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

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


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.

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

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



How To Make Tahini (2 Ingredients)

How To Make Tahini (2 Ingredients)

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Serves: 2 cups
Category: Dips
  • 16 oz/455 g sesame seeds (I used an entire container of Bob's Red Mill Natural Brown Sesame Seeds)
  • 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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  1. What a great recipe, Jessica! I’ve been wanting to make my own hummus for such a long time now, but know that often requires tahini. I had no idea how easy this was to make! So now I definitely get a start on some home-made hummus!

    • Jessica says:

      Thanks Gayle! I hope you try it and LOVE it!

      • Sunil Shegaonkar says:

        Tahini has too much oil. Say in a 500 gm sesame seeds, there is about 180 gms oil.
        When I buy Tahini from grocery store, I cannot know what and how much oil is used.
        They place a label saying made from 100% Sesame seeds. So I do not buy it, because of insufficient info.

  2. I’ve never actually cooked with tahini before but you’ve inspired me! That yogurt dip sounds amazing.

  3. oooooh how cool! I need to make hummus for a fam gathering and maybe I should make the tahini instead of buying it!

    • Jessica says:

      You should Kayle! Crazy easy, it makes a ton, and tastes great in hummus.

  4. Patty says:

    I had no idea this was so easy. I use tahini in my homemade hummus, but it only requires a little bit. How do you store this and how long will it last?

    • Jessica says:

      Hey Patty,

      I store mine in a mason jar but any sealed jar will work, and it will last for, well, a very long time. I don’t store mine in the refrigerator and it lasts at least 2 months, but I’m quite sure it could last very even longer, since the ingredients themselves won’t expire for years.

  5. Diana says:

    I love Tahini! I live in Jordan and it can be found in any supermarket here (Tahini paste), to use we just add a little bit of water and lemon juice… Plus salt and garlic if desired! I just made a post about Mtabbal yesterday (have you tried it yet? it’s so good) and I’m planning to make Baba ghannoush tomorrow! I love Middle Eastern food! Oh we also add it to a simple salad that’s made from tomatoes, cucumbers, garlic and sometimes greens, as well as falafel sandwiches! 🙂

    • Jessica says:

      Hey Diana! Haha I have baba ghannoush coming up soon too! :D. I need to Mtabbal it sounds delicious!! I am a Middle Eastern food fanatic, everything you’ve listed above is on my list of favourite foods!

  6. Baby June says:

    Great tutorial! I’ve never tried making tahini but perhaps I will have to someday. 🙂

  7. That first pic of tahini in jar looks so gorgeous!! I used to make my own tahini but stopped out of pure laziness! Thanks for inspiring me to start doing it again!!

  8. I love homemade tahini! Have you tried it with black sesame? It’s really amazing.
    Thanks for sharing, Jessica.
    Happy Sunday!

  9. Tahini is so easy to make, isn’t it. I haven’t bought any for years. I do love tahini in salad dressings.

  10. Beth says:

    I never thought of making my own tahini. Looks delicious!

  11. Arpita@ The Gastronomic Bong says:

    Homemade tahini sounds and looks amazing.. love the pictures Jessica!! 🙂

  12. I love tahini but have never thought to make it myself. Of course it would taste 100x better! Pinning 😉

  13. Tahini makes my life 879867678 times better and that’s a fact.
    I’ve never tried making my own, but after seeing how perfect yours turned out, I’m now dying to give it a try! xx

  14. You know I love putting tahini in my hummus! But this is so easy to make – I love it!

  15. jill says:

    I cannot wait to try this. Tahini is very difficult to find without a nut warning on it, and because we are a family who has to worry about such things, I don’t make hummus as often as I’d like. This could potentially solve all our problems!! Thank you so much for sharing this technique. 🙂

  16. Kelly says:

    Love homemade hummus but have never tried making homemade tahini. Definitely can’t wait to try this!

  17. Dave Tester says:

    Would using sesame oil instead of olive oil give a more authentic taste?

    • Jessica says:

      Hi Dave,

      I’ve never tried it with sesame oil but be wary that it may be a very overpowering flavour, as sometimes people substitute tahini in hummus with sesame oil alone. Having a combination of both may be a lot! If you do try it ensure it’s pure sesame oil and let me know! The olive oil is more neutral and allows the toasted sesame seeds flavour to shine through.

  18. Isadora says:

    Love this post, Jessica! I always have a jar of tahini on hand and use it in hummus, dressings, and on toast! I’ve never even thought to make my own before, but I’m now going to try it this week! I can’t wait!

  19. Love this! The next time I make hummus I may have to make my own tahini since it’s so hard to find in the grocery store!

  20. RainDrop says:

    Dear Jessica, your recipe is a real revelation! I’m always making my homestead hummus but I did not know that making tahini is so easy and so quick. From this day on, no store bought, expensive tahini form me 🙂 thank you!

  21. Pelin says:

    Thanks, I loved how easy this is. My mum used to mix tahini with molasses and it makes a great spread on a slice of bread, much healthier and cheaper than nutella. Give it a try!

    • Jessica says:

      Hi Pelin,

      So glad to hear that you enjoyed it!! I love the addition of molasses. You’re so welcome!

  22. Kathy McG says:

    How much does this recipe make? I only need 3 TBS for my hummus recipe and was wondering if I could cut it in half.

    • Jessica says:

      Hi Kathy,

      WAY more, about 2 cups. However, it saves in the fridge for an incredibly long time!

  23. It seems so simple to make! I’ll probably have to buy a mini blender for this though.

  24. Vassa says:

    We use a lot of Tahini in Greece.My mother used to mix the sesame with honey and it was delishious and healthy on our toast in the am!

  25. Lyne says:

    I just finished making your tahini recipe. I had to reduce the quantities because I only had 4.5 oz of seeds so I eyeballed the oil measurement to a little less that 1/4 cup. I roasted the seeds 10 minutes but since I had reduced the quantity I think they were a little overdone. I blended them in my Blendtec on the 3 speed several times & the result was great. I have yet to add some to my hummus. Thank you for this recipe.

    • Jessica says:

      Hi Lyne,

      You’re so welcome! Thanks for sharing your changes/adjustments, too!!

  26. Absolutely love your creative idea with tahini! Never seen something like this! Definitely i will try to make it too! Thx for sharing!

  27. Definitely your tahini is awesomeness! This is a great recipe Jessica, as you know I made it a short while ago and it was lovely, in fact have made it again since. Thanks for sharing!

    • Gavin | Jessica in the Kitchen says:

      Hi Bella thanks for this kind comment! We’re happy to hear that you enjoy it so much!

  28. Mary Frances B Smith says:

    I live in a very ethnic area and Tahini is available in the stores…but I think I am going to make my own. I never realized how easy it is!! Thanks.

  29. Samantha says:

    In traditional Middle Eastern cooking, they make a sauce out of tahini paste by adding 1/4 cup of tahini past to 1/2 cup of warm water with 1 tbsp of lemon juice, and salt and pepper to taste.

    It goes great on chicken shawarma, kefta, and falafel.

    Tastes amazing drizzled over rice with a cold and crisp salat.

    Give it a try!

  30. I am totally love your creative idea with tahini! I have Never seen something like this in my life! Definitely, i will try to make it within a week! Thanks for sharing such good info!

    • Courtney | Jessica in the Kitchen says:

      Thank you Maria, we’re so happy you enjoyed it!

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