Tahini Sauce is definitely an all-purpose winner in the kitchen, nutty and delicious in flavor!

This sauce is super light, super flavorful, and is so creamy. It can be served as a sauce for gyros or falafels, or even as a dip for veggies or Greek meatballs!

Tahini Sauce in a clear jar

What is Tahini?

Tahini is a paste made from crushed sesame seeds. With a little lemon juice, garlic, olive oil, and water it creates the perfect sauce, dip, or dressing!

It is an ingredient in hummus and baba ganoush and it’s amazing with falafel or kabobs. I could definitely dip pitas into it all day long too!

tahini sauce ingredients

How to Make Tahini Sauce

It’s super easy to make your own homemade tahini!

  1. Mash garlic and salt into a fine paste.
  2. Whisk remaining ingredients (except water) in to incorporate.
  3. Add water, a little at a time, to reach desired consistency.

Stir in cilantro or parsley before serving!

If you notice your tahini is not smooth or it’s grainy in texture (image below), you need to add more water a bit at a time to smooth it out. To make dressing, add more water to reach desired consistency.

Tahini sauce ingredients being combined

What to Eat it With

Usually, you see tahini as a sauce on Middle Eastern menus, but it’s great on other foods too. Here are a couple of recipes to get you inspired to try tahini!

How Long Does It Last?

Homemade tahini will last about 2-3 days in the refrigerator in an airtight bottle or container. It will separate as homemade peanut butter does, so be sure to shake the container or mix it up before using it.

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Tahini Sauce

Homemade Tahini Sauce is creamy and full of flavor! Use as a dip, dressing or sauce.
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Servings 10 servings
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  • 1 clove garlic minced
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt
  • ½ cup tahini
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • ½ lemon squeezed (about 2 tablespoons)
  • cold water as needed up to 2-4 tablespoons
  • cilantro/parsley to taste about a tablespoon, optional


  • Place garlic on a cutting board with salt. Using a fork, mash to a fine paste.
  • Add garlic paste, tahini, olive oil and lemon juice to a bowl. Whisk until smooth.
  • Add water as needed to reach desired consistency.
  • Stir in a cilantro/parsley if using.


If you notice your tahini is not smooth or it's grainy in texture, you need to add more water a bit at a time to smooth it out.
To make dressing add more water to reach desired consistency.
Homemade tahini will last about 2-3 days in the refrigerator in an airtight bottle or container.
5 from 6 votes

Nutrition Information

Calories: 110 | Carbohydrates: 3g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 11g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 121mg | Potassium: 63mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 8IU | Vitamin C: 3mg | Calcium: 18mg | Iron: 1mg

Nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.

Course Dip, Dressing, Sauce
Cuisine Middle Eastern
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    1. Both sesame seeds and olive oil can be bitter. You could try adding a bit more lemon, or a hint of honey to offset the bitter flavor. Enjoy Karen!