How To Make Tahini (2 Ingredients)

By Jessica Hylton - - Updated

How To Make Tahini with only two ingredients! The results are a smoky tahini that tastes amazing in dips.

Tahini in a glass jar.


Tahini is a paste that comes from the Middle East/Mediterranean and is normally rich and earthy. Today I want to show how super quick and easy my how to make tahini recipe is!

I love that it does not take long to make and the best part is – it’s inexpensive! Another cool feature of this recipe is – I only need to use two ingredients to make it. In today’s how to make tahini recipe I will be using sesame seeds and olive oil. For this recipe I used Bob Redmill’s large bag of sesame seeds.  I really like to toast the seeds on a baking sheet in the oven to add some rustic and earthy flavour.

Normally tahini is added to something! I have heard it gives so much flavour and depth to your hummus, your dips and spreads. Not only can it be added to these items but it is high in unsaturated fat (good fat). It also has a very high source of protein in comparison to  most nuts.  

I’ve had hummus for years now, and I finally decided to test it for myself with tahini .

Whaaat? I could not believe how the flavour profile was not only 10 times better, but the texture was so much creamier . Clearly, tahini isn’t something people would eat with a spoon however you can make a tahini dip or a baba ghanoush . The other day I made a yogurt dip out of greek yogurt, tahini, red pepper flakes and garlic.

Colour me happy.

Montage of tahini in a blender.

P.S. Here are some of the items I used to make this recipe if you’d like to use them too:



Side shot of tahini in a glass jar.

How To Make Tahini (2 Ingredients)

How To Make Tahini with only two ingredients! The results are a smoky tahini that tastes amazing in dips.
by: Jessica in the Kitchen
Prep Time 25 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 8 servings
Course Dips, Jams, Sauces, Dips & Spreads, spreads
Cuisine Middle Eastern
  • 16 oz sesame seeds I used an entire container of Bob's Red Mill Natural Brown Sesame Seeds 455 g
  • 3/4 cup olive oil


  • Preheat oven to 350 ° F/175 ° C.
  • Pour all the sesame seeds on a cookie sheet and spread over the entire sheet. Bake for 10 minutes - this process helps to toast the seeds and adds flavour.
  • Once finished, remove from baking sheet and allow to cool for 20 minutes.
  • Pour sesame seeds into your food processor or blender (I use my Ninja) and turn on, pulsing, then add the olive oil. Blend for about 2 minutes, until creamy, scraping down the edges every now and then.
HOW TO STORE                                                                                                                                                                                                  Tahini can be stored in a sealed jar in your fridge for up to a month. It also may separate but just simply stir it up for usage.
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Calories: 504kcal | Carbohydrates: 13g | Protein: 10g | Fat: 48g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Sodium: 7mg | Potassium: 265mg | Fiber: 7g | Sugar: 1g | Calcium: 553mg | Iron: 8mg
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  1. Eva Watson says:

    Nice idea, i am gonna try the same for my web site. thanks.

  2. claire says:

    Wow! Made some tahini yesterday and hummus today. It’s so good I want to lick the bowl. Thanks for this recipe.

    • Jessica says:

      Hi Claire,

      Yay! So happy to hear you enjoyed so much!! You’re so welcome!

  3. Rana says:

    5 stars
    The recipe is super easy. I’ll never buy tahini again. Thanks!

    • Gavin | Jessica in the Kitchen says:

      So happy to hear this Rana! Thanks so much for commenting.

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