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Middle Eastern Tahini Sauce

An easy everyday tahini sauce recipe that's perfect for falafel, shawarma and kabobs. You can make a big batch of this easy Mediterranean sauce and always have it at hand. 
Prep Time10 mins
Total Time10 mins
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: Mediterranean
Servings: 8 servings
Calories: 91kcal


  • 3 cloves garlic minced
  • ½ cup tahini
  • ½ teaspoon cumin
  • teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • cup water more if needed
  • 2 tablespoon lemon juice freshly squeezed
  • 1 tablespoon chopped parsley optional


  • In a bowl stir the tahini and minced garlic. 
  • Add salt, cayenne pepper and cumin and mix well.
  • Add in the lemon juice and water. Stir to combine and add more water if you like the sauce to be thinner.
  •  Add the chopped parsley (if using), mix and taste to make sure the seasoning is right. Add more salt, cayenne pepper or lemon juice if desired.


  • If you like your tahini sauce runnier, add more water, one tablespoon at a time. 
Other flavor variations include:
  • Lemon tahini sauce: double the amount of lemon juice in the original recipe for more acidity.
  • Spicy tahini sauce: Add ¼ teaspoon more cayenne pepper to the basic tahini sauce recipe.
  • Tahini yogurt sauce: Add 2 tablespoons yogurt to the original tahini sauce recipe and add more water if needed. Tahini yogurt sauce has more subtle tahini flavor and is a bit creamier.
Serving suggestions
Here are a few dishes you can serve the tahini sauce with:


Calories: 91kcal | Carbohydrates: 4g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 151mg | Potassium: 73mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 10IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 23mg | Iron: 1mg