Homemade Tahini Sauce

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    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 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 love. I wanted their entire tub. I would’ve fought the sample lady for it, ha!

    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

    A quick way to make tahini sauce for the base of hummus and other recipes!
    Prep Time: 20 mins
    Cook Time: 5 mins
    Total Time: 25 mins
    Author: Julie Chiou
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    • 1/2 cup white unhulled, sesame seeds
    • Olive oil


    • Toast sesame seeds on low heat in a skillet for 10-15 minutes until seeds are toasted, stirring often, careful not to burn them.
    • Let sesame seeds cool for about 10-15 minutes before putting in food processor.
    • 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.
    • This can be covered and refrigerated for a few weeks.


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  • Kathryn says:

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

  • Michelle says:

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

  • Stefanie @ Sarcastic Cooking says:

    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 ; )

  • Cassie says:

    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! :)

  • Georgia @ The Comfort of Cooking says:

    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.

  • Katrina @ In Katrina's Kitchen says:

    Love love love your new design! Woo hoo!

  • Bev Weidner says:

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

  • Valerie @ From Valerie's Kitchen says:

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

  • Baker Street says:

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

  • Krissy's Creations says:

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

  • Rhonda says:

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

  • Katie {EpicureanMom.com} says:

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

  • Sally @ sallys baking addiction says:

    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!

  • DessertForTwo says:

    The site looks great! :)

  • elizabeth @ chronic venture says:

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

  • Aly ~ Cooking In Stilettos says:

    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 :)

  • Ron Miller Sr says:

    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.

  • Marguerite says:

    Spelling “love” as “lurve” is simply annoying. Otherwise decent site.

    • Julie says:

      Thanks for your opinion.

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