cauliflower shawarma

Best tahini recipes

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Tahini is a super versatile ingredient with a creamy texture and nutty flavour – get it involved in sauces, dressings, dips and even sweet bakes, using our recipes

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Looking for a tahini recipe? Want to make the best hummus? We’ve got you covered with this collection of savoury and sweet ideas, from koftes with tahini sauce to salads with tahini dressings, tahini cakes to tahini-spiced pastries. 


What is tahini?

Made by grinding the toasted hulls of sesame seeds into a paste, tahini is the major ingredient in hummus, halva and baba ghanoush. Its nutty flavour is synonymous with Middle Eastern, North African and Eastern Mediterranean cuisines and lends itself well to both sweet and savoury dishes.


Tahini recipes

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Ingredients

  • We use shop-bough tahini (try Belazu)

Savoury tahini recipes

Classic hummus

Tahini is a key ingredient in this velvety chickpea dip, which makes a great addition to a Middle Eastern or Mediterranean mezze feast. Making your own hummus is easier than you'd think, try it here...

Classic Hummus Recipe

Super-seedy salad with tahini dressing

A tangy tahini and yogurt dressing is the perfect way to finish this veggie salad, packed with prebiotic goodness.

Healthy Vegetarian Salad Recipe with Tahini Dressing

Roast carrots with tahini sauce

Roast carrots and chickpeas and serve with a sauce made of tahini, lemon and garlic. Any leftovers make a great packed lunch.

Roast Carrots with Chickpeas and Tahini

Deep-fried sprouts with tahini dip

A thick and creamy tahini dip is the perfect partner for these crispy brussels sprouts, ready in just 15 minutes.

Deep Fried Brussels Sprouts Recipe with Tahini

Baba ganoush with lavash

Check out our take on traditional Eastern Mediterranean baba ganoush. Comprised of grilled aubergines and tahini, this dip is seriously creamy. What's more, it's vegan too.

Baba Ganoush



Cauliflower shawarma with tahini, pomegranate and pine nuts

This recipe comes from Berber and Q in East London. Serving cauliflower whole like this, fresh from the BBQ and smothered in tahini sauce is inspired. Serve by itself or as a side dish. Check out more of our great cauli recipes right here. 

cauliflower shawarma

Warm hummus with pine nuts, raisins and olives


Veggie koftes with tahini sauce

Check out these spiced veggie koftes with a nutty tahini yogurt sauce. They're a great lunch or light dinner, coming in under 415 calories per serving.

Vegetable Kofta Recipe with Tahini Yogurt Sauce

Chicken salad with Japanese tahini dressing

Tahini gives this low-calorie salad a savoury, nutty edge. Ready in just over 30 mins, it makes a perfect quick and easy mid-week meal.

Shredded veg and chicken salad with Japanese sesame dressing

Sesame-crusted lamb

Tahini is used to marinade the lamb here, as well as forming the base of the sauce to serve it with. Load the lot into flatbreads and tuck in. Want to know how to pick and cook the best lamb? Listen to this episode of our podcast to find out! 

Yogurt Marinated Lamb with Sesame

Sweet tahini recipes

Black and white tahini cookies

With a little help from Edd Kimber, you too can create these dramatic-looking, on-trend cookies. They're made using black tahini, which is slightly more rich and bitter than regular tahini and pairs a treat with white chocolate.

Easy Tahini Cookies Recipe

Chocolate and tahini cake

Check out this vegetarian chocolate celebration cake with tahini and honey. This indulgent layer cake is a real crowd pleaser and looks impressive too.

Chocolate Celebration Cake Recipe with Tahini and Honey

Tahini bundt cake

This recipe from Edd Kimber combines chocolate, tahini and sesame brittle for a really indulgent cake. If you’re not sure how this will taste, think peanut butter and chocolate but with more depth.

Chocolate Bundt Cake Recipe with Tahini

White chocolate and tahini cookies

Tahini gives a lovely sweet-salty kick to these crisp, grown-up cookies, while pretzels add extra crunch. We've got plenty more top cookie recipe here. 

White Chocolate Cookies with Tahini and Pretzels

Tahini brownies

Give these dark chocolate brownies a grown-up Middle Eastern twist with an indulgent salted tahini buttercream topping. Get more top brownie recipes here. 

Squares of brown chocolate brownies topped with cream buttercream sat on a metal cooling tray

Chocolate tahini and baharat pots

The woody spices in baharat (a Middle Eastern spice blend) work beautifully with dark chocolate and nutty tahini. This is a really rich dessert so you only need a small amount.

Chocolate and Tahini Dessert Recipe Pots

Tahini, cardamom and date cinnamon rolls

Check out these easy cinnamon rolls. Tahini, cardamom and dates give these rolls a lovely creamy twist. Bake for a weekend breakfast or for a great mid-morning snack.

Vegan Cinnamon Rolls Recipe With Tahini, Cardamom and Dates

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