Tahini sauce

Tahini sauce

By Food E Fare

Tahini sauce is a creamy condiment made from tahini, which is a paste made from ground sesame seeds. Tahini is a common ingredient in Middle Eastern and Mediterranean cuisines and is known for its rich, nutty flavor. Tahini sauce is a versatile accompaniment that can be used in various dishes, both savory and sweet. Here's a basic recipe for traditional tahini sauce:


  • 1/2 cup tahini paste
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 3 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • Salt to taste
  • Optional: 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • Optional: Chopped fresh parsley for garnish


Whisk Tahini and Water:

  • In a bowl, whisk together tahini paste and water until smooth. The mixture may initially seize up, but continue whisking until it becomes creamy.

Add Lemon Juice and Garlic:

  • Add lemon juice and minced garlic to the tahini mixture. Whisk until well combined.

Adjust Consistency:

  • If the tahini sauce is too thick, you can add more water, one tablespoon at a time, until you reach the desired consistency.

Season with Salt:

  • Season the tahini sauce with salt to taste. Mix well.

Optional: Add Olive Oil:

  • If desired, you can drizzle in extra virgin olive oil while whisking to add richness to the sauce.

Garnish (Optional):

  • Garnish the tahini sauce with chopped fresh parsley for a burst of freshness.


  • Tahini sauce can be served immediately or refrigerated for a short time before use. It's a great accompaniment for falafel, grilled meats, roasted vegetables, salads, or as a dip for pita bread.


Tahini sauce is not only savory but also adds a delightful nuttiness to dishes. It's a key component in popular dishes like hummus and baba ganoush and is a go-to sauce in many Mediterranean recipes. Depending on personal taste preferences, variations may include additional ingredients such as yogurt, cumin, or paprika.

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