Learn how to make tahini at home! This tahini recipe requires only 2 ingredients and can be prepared in less than 30 minutes. Creamy with rich nutty flavor, you can use homemade tahini to make many savory and sweet recipes.
You won't believe how easy it is to make tahini at home! Use it to make all your favorite dishes including roasted garlic hummus or tahini sauce and pair with freshly made falafel. Simple and easy, this recipe calls for just 2 ingredients and a few minutes of your time.
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While tahini is widely available in stores now, it's easy to make it at home for a fraction of the price. Freshly made tahini has a nice flavor and texture that's better than store-bought. You only need two ingredient to make tahini at home: sesame seeds and oil.
What does tahini taste like? Tahini has a distinct rich nutty flavor. Depending on the sesame seeds, tahini can have a subtle hint of bitterness. Overall, this classic sesame paste has a pleasant earthy flavor that goes well with many ingredient.
All About The Sesame Seeds
When it comes to making tahini at home, you can use hulled or unhulled sesame seeds. The tahini paste you find at stores are usually made with hulled sesame seeds, which results in lighter and smoother tahini. I usually opt for toasting hulled sesame seeds for reduced bitterness and enhance flavor.
If using unhulled sesame seeds, the tahini will be less smooth and maybe a bit darker with more distinct flavor.
How To Make Tahini
- Toast the sesame seeds: Put the sesame seeds in a pan over medium heat. Stir frequently and toast until they are fragrant and smell nutty. This would take about 5 to 8 minutes. Keep a close eye, sesame seeds burn quickly.
- Process the sesame seeds: Place the toasted sesame seeds in the bowl of a food processor. Blend until they are crumbly, about 1 minute.
- Add the oil: Add the neutral flavor oil and process again, pausing every now and then to scrape the sides and the bottom of the food processor bowl.
- Process more:After 3 minutes, the tahini should be smooth and pourable. If not, add one more tablespoon of oil and blend again.
If you're looking for sweet recipes using sesame paste, try my tahini cookies or tahini cake with chocolate tahini glaze.
It's best to store tahini in a cool and dry place such as pantry for up to 2 months. Make sure that the jar in completely sealed. If the oil separates, simply stir it with a butter knife or spoon before using.
Can I store tahini in the fridge? Storing the tahini in the fridge would make it a lot thicker.
Frequently Asked Questions
Yes, it's possible to leave out the oil. However, keep in mind that it might take longer to make the sesame paste and the final product might not be as smooth.
You can use neutral flavor oils including grapeseed oil or avocado oil.
Yes, made with only sesame seeds and oil, tahini is vegan, dairy-free and gluten-free.
You can use a blender to make homemade tahini if it's high powered, otherwise a food processor would work best.
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- 2 cups sesame seeds hulled
- 4 tbsp neutral flavor oil such as grapeseed or avocado oil
- Place a pan over medium heat and add the sesame seeds. Stir frequently and toast them for 5 to 8 minutes, until they are fragrant and smell nutty. Keep a close eye because sesame seeds burn quickly.
- Put the toasted sesame seeds into the bowl of a food processor. Blend on high for 2-3 minutes until they are crumbly. Scrape the sides and the bottom of the food processor.
- Add the oil and blend again for 2-3 minutes until the tahini is smooth and pourable. Pause every 30 seconds to scrape the sides and the bottom using a spatula.
- If the tahini is still thick and not pourable, add one more tablespoon of oil and blend again.
- Pour into a jar and seal. Store in a cool, dark and dry place for up to 3 months.