How To Make Tahini (2 Ingredients)
Why buy tahini when you can make your own at home? It’s easier than you think and you can use this Middle Eastern staple in hummus, baba ghanoush, salad dressings, and more!
Tahini is a Middle Eastern sesame seed paste that has a rich, earthy flavor. It’s included in many of your favorite Mediterranean-inspired recipes, from hummus to baba ghanoush. A good tahini can set you back $10 or more, though, so today I’m going to show you how to make it at home!
You only need two ingredients to make your own tahini, so this recipe is really all about using quality ingredients and the right technique. I use Bob’s Red Mill sesame seeds and a good olive oil, and I always toast the seeds on a baking sheet to amp up their earthy flavor.
Although you could eat tahini on its own, it’s generally used as an ingredient in other recipes. Even the ubiquitous tahini in Middle Eastern restaurants is actually a sauce made with tahini and garlic, lemon juice, and seasonings. In addition to dips like hummus, you can use tahini in Salted Chocolate Chip Tahini Cookies, Vegan Beet Falafel with Harissa Tahini Dressing, and Kale Salad with Sesame Tahini Dressing.
Notes on Ingredients
Please note that this is important information on the ingredients and instructions and the FULL recipe with amounts and details can be found DOWN BELOW (scroll to it) in the recipe card.
- Sesame seeds – If your grocery store has a bulk section, you’ll likely find sesame seeds there!
- Olive oil – Use a high-quality extra-virgin olive oil.
How to Make Tahini
Making tahini is an absolute breeze—you’ll never want to buy it again! Here’s what you’ll need to do.
Prepare. Preheat your oven to 350°F/175°C.
Toast the seeds. Pour the sesame seeds onto a rimmed baking sheet and spread them out so they’re in an even layer. Place the sheet pan in the oven for about 10 minutes, or until the seeds are golden brown and fragrant.
Cool. Remove the sheet pan from the oven and let the sesame seeds cool for 20 minutes.
Puree. Transfer the sesame seeds to a food processor or blender. Pulse a bit to chop them up, then add the olive oil and blend for about 2 minutes, or until the mixture is smooth. Stop to scrape down the sides of the food processor or blender, if needed.
Tips for Success
There’s not much to this recipe, but here are some hints and tips to make sure your tahini turns out perfect!
- Keep a close eye on the sesame seeds. They can go from lightly toasted to burnt super fast! If your oven tends to cook hot, check the seeds at the 8 minute mark, or toast the seeds in a large skillet on the stovetop instead.
- Get the right consistency. Tahini is also called tahini paste, which gives you a good idea of what the consistency should be. If needed, you can add more olive oil as you process it, but it should be smooth and thick, similar to an almond butter.
- No food processor? You can make tahini the traditional way, using a mortar and pestle.
How to Store
Tahini can be refrigerated in a sealed jar for up to a month. If it separates, simply stir it before using.
Can This Be Frozen?
You can freeze tahini in an airtight container, jar, or freezer bag for 3 to 4 months. Let it thaw in the refrigerator and store it there for up to a month after thawing.
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How To Make Tahini (2 Ingredients)
- 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.
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Homemade tahini sounds and looks amazing.. love the pictures Jessica!! 🙂
I love tahini but have never thought to make it myself. Of course it would taste 100x better! Pinning 😉
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
Haha I know right? And so easy at home. Thanks Consuelo!
You know I love putting tahini in my hummus! But this is so easy to make – I love it!
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. 🙂
Love homemade hummus but have never tried making homemade tahini. Definitely can’t wait to try this!
Would using sesame oil instead of olive oil give a more authentic taste?
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.
Even though I’m Greek and we use olive oil in e.v.e.r.y.t.h.i.n.g I indeed made it with sesame oil and it turned out great!
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!
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!
Thanks Lindsay! Yeah and it’s way too expensive in the store!
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!
“Homemade” hummus, of course.
You’re so welcome! And thank you for your kind words!