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.
- We use shop-bough tahini (try Belazu)
Savoury tahini recipes
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...
A tangy tahini and yogurt dressing is the perfect way to finish this veggie salad, packed with prebiotic goodness.
Roast carrots and chickpeas and serve with a sauce made of tahini, lemon and garlic. Any leftovers make a great packed lunch.
A thick and creamy tahini dip is the perfect partner for these crispy brussels sprouts, ready in just 15 minutes.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
Sweet tahini recipes
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.
Check out this vegetarian chocolate celebration cake with tahini and honey. This indulgent layer cake is a real crowd pleaser and looks impressive too.
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.
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.
Give these dark chocolate brownies a grown-up Middle Eastern twist with an indulgent salted tahini buttercream topping. Get more top brownie recipes here.
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.
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.