Tarator Sauce

Tahini on a wooden spoon
Tahini on a spoon. FotografiaBasica / Getty Images
Ratings (23)
  • Total: 5 mins
  • Prep: 5 mins
  • Cook: 0 mins
  • Yield: 1-2 cups (6 servings)
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
278 Calories
21g Fat
19g Carbs
8g Protein
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

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.


  • 1 cup tahini (store bought or homemade)
  • 3/4 cup lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 2 cloves garlic (crushed)
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon parsley (finely chopped)

Steps to Make It

  1. In a food processor, combine tahini, garlic, lemon juice, salt, and cumin together. Mix well and add water as you are combining the ingredients.

  2. Remove from processor and scoop into a small bowl. Stir in parsley.

  3. Serve immediately, or store in refrigerator for up to a week in an airtight container.