Top 9 Recipes Using Tahini

More Ways to use Tahini Other Than in Hummus

One of the most important ingredients in hummus, other than chickpeas, is tahini. Tahini is a paste made from sesame seeds and is considered a Middle Eastern pantry essential. I like to make my own hummus and, in turn, make my own tahini. I always end up having a lot of tahini left over, though. No need to let that extra go to waste! There are ​many recipes where tahini is used to add it's one of a kind flavor. Here is a list of my favorites.

  • 01 of 09

    Broccoli with Tahini

    Broccoli with Tahini

    This is the perfect appetizer for your next party or ​get-together. Cauliflower can also be substituted and is just as tasty. Steamed broccoli is mixed with sauce or can be used to dip.

  • 02 of 09

    Samak bi Tahini (Fish with Tahini)

    Fish with tahini sauce
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    Fish with tahini is easy and perfect for the seafood lover! It is called samak bi tahini in Arabic and is a local favorite in many Middle Eastern regions. You can use any type of fish for this dish. Tilapia does very well and is readily available at most markets.

  • 03 of 09

    Beef Shawarma

    Beef shawarma

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    Shawarma is like the ultimate on the go meal. Thinly sliced meat, wrapped in a pita bread with veggies and sauce is a delicious quick meal. Tahini, along with lemon juice, garlic, and yogurt make up the sauce that goes with this Middle Eastern classic.

  • 04 of 09

    Falafel Salad

    Plate with Falafel, Hummus, Vegetables and Salad
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    If you are a fan of falafel, you will love this salad. It has falafel and all of your favorite veggies. Don't forget the tahini and falafel hot sauce!

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  • 05 of 09

    Tahini Sauce

    Tahini Sauce Recipe

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    Tahini sauce is made from tahini - a sesame seed paste. Tahini sauce is thinner and used in pita sandwiches, marinades, and dips. Tahini sauce is very easy to make. Store it in an airtight container in the refrigerator and it will keep for about two weeks.

  • 06 of 09

    Tuna Salad with Tahini

    Tuna Tahini Salad
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    Tired of the same old tuna salad? Check out this Middle Eastern version for a little variety and great taste! Tuna salad with tahini makes an excellent, healthy lunch.

  • 07 of 09

    Baba Ghannouj

    Bowl of baba ghannouj with pita bread, close-up
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    (toasted or fresh), however many people like it as a chip dip with potato chips or tortilla chips.

  • 08 of 09

    Falafel Pita Sandwich

    Falafel Pita Sandwich

    The Spruce

    One of the most popular pita sandwiches is the falafel pita. Piping hot pita, stuffed with vegetables, crisp falafel, and tahini sauce, it is the ultimate lunch or light dinner.

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  • 09 of 09

    Tarator Sauce

    Tarator Sauce
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    Tarator sauce is perfect for meats, and even better on pita sandwiches like shawarma. It is a universal sauce and can be used on veggies, seafood, beef, chicken, and lamb