Easy Homemade Tahini Recipe

Homemade Tahini paste recipe

Discover how to make your own tahini paste with this super simple, two step homemade tahini recipe! Tahini is a unique, delicious paste made from ground sesame seeds that is commonly used in the Greek, Turkish and Middle Eastern cuisines.

In Greece, tahini is very commonly used in lagana bread or as a spread on bread topped with honey or jam. This really versatile paste can be also served as a dip or used to make tahini based sauces, like hummus or even as a topping for meat and vegetables.

Commercial tahini paste is available in jars either plain or mixed with honey or cocoa. However as we all know, nothing compares to home-made! That’s why I have put together this wonderful two-step tahini recipe for you to make your own homemade tahini paste and save quite a bit of money in the process too!

Homemade tahini recipe –  Tahini Health benefits

Besides from being an extremely versatile ingredient, used in both sweet and savoury dishes, tahini is packed with essential vitamins and minerals.

Tahini is an excellent source of copper, manganese, healthy fatty acids, omega-3 and omega-6 and also a very good source of calcium, magnesium, iron, phosphorus, vitamin B1, zinc, molybdenum, selenium, and dietary fibre. It helps promote cardiovascular and brain health, lower cholesterol and prevent high blood pressure. Tahini also helps tone up your blood vessels, which enhances blood circulation and has great antioxidant properties.

So give this super easy tahini recipe a try and promote healthy eating habits for you and your family!

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Homemade Tahini paste recipe

Easy Homemade Tahini Recipe

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  • Author: Eli K. Giannopoulos
  • Prep Time: 10 min
  • Cook Time: 5 min
  • Total Time: 15 minutes
  • Yield: 1 cup (approx.) 1x
  • Category: Dips
  • Cuisine: Greek


Discover how to make your own tahini paste with this super simple, two step homemade tahini recipe! Reap all the health rewards of this amazing superfood and save quite a bit of money too!


  • 2 1/2 cups sesame seeds
  • 1/4 of a cup vegetable oil


  1. To make this homemade tahini recipe you can either use the sesame seeds raw or roasted. Roasting the sesame seeds will make them easier to grind and your tahini will have better texture. But if you have a really good food processor use them raw as tahini made from raw sesame is lower in fat than tahini made from roasted.
  2. If you choose to make this tahini recipe with roasted sesame seeds preheat the oven to 190-200C. Place the sesame seeds on a large baking tray and roast them for about 5 minutes, until fragrant and glossy. Sesame seeds can burn very quickly, so make sure to shake them frequently and be careful not to brown them.
  3. Place the sesame seeds in a food processor (fitted with the metal blade) and pour in the vegetable oil. Process for about 5 minutes until you have a smooth tahini paste. (Pulse for about 1 minute, scrape them from the sides, pulse again and repeat). Add a little bit more oil if necessary, to bring the paste to a thick pouring consistency.
  4. Tahini paste can be stored for several months in an air tight container in the refrigerator.


  • Serving Size: 1 tablespoon
  • Calories: 158kcal
  • Sugar: 0.1g
  • Sodium: 2.5mg
  • Fat: 14.6g
  • Saturated Fat: 4.3g
  • Unsaturated Fat: 9.6g
  • Trans Fat: 0g
  • Carbohydrates: 5.3g
  • Fiber: 2.7g
  • Protein: 4g
  • Cholesterol: 0mg

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  1. Reena M.

    Hi , could I us olive or avocado oil instead of vegetable oil?

    • I googled this as I also wanted to know, and it seems a lot of recipes use either of these oils interchangeably

  2. You didn’t say about the origin. It might be nice to know it came form persia and then people in Israel got to know it. However, because of being so expensive, it wasn’t used this often in the past

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