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    Tahini Sauce Recipe

    Published October 15, 2020. This post may contain affiliate links. Please read my disclosure policy.

    This delicious easy to make tahini sauce recipe comes together in minutes and is such a wonderful sauce to serve up with a bunch of different dishes.

    If you’re wondering what on earth you can serve this sauce up with, try putting it on Kofta or Falafel for unbelievable flavor.

    jar of homemade tahini sauce with parsley

    Tahini Sauce

    Tahini sauce is a simple accompaniment that you can use in a myriad of dishes from pasta, to a topping on vegetables or as a dipping sauce.  It has a delicious earthy-garlicky flavor that can sometimes be overpowering if you use too much of it.

    Here are the simple ingredients in this recipe:

    • Tahini – ground raw or toasted sesame seeds.
    • Garlic – I prefer to use two finely minced cloves, but you can use more.
    • Lemon Juice – This brings so much needed acid into the recipe for flavor and to cut back on the bite from the raw garlic.
    • Cumin – so more earthy tones to help round out the sauce.
    • Salt – This is a necessity to making sure the sauce is flavorful.
    • Water – You must use a bit of water to help thin out the sauce.

    How to Make It

    Follow these simple instructions for making this tasty sauce:

    1. Add the tahini to a bowl along with some finely minced garlic, lemon juice, cumin, and sea salt.
    adding lemon juice to a bowl of tahini
    1. Using a whisk mix together the ingredients while slowly drizzling as much water in as needed to help thin out the sauce.
    whisking together tahini sauce in a bowl

    Make-Ahead and Storage

    Make-Ahead: You can make this recipe up to 3 days ahead of time.

    How to Store: Place covered in the refrigerator for up to 10 days.  This will not freeze well.

    Chef Billy Parisi

    chef notes + tips

    • You can use either raw or toasted tahini in this recipe, or better yet you can make your own.
    • If you don’t want any garlic chunks in the recipe but want the flavor you can strain the sauce.
    • If you do want to use pepper, be sure to use ground white pepper to help keep the sauce smooth and consistent in color.
    • You may need more or less water depending on how thick or thin that you like it.
    garlic tahini sauce in a bowl with chopped parsley

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    Tahini Sauce Recipe

    5 from 1 vote
    This easy to make tahini sauce recipe comes together in minutes and is such a wonderful sauce to serve up with a bunch of different dishes.
    Servings: 8
    Prep Time: 5 minutes
    Cook Time: 0 minutes

    Ingredients 

    • ¾ cup tahini
    • 2 finely minced cloves of garlic
    • juice of 2 lemons
    • ½ teaspoon ground cumin
    • 1/3 cup water
    • sea salt to taste

    Instructions

    • Add all of the ingredients together in a medium-size bowl except for the water.
    • Whisk it together until combined while slowly drizzling in the water to thin it out.
    • Keep cool until ready to serve.

    Notes

    Chef Notes:
    • Make-Ahead: You can make this recipe up to 3 days ahead of time.
     
    • How to Store: Place covered in the refrigerator for up to 10 days. This will not freeze well.
     
    • You can use either raw or toasted tahini in this recipe, or better yet you can make your own.
     
    • If you don’t want any garlic chunks in the recipe but want the flavor you can strain the sauce.
     
    • If you do want to use pepper, be sure to use ground white pepper to help keep the sauce smooth and consistent in color.
     
    • You may need more or less water depending on how thick or thin that you like it.

    Nutrition

    Calories: 135kcalCarbohydrates: 5gProtein: 4gFat: 12gSaturated Fat: 2gSodium: 9mgPotassium: 103mgFiber: 1gSugar: 1gVitamin A: 15IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 33mgIron: 1mg
    Course: sauce, Side Dish
    Cuisine: lebanese