauce and blend until creamy.

Tahini Dressing: I’ve shown you how to make this lemon tahini dressing or maple mustard tahini dressing before, and it’s simply a thinner version of this classic recipe. The thinner consistency makes it perfect to drizzle on all your favorite salads.

After you’ve made a batch of this sauce, make sure to store it properly. Keep it in the fridge in a sealed container. It’ll last for up to 2 weeks!

The BEST Tahini Sauce Recipe (How to Make Tahini Sauce)

4.97 from 30 votes Prep: 5 minutes Total: 5 minutes Servings: 8 servings Author: Lisa BryanPrintPinReviewSaveSaved


Tahini sauce is made from tahini, water, lemon juice, garlic, salt and cumin. Just whisk it together and drizzle it on your favorite Middle Eastern recipes. Watch how easy it is to make on the video above!



½ cup tahini¼ cup water, or more for a thinner consistency¼ cup lemon juice, from about 2 freshly squeezed lemons2 garlic cloves, minced½ tsp sea salt¼ tsp cumin


Add all of the ingredients to a mixing bowl.Whisk everything together until it’s creamy. It may look a bit separated at first, but keep whisking until it’s creamy. Alternatively, you could add all of the ingredients to a food processor and blend together.Taste and adjust any flavors as desired. Use immediately or store in an air-tight storage container for up to two weeks in the fridge.

Lisa’s Tips

If you use store-bought tahini, I recommend an organic brand like Kevala or Artisana.But don’t forget that it’s easy to make tahini at home, especially if you have a Vitamix blender. Check out my Tahini Recipe and video for more information. 


Calories: 92kcal | Carbohydrates: 4g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 151mg | Potassium: 77mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 10IU | Vitamin C: 3.8mg | Calcium: 23mg | Iron: 0.7mg Course: sauce Cuisine: Middle Eastern, North African Keyword: How to Make Tahini Sauce, Tahini Sauce, Tahini Sauce Recipe

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