Making your own tahini at home is not only easy, it’s cost effective and super delicious!
This recipe requires just 2 ingredients, 20 minutes, and a food processor to prepare! Let’s do it!
What is Tahini?
Tahini is made by grinding sesame seeds into a smooth paste. Sometimes the sesame seeds are hulled, sometimes they’re left unhulled; sometimes roasted, sometimes raw. We like to use tahini to make dressings, soft serve, snack bites, stuffed dates, and SO many other dishes. The possibilities are endless!
Origin of Tahini
Tahini is an Arabic name for ground sesame seeds. However, its origins are thought to have been in Persia, where it was called “ardeh.” Tahini later found its way to Israel and was held as a delicacy as sesame seeds were rather expensive to procure. In some cultures, tahini was even used as currency. (source)
How to Make Tahini
Note: Our method is not traditional, but one of convenience as it relies on a food processor or blender. Learn more about traditional tahini preparation here.
Our inspired take starts with buying hulled white sesame seeds. We recommend buying them from grocery store bulk bins. We prefer hulled over unhulled seeds because they have a less bitter taste. However, unhulled sesame seeds provide more nutrition, so choose as you desire.
Grind the seeds in a food processor until they become a smooth and creamy paste. You’ll want a good food processor for this recipe! A high-speed blender will also work.
Or if store-bought is more your style, check out our store-bought tahini review!
We hope you LOVE this recipe! It’s:
& Super delicious!
Ways to Use It
Tahini is one of the most commonly used ingredients in our pantry. We’ve used it in nearly 50 recipes on our site so far! We enjoy it in sauces, dips, dressings, desserts, on veggies, and pretty much anywhere you might use nut butter.
Here are some more of our favorite recipes to get you started:
Quick Ginger Garlic Miso Dressing // Tahini Stuffed Dates // Mustard Green Cherry Salad with Nut Cheese & Tahini Dressing // Kumquat Kale Salad with Tahini Dressing // Sweet Potato Chickpea Buddha Bowl // Sweet Potato & Avocado Green Salad // 3-Ingredient Tahini Sauce for Everything // Super Cleansing Slaw with Rosemary Dressing //
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How To Make Tahini
- 2 cups hulled white sesame seeds
- 1-2 Tbsp avocado or olive oil
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (176 C), and arrange sesame seeds on a bare baking sheet. Bake for 10 minutes, or until slightly golden brown (being careful not to burn).
- Remove from oven and let cool for 5 minutes. Then add to a food processor and blend until smooth, adding avocado or olive oil to encourage blending. The amount of oil you need will depend on the freshness of your sesame seeds and the power of your food processor.
- Scoop into a jar or sealed container and store in the refrigerator up to 3-4 weeks.
*Recipe makes ~1 cup tahini.