Easy Homemade Tahini Paste: A foolproof vegan recipe that takes 5 minutes and 2 ingredients to make! This creamy, rich and luxurious tahini paste is irreplaceable in hummus and is widely used for salad dressings and roasted vegetables.
To make a homemade tahini paste you just need two ingredients and five minutes. Sounds too good to be true? Well, it is crazy but it’s real.
It is often hard to find tahini paste in supermarkets. It can be quite pricey, too.
Forget about ready-made paste! Homemade condiments always taste better and are much more cost effective. Moreover, you control what ingredients you consume.
What Is Tahini Paste?
Tahini paste is a food staple in many countries, especially in the Middle East and Mediterranean and it’s slowly making its way into the Western world.
It is made of sesame seeds and oil, so you can’t go wrong with making it at home and I’ll show you exactly how.
You probably know tahini paste as an essential ingredient for hummus but you’ll be surprised how far beyond its usage goes. Tahini might become your new peanut butter!
Differences Between Tahini and Tahini Sauce
Tahini paste is not the same as tahini sauce or dressing. You use tahini paste to make tahini sauce along with garlic, lemon juice or maybe yogurt. Here are is a fabulous tahini sauce and tahini salad dressing that you should try once you’ve made the tahini paste.
Does Tahini Go Bad?
Store-bought tahini paste can last for over a year on the shelf, and about 5 to 6 months after opening (refrigerated). Homemade tahini has a shorter shelf life. You can store it for up to 1 month in the fridge.
You’ll need two ingredients: Sesame seeds and olive oil. You most likely already have them in your pantry.
What Does Tahini Taste Like?
Good tahini tastes rich, nutty and a bit tangy. I could eat it with a spoon straight from a jar (or blender) 😊
It has creamy and smooth consistency just like nut butters and can be used for both sweet and savory dishes.
Tahini paste is a nutritious powerhouse. It’s just as good for you as it is delicious.
Sesame seeds have numerous health benefits. They are rich in nutrients, natural oils (omega 3 ad omega 6), vitamins, minerals and organic compounds, including protein, fiber, thiamin, vitamin B6, copper, manganese, calcium, magnesium, zinc and many more.
Tahini paste is a mixture of sesame seeds and olive oil, which is known by its salutary effect on the human body. Together they work as a metabolism and immune booster.
Is It Vegan?
It is 100% plant-based and vegan.
Is It Gluten Free?
Sesame seeds themselves are gluten free but make sure you purchase high quality sesame seeds that are labeled as gluten free, otherwise they might contain traces of gluten.
Tahini paste tastes great by itself but most commonly it is used in hummus. My current favorite is Roasted Beetroot Hummus that I highly recommend you to try.
You can use it not only for hummus but also for other creamy dips, like Baba Ghanoush which is an incredibly delicious eggplant dip.
Tahini paste is a perfect dip for flat breads and pita. You can make these delicious pita pockets with roasted veggies and hummus with a glass of refreshing ayran that make for a great portable lunch!
Moreover, tahini paste widely used as a condiment for fresh and roasted vegetables. Not to mention Middle Eastern recipes like falafel and falafel burgers.
You can add it in noodle dishes, stir-fries, homemade bread, pesto, cookies, chocolate fudge and brownies to give them a nutty flavor.
Use it in salad dressings, just mix it with lemon juice, olive oil, salt and pepper and you’ll have an ultimate salad dressing for almost any salad. Here is a very healthy option for you: Healthy Quinoa Bowls with Kale, Carrots and Tahini Turmeric Dressing.
Recipes With Tahini
Here is a collection of 82 unique, delicious and healthy recipes with tahini that will surely give you some inspiration to make the most out of your tahini jar. All recipes are vegetarian or vegan with many gluten-free options. This collection includes:
- Sauces and dips with tahini,
- Main courses and sides with tahini,
- Breakfast dishes and snacks,
- Drinks and smoothies
- Desserts with tahini.
How to Make Homemade Tahini Paste
Homemade tahini is usually made from raw, hulled, unhulled, sprouted, or toasted sesame seeds. Unhulled sesame seeds contain more nutrients and have a richer taste.
To make the taste even more intense I like to toast the sesame seeds. #
Afterwards, I blend them using a high-speed food processor or blender adding a bit of olive oil and salt to taste. That’s it! It’s that easy.
If you haven’t tried homemade tahini paste, you should. Check the recipe and the video below for precise instructions. If you can’t see the video, disable your AdBlock for this page by clicking on the AdBlock button and selecting Don’t run on this page. Enjoy the recipe!
Next time you make hummus, don’t rush to the grocery store to buy a jar of tahini paste. It’s so much tastier, faster and cheaper to make it by yourself! Have you tried it yet?
Easy Homemade Tahini Paste (2 ingredients!)
- 1 cup or 170 g unhulled sesame seeds or any other kind
- 4-5 tablespoons olive oil
- kosher salt to taste
- Toast the unhulled sesame in a large frying pan over medium heat until golden, stirring occasionally (about 3 minutes).
- Transfer to a high-speed food processor or blender and blend until smooth, gradually adding olive oil. The more powerful is your food processor, the less oil you'll need. Add salt to taste. Enjoy!
Other Tahini Recipes You’ll Love:
- Creamy Vegan Buddha Bowl Dressing
- Roasted Beetroot Hummus with Pita Chips
- Pita Pockets with Roasted Veggies and Hummus
- Crispy Baked Falafel
Friday 1st of May 2020
I don’t see a recipe nor video...what’s the ratio of sesame seeds to olive oil, please? I want to try and then make your Buddha bowl dressing. Thanks in advance!
Friday 1st of May 2020
I fixed it now, so you should be able to see the recipe now. Let me know if it still doesn't work! Hope you enjoy it!
Thursday 30th of May 2019
Fantastic tahini paste - I can't believe it requires only 2 ingredients! It will be safe to assume that it can't get any better :-)
Friday 31st of May 2019
Who could have thought making your own tahini paste is so easy? Thank you, Helena!
Friday 11th of March 2016
I had no idea I could make this so easily? Seriously, i make hummus all the time and always buy it. I just know its going to taste so much better when I make it fresh!
Friday 11th of March 2016
Thank you, Michele! It was a new discovery for me as well! I'm glad it was useful :)
Cecilie @A Story of Freedom
Monday 21st of December 2015
Such a good idea to make the tahini yourself! Do you find that this home made tahini tastes better than store bough one? Thanks for the recipe!
Tuesday 22nd of December 2015
Thank you Cecilie! To me it tastes better than the store bought one, yet I can be sure it doesn't contain any additives.