Tahini (Sesame Seed Paste)

Tahini dip on a spoon
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Prep: 10 mins
Cook: 0 mins
Total: 10 mins
Servings: 8 tablespoons
Yield: 1/2 cup
Nutrition Facts (per serving)
14 Calories
1g Fat
1g Carbs
0g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 8
Amount per serving
Calories 14
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 1g 2%
Saturated Fat 0g 1%
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 67mg 3%
Total Carbohydrate 1g 0%
Dietary Fiber 0g 1%
Total Sugars 0g
Protein 0g
Vitamin C 0mg 0%
Calcium 20mg 2%
Iron 0mg 2%
Potassium 10mg 0%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

Tahini is a paste made of ground sesame seeds which are used in many Near Eastern, Middle Eastern and Far Eastern recipes. This is a traditional recipe that is very simple to make with a blender or food processor.

Sesame seed paste, or tahini, is used in recipes for Middle Eastern ​hummus, a dip made from chickpeas, baba ghanouj, an eggplant dip also spelled baba ghannouj, baba ghanoush and baba ganoush, and halva, among other dishes.

Sesame seeds are considered to bring good luck and are seen in many foods, especially around New Year's.

This recipe makes 1/2 cup of tahini, so if your recipe calls for more (as a halva recipe would), then double, triple or quadruple the proportions in this recipe, as needed.


  • 2 tablespoons sesame seeds

  • 1/2 teaspoon sesame oil

  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

  • 1/4 cup tepid water

Steps to Make It

  1. Place 2 tablespoons sesame seeds in a blender or food processor and grind until smooth.

  2. Add 1/2 teaspoon sesame oil and 1/4 teaspoon salt. Process until combined.

  3. With the motor running, add 1/4 cup tepid water in a very slow, steady stream and blend until smooth.

  4. Store tightly covered in the refrigerator.


  • Sesame seeds turn rancid quickly, so make certain yours are fresh. Be sure to store them away from light and heat and use quickly.