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5 from 14 votes


This tahini recipe is simple to make. You just need sesame seeds and olive oil.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time5 mins
Total Time15 mins
Course: Condiments
Cuisine: Mediterranean
Keyword: homemade tahini, tahini recipe
Servings: 24 servings
Calories: 98


  • 2 cups sesame seeds
  • 1/3 cup olive oil


First, you'll need to toast the sesame seeds.

  • Heat a heavy, wide-bottomed sauté pan over medium-high heat.
  • Add the sesame seeds and toast lightly - about 2 minutes, shaking the pan so they toast evenly. Two tips here: a) I am a messy cook with limited arm strength. I have a great fear that if I toss a pan, food will end up everywhere, therefore, I tend to just vigorously stir rather than toss. b) Keep a careful eye on the sesame seeds as they go from toasted to burnt really quickly. As soon as they start to brown, they are done.
    Toasted Sesame Seed for Tahini
  • Transfer to a bowl and let cool completely.

Next, you'll process the toasted seeds with the olive oil.

  • Put the toasted sesame seeds in a food processor and drizzle in the olive oil. As you can see, I poured rather than drizzled. It worked just fine!
    Homemade tahini
  • Pulse for 3-5 minutes, or until it's as smooth as you can get it.
  • Add a little more olive oil if necessary.
  • Remove from food processor and store in the refrigerator.


Yield about 2 cups


Calories: 98kcal | Carbohydrates: 2g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 1mg | Potassium: 58mg | Fiber: 1g | Calcium: 122mg | Iron: 1.8mg