Want to know how to make homemade tahini? Make this tahini from scratch, then try our tahini chicken caesar salad, sabich with green tahini and more Middle Eastern meze recipes.

How to make Tahini...step-by-step video

What is tahini?

Tahini is a Middle Eastern sauce made from ground sesame seeds, salt and oil. It is one of the main ingredients in hummus and baba ganoush.

How long does tahini keep for?

Tahini will keep for two weeks in the fridge. Just make sure you cover, and give a good stir before you serve.

Tahini recipe


  • 200g sesame seeds
  • ½ tsp sea salt flakes
  • 3-4 tbsp flavourless oil (such as vegetable oil)


  • STEP 1

    Scatter the sesame seeds into a wide frying pan over a medium heat and toast for 2-3 minutes, stirring regularly, until the seeds start to release their oils and smell nutty. Transfer to a bowl and leave to cool.

  • STEP 2

    Put the cooled, toasted sesame seeds into a food processor with the salt and blend until they start to break down and clump together.

  • STEP 3

    With the motor still running, slowly drizzle in 1 tbsp of oil and keep blending until the sesame seeds break down completely, scraping down the sides of the processor if you need to. Add enough oil to give a smooth, drizzling consistency – it should take about 5 minutes to blend the sesame seeds to a smooth paste.

  • STEP 4

    Cover and chill – the tahini will keep for two weeks in the fridge. Stir the tahini before using.

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