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Tahini Sauce

This authentic tahini sauce is the best I’ve tasted (after many travels to the Middle East) and it’s easy to make with only a handful of ingredients. Just whisk together tahini, water, lemon juice, garlic, salt and cumin and drizzle it on falafels, kabobs and roasted vegetables.

See how easy it is to make, just watch the video below!

The Best Tahini Sauce Recipe

The best tahini sauce is creamy, tangy, garlicky, nutty and easy to make. While you can easily make variations on this sauce (which I’ll explain below) you can’t beat this classic, every day version.

I’ve enjoyed tahini sauce paired with a variety of foods while traveling Egypt, Israel and Jordan. It’s a staple item served at virtually every main meal in the Middle East and often accompanies falafel, hummus, baba ganoush, tabbouleh, lentil salads, roasted vegetables and more. When you’re dining mezze-style, you drizzle it, dip it and enjoy it on a variety of foods!

Tahini sauce in a small bowl next to falafel and tabbouleh salad.

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!

The ingredients for tahini sauce on a table.

Tahini sauce drizzled on falafel.

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 lemon 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!

5 from 16 votes

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

Prep Time: 5 mins
Total Time: 5 mins
Servings: 8 servings
Author: Lisa Bryan
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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!

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup tahini
  • 1/4 cup water, or more for a thinner consistency
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice, from about 2 freshly squeezed lemons
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • 1/4 tsp cumin

Instructions

  • 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. 

Nutrition

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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36 comments on “Tahini Sauce”

  1. Such a great recipe. My falafel loves it! Most recently I added generous amounts of parsley and cilantro (and therefore more water) to this recipe and have been using it as a sour cream substitute.

  2. Made tahini – best I’ve ever tasted!!!!thanks!!!

  3. Hi Lisa, I hope you are well. I love this recipe. May I ask how long I could store a batch in the fridge? You mentioned in the post that it can be stored for up to two weeks in the fridge and can also last for several months. Why the difference? And one more question. I read it somewhere that raw garlic, if mixed with olive oil and stored in the fridge, could cause botulism. I wonder if it’s ok to mix minced garlic with my homemade tahini which contains moderate amount of olive oil and store it in the fridge for my meal prep. Many thanks. 

    • Hi Lu – you can store this in the fridge for up to two weeks. The plain tahini will last for several months (I’ll fix that in the post). I’m not aware of any issues of botulism from raw garlic either. :)

  4. I love the Tahini recipe. My only gripe is that there are videos of other recipes that pop up n your sight that hogs all the bandwidth when I am trying t read a recipe. Ai cant seem to control whether I want them o pop up or not. It causes my screen o jump to various areas of the recipe or I simply cant scroll down the page to read the next step. Very frustration. I know I could pint the recipe, but I prefer to access it online. I am on a satellite internet cuz thats the only service available to me in the country meaning I don’t have enough  bandwidth to accommodate popup videos. Can you allow the user to control his feature?

    • Hi Kim – I completely understand! You can actually just exit out of the video that begins playing as you scroll so that it doesn’t get in the way :) Do let me know if you come across anymore technical issues.

  5. I love your step by step instructions, and your video is so helpful. I made the tahini sauce for the first time in my life, and it turned out great. Well, at least it looks like yours:)

    • Hi Irina – That’s awesome! I’m glad this recipe helped you create your first batch of tahini sauce perfectly :)

  6. Perfect flavor. I made it in my mini processor and it came out so beautifully smooth!

  7. I love Tahini sauce. It’s always so light and refreshing and good on so many different things.

    • Hi Krissy – It really is such a versatile sauce that tastes great with so many Mediterranean dishes!

  8. I’ve always wondered how to make Tahini, I didn’t realise it was this easy! Definitely giving it a go!

    • Hi Chris – Yep! It’s much easier than you think. Plus, this sauce is great for many recipes as a dipping or drizzle.

  9. Homemade is the best, and bonus points for an even better tasting tahini sauce than store-bought. :)

  10. Made the original recipe, but can’t wait to try the variations 

  11. This is quite tasty. Can you freeze it?

  12. Great recipe that is quick and tasty!

  13. I am so curious about you! You are amazing! I’ve just knew you since 1 week! I keep watching your videos! Your recipes are so delicious! You are inspiring me a lot for healthy and delicious food!
    Thank you for sharing with everyone, Lisa! 
    I wish you a good health and all the best things!

  14. This Tahini Sauce looks so creamy and delicious! Perfect for the Summer!

  15. Yum I didn’t realise this sauce could be so versatile! Now I want to try a little bit of ALL those variations and see what I love best. Great recipe, thank you!

  16. Aah I know what I’m missing in my pantry now! Need some homemade tahini, and I’m going to be trying this recipe soon!

  17. So delicious! I can see myself drizzling that on everything or just drinking it from a straw!

  18. Awesome recipe. Have to surely get some ready for my next party. Too delicious.