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How to Make Tahini

Learn how to make super smooth and creamy tahini at home with this simple recipe. You only need two ingredients and a food processor. Can be used in both savory and sweet recipes or enjoyed by the spoonful! 
Prep Time10 minutes
Total Time10 minutes
Course: Sauces/Condiments
Cuisine: Middle Eastern
Keyword: How to Make Tahini
Servings: 1.25 cups


  • 2 cups raw hulled sesame seeds
  • 1-2 Tablespoons olive oil or avocado oil
  • Pinch of salt optional


  • In a large saucepan over medium low heat, toast the sesame seeds for 4-5 min, stirring constantly until they start to turn lightly golden and become fragrant. Be careful and watch the seeds closely as they can burn quickly! Remove from stovetop and let cool completely.
    Toasted sesame seeds in a pan.
  • Once seeds have cooled, transfer them to a food processor and process on high for about 1 minute, until a crumbly paste forms.
    Crumbled sesame seeds in a food processor.
  • Add oil, starting with 1 Tablespoon at a time and blend again on high until the tahini is a creamy, smooth consistency, about 3-4 minutes. You might have to stop and scrape down the sides of the food processor a few times.
    Creamy tahini in a food processor.
  • Taste the tahini and add salt to taste, if desired. Process a few more seconds to incorporate.


Serving: 2 Tablespoons | Calories: 145kcal | Carbohydrates: 7g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 15g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 6g | Monounsaturated Fat: 6g | Sodium: 18mg | Potassium: 134mg | Fiber: 4g