This homemade tahini couldn’t be any easier to make. It’s only two ingredients, and it’s delicious as a dip on it’s own, or used in some your favorite recipes, like salad dressing or hummus!
Tahini is so easy to make at home, on your own, with only 2 ingredients. It’s better and cheaper than store bought, and this way you aren’t left with a huge jar that goes to waster.
What is tahini?
Tahini is a simple paste made from ground toasted sesame seeds. It can be served as a dip on its own, or is used in popular recipes like hummus and baba ghanoush. Tahini is used in many Middle Eastern and Mediterranean cuisines.
I love making homemade hummus, because you can season it however you want, and it’s the perfect quick and easy, and healthy snack to make at home. The only problem, is I don’t like buying a big expensive jar or tahini when you only need a small amount for your homemade hummus.
That’s where this homemade tahini comes in. I can whip up a small cupful and have just enough to make 2 or 3 batches of homemade hummus.
How long can you keep tahini? Will Tahini go bad?
This tahini will last for several months if kept in the fridge, with an airtight container. It should last for about 1 month. The oil may separate, so stir it together if needed when you are using it. You may need to bring it room temperature to stir it together if it’s become too solid.
Store bought tahini will have preservatives added in, so it will last for about 6 months.
If you are unsure about your tahini, you can smell it, if it smells rancid then you should throw it away.
How to Make Tahini?
All you need to make this tahini recipe is sesame seeds and a little bit of a neutral oil, such as olive oil, grape seed oil, or canola oil. You will just toast the sesame seeds for a little bit and then blend then up with a little bit of oil until you get a nice and smooth paste.
You can find sesame seeds at a bulk store, like Winco for really cheap. Hulled seeds have less of a bitter taste, but you can grab whatever you find at the store. The seeds taste best when they’re toasted.
How to Use Tahini?
- As a dip for vegetables or pita on its own
- Homemade Hummus
- Roasted Red Pepper Hummus
- Baba Ganoush – a delicious roasted eggplant dip, perfect with pita, or crackers
- Tahini Salad Dressing – so good over your favorite salad
- Tahini Sauce – so good over roasted vegetables
- Drizzled over Falafel – such a good vegan dinner idea, made with chickpeas and fresh herbs and spices
- Double Chocolate Tahini Banana Muffins – chocolatey banana muffins, perfect for breakfast or a snack
- Tahini Chocolate Chip Cookies – who says tahni can’t be used in sweets, it gives these cookies a nice nuttiness
This homemade tahini is so easy, and so delicious. It’s the perfect lightly nutty sauce that is so good on it’s own, or in a variety of recipes!
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- 1 cup sesame seeds
- 2-4 TBS neutral oil (like olive oil, grape seed oil or canola oil)
- (Optional) Toast the sesame seeds over medium heat on the stove top for about 5 minutes, stirring regularly (they burn fast), till they turn a light golden color. Allow seeds to cool for about 30 minutes.
- Blend the sesame seeds in the blender (twister jar is best) until a crumbly paste is formed.
- Add in 1 tablespoon at a time of oil, until you get the thinness of the tahini that you like (that was 2 for me).
- Use tahini as desired.
- Store tahini in a sealed container for up to 1 month in the fridge.
This homemade tahini was first posted on July 13, 2015. The photos and blog text were updated for clarity on April 11, 2021.
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**I received a free Blendtec Designer 725 and Twister Jar in exchange for this post. All opinions are my own.