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Easy Tahini Paste Recipe

Tahini paste is super easy and fast to make.  It tastes so much better and fresher than the purchased paste.  By making it yourself you can use raw sesame seed or toast them as little or as much as you like.   Use the tahini paste in my easy Hummus recipe. 

Tahini Paste

SIS (simple is smart) recipe for Tahini Paste:

Do you like to make Hummus?  After you make this Tahini Paste hop over to my Roasted Red Pepper Hummus recipe.  Once you made this creamy smooth hummus you will never go back to store purchased hummus again.  This Tahini paste won’t last long once you start making your own hummus.   I will show you my SIS (simple is smart) way to make your own tahini.  

Tahini has only two ingredients, Sesame seeds and oil.  That is it.   A while ago I decided that I wanted to make my own tahini paste.  I had purchased a jar of tahini and discovered that I wasn’t able to use it fast enough and sadly I had to discard most of the jar.   After that I decided that it would be SIS to make what I needed, when I needed it.  It is fresh,  I only make enough for a recipe (or maybe two) of hummus and the cost is about half of the commercial Tahini.   

SIS Way to Buy Sesame Seeds for Tahini Paste? 

Don’t purchase the sesame seeds from the spice section at you local supermarket.  You will pay about $5 an ounce.  Purchase organic sesame seeds in bulk 1 pound bags from a bulk seller like  Their cost per ounce is about 30 cents for the organic sesame seeds.  

The tahini paste can be made from either raw sesame seeds or you can toast them up for a nuttier flavor and browner color to your paste.   I toast them for my tahini paste.   Either toasted or raw is delicious.  Note: if you toast them be careful they don’t burn any of the seeds.  Burnt sesame seeds will give a bitter taste to your tahini paste.  

SIS way to Toast Sesame Seeds for Tahini Paste. 

Use a cast iron skillet on the stove to toast the sesame seeds.  Add a cup of sesame seeds to a preheated skillet.  Stir continuously on medium high, heat until the seeds are brown and toasted. to perfection.  Remove the seeds from the skillet and cool them.  Leaving the seeds in the skillet to cool, may result in burnt seeds.  

SIS method for Homemade Tahini Paste:

The key to creamy smooth Tahini paste is a powerful blender.  Blendtec and Vitamix are two brands that work well.  Add the toasted sesame seeds to the blender and blend until a thick paste forms.  Then slowly drizzle extra virgin olive oil, or grapeseed oil into the paste until you have a creamy smooth consistency.  The Tahini paste is now ready to use in Hummus.  See how simple that was.  That’s why this is a SIS recipe.  Now go make some Roasted Red Pepper Hummus and if you have time how about some SIS No-Knead Pita Bread to go with it. 

Tahini Paste

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Tahini Paste

Easy Tahini Paste

Tahini Paste is so easy to make. It tastes so much fresher and better than purchased Tahini Paste. Make some today for Hummus.
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: Mediterranean
Keyword: clean eating, easy, healthy, keto, vegan, vegetarian
Cost: $3


  • Powerful blender link a Ninja, Blendtec, or Vitamix


  • 1 cup raw sesame seeds(150g)
  • 2-4 tbsp grapeseed or extra virgin olive oil


  • Toast the sesame seeds in a skillet on medium heat for about 3-5 minutes. Be careful to not burn the sesame seeds. Stir the skillet constantly while toasting to keep the sesame seeds moving. Once toasted, remove from the pan to stop the toasting process and let cool.
  • Once the sesame seeds are cooled add the to a powerful blender like a vitamix and blend into a thick paste.
  • Add the oil to thin the paste to the consistency of peanut butter. 2-4 Tbsp. depending on how thick the paste is.



Tahini makes a great dip:  add some fresh lime juice (2-4 tbsp), a clove of garlic, and a little parsley.  Blend well.  
Add to chickpeas for hummus.  
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