Menu Search
Cook. Eat. Love. Repeat.

Homemade Tahini Sauce

Homemade Tahini Sauce a simple 2 ingredient recipe perfect for making hummus.


You can’t deny that hummus is one of those superfoods that us health nuts (or not) can’t get enough of. I remember in college, all the girls at the gym would be like, “omgz, I LUUUURRRRVVVEEEE hummus, I like eat it like everyday! It’s like so filling and like amazing!” I hope you read that in the most ditziest & high-pitched voice, ever.

I didn’t know what all this rage over hummus was, I thought it looked gross and like a pale paste that you put on your face at a spa. Yeah, I was totally living under a fossil and didn’t care for it.

UNTIL. They had samples at Costco (aren’t those the best?!) and I fell in lurve. I wanted their entire tub. I would’ve fought the sample lady for it. Sike. That would’ve been hella embarrassing. So yeah, isn’t that a cool story?

To make hummus, it requires tahini. I didn’t want to spend $7 on a bottle at Whole Foods. I didn’t think I’d be able to use it quickly, so making my own was just easier (it’s TWO ingredients) and I could control how much of it I wanted to make.

Homemade Tahini Sauce
Recipe type: How To
Prep time: 
Cook time: 
Total time: 
Serves: ¼ cup
  • ½ cup white, unhulled, sesame seeds
  • Olive oil
  1. Toast sesame seeds on low heat in a skillet for 10-15 minutes until seeds are toasted, stirring often, careful not to burn them.
  2. Let sesame seeds cool for about 10-15 minutes before putting in food processor.
  3. When ready add sesame seeds to food processor and drizzle 3 tbsp. of olive oil to get it started. As it's processing, drizzle in more olive oil until it comes together in a liquid paste. Not too thin or too thick.
  4. This can be covered and refrigerated for a few weeks.



  1. 02/24/2012 at 9:22 am

    I’ve not made tahini before but I love the idea of using homemade tahini in hummus.

  2. 02/24/2012 at 9:35 am

    I’ve been dying to make my own hummus!!! but could never find tahini sauce, thanks for posting the recipe :)

  3. 02/24/2012 at 9:39 am

    Ooo thanks for the bonus tahini recipe!!! I love how you say lurve! I thought me an my friends were the only weirdos that said that! Glad to know you are a fellow weirdo ; )

  4. 02/24/2012 at 9:46 am

    I LIKE, TOTALLY read that line in a high-pitched ditzy voice. Haha. I love hummus and I love tahini and I love everything about this post!! Glad to see you are putting your new food processor to work! :)

  5. 02/24/2012 at 10:34 am

    Julie, first of all the new blog design looks fabulous! So adorable, simple and easy to navigate. Second, so does this hummus… just lovely. Thanks for sharing! Have a great weekend.

  6. 02/24/2012 at 11:15 am

    Love love love your new design! Woo hoo!

  7. 02/24/2012 at 12:02 pm

    I’ll just stick my whole tongue in it, coo…coo….

  8. 02/24/2012 at 9:01 pm

    I love your site design – so pretty! I cannot believe I’ve never made hummus. This looks fabulous!!

  9. 02/25/2012 at 7:29 am

    I’ve never made tahini before but after reading your post I feel I ought to try. it sounds so simple. thanks for sharing.

  10. 02/25/2012 at 11:42 pm

    I LOVE homemade Hummus! And love the added recipe of Tahini Sauce :)

  11. 02/26/2012 at 11:13 am

    Even my super picky husband loves hummus, it is the best. Your recipe looks great.

  12. 02/26/2012 at 10:30 pm

    I totally adore hummus too! Love it plain, dipped with veggies, in wraps etc.. So SO good! Love this recipe!

  13. 02/27/2012 at 11:05 am

    so glad this was the 2nd recipe i found on your blog!! hummus is my FAVORITE. I make it all of the time. i’ve never made my own tahini before, so thank you for that recipe as well!

  14. 02/27/2012 at 12:30 pm

    The site looks great! :)

  15. 02/28/2012 at 11:54 am

    yummm! i need to make some homemade hummus soon!!

  16. 03/09/2012 at 4:55 pm

    OK – you had me at the homemade tahini. My dear friend Scott makes the best hummus (he’ll be at FBFOrl with me) but the tahini prices kill me here in Philly. You are a lifesaver Julie :)

  17. Ron Miller Sr
    09/30/2012 at 5:56 pm

    I looked this up because I visited a Chick-fil-A for the first time the other day and the chicken tenders were the best I ever have eaten (I am 70 Y.O), so when I was a short distance away, (20 miles) I had what I thought was supposed to be the same thing – WRONG! What happened? Do they have a different menu for high-volume restaurants? So I went back to the first and found disappointment again.
    Well, here is the secret of how you can make Chick-fil-A even better. See, those spices that you recommend (similar to the real thing) loose their flavor when you put them in 375 degree oil, so, the ones I had in the first joint (the one above a chickens’ foot) must have been “double dipped) by accident or carelessness. What ever, can’t wait to try your reciepe and my method, I am sure the spicy flavor will not be tainted by hot oil.


Thank you for taking the time to leave a comment! Please be patient when asking questions to a recipe as it may take up to 48 hours for me to respond. In the meantime, you may want to read previous comments to see if your question has already been answered. Please take a moment to read my comment policy as a gentle reminder of feedback etiquette. Have a great day!

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *


Table for Two is a licensed LLC. All business and copyright laws are applicable on this blog and its contents. Please refer to my site policies before using this site. Citing me, when appropriate, is appreciated. The photography is original, as well as the contents of this blog unless otherwise noted. Photographs may not be downloaded, manipulated, or reproduced without prior written consent from Julie Wampler. Commercial or private use without explicit written consent is prohibited and punishable through U.S. and worldwide copyright laws. If you have any questions, please use the contact form above to get in touch with me. All opinions on Table for Two are 100% my own. You do not have to agree with my opinions, but ask you to please respect them.

Scroll To Top