Front View of a Small Glass Bottle Filled to the Top and Overflowing Slightly. Bottle is Filled with Tahini. Baby Spinach, Falafal Balls, Sesame Seeds and Finely Chopped Red Onions are Strewn Around in the Photo. In the Left Background, A Falafel Sandwich is Blurred and there is a Lightly Squeezed Half Lime on the Right. How to Make Tahini?

How To Make Tahini

Quick and easy tahini recipe made with sesame seeds, olive oil, cumin powder, salt and pepper.
Course Appetizer, Snack
Cuisine Mediterranean
Prep Time 2 minutes
Cook Time 7 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Servings 1 cup
Calories 1131kcal
Author Healing Tomato



  • Heat a heavy bottom pan on medium heat and add the garlic to it. 
  • When the garlic starts to brown, add the hulled (*see notes) sesame seeds
  • Toast the seeds for about 3 minutes or until slightly browned.  Stir constantly
  • Remove from the heat and let them cool for a few minutes
  • In a processor, add the garlic and sesame seeds
  • Grind them for about 1 minute
  • Add the oil in 2 batches.  Grind after each batch
  • Add the cumin powder, salt and pepper (if using)
  • Grind again until well blended
  • Add lime juice and grind one last time
  • If using, add water now (** See note)
  • Refrigerate and store in an air tight container



* Use oil for the consistency. To keep the seeds coarse, add half of the oil.
** I added water just to make it more of a Sauce consistency.


Serving: 1.5cup | Calories: 1131kcal | Carbohydrates: 31g | Protein: 20g | Fat: 110g | Saturated Fat: 17g | Sodium: 15mg | Potassium: 773mg | Fiber: 18g | Vitamin A: 50IU | Vitamin C: 3.4mg | Calcium: 1511mg | Iron: 24.8mg