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How To Make Homemade Tahini

How to Make Tahini for Hummus Recipe from Scratch

I recently wanted to make some homemade hummus from some chickpeas I had on hand but realized I didn’t have any tahini.  Tahini provides that flavor in hummus that you can’t quite get otherwise and you can purchase it in some specialty stores but it really is easier and much better tasting if you make it homemade from scratch.

How To Make Tahini Sauce

How To Make Homemade Tahini
Recipe Type: Miscellaneous
Cuisine: Middle Eastern
Author: Lisa Samples
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Serves: 1
A middle eastern sauce featuring sesame seeds commonly found in hummus recipes.
  • 1/4 c sesame seeds
  • 3 – 4 T olive oil
  1. If sesame seeds are not toasted, toast them lightly in a pre-heated 300 degree oven for 5 minutes. Do not allow them to brown or burn.
  2. Add sesame seeds to food processor.
  3. Pour in olive oil.
  4. Grind into a pour-able paste (usually takes about 5 minutes) while scraping down the sides.
Great for hummus.

This recipe yields just enough Tahini to make delicious homemade hummus.  I’ll be sure to share my recipe soon!


  1. Mary Ambrosino says

    I never realized how easy this was.

  2. Looks great, Lisa! I am pinning this recipe and will try it out soon! I love hummus!

  3. Only sesame seeds and olive oil? Wow! Whenever I hear ‘tahini’ it makes me imagine it’s some complicated, exotic dipping sauce for some island dish. I’m always learning new things from you 🙂


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