If you’ve always loved the rich and earthy flavor of tahini, my easy tahini sauce recipe gives you everything you need to make this Middle-Eastern-inspired sauce at home. Once you try it, you’ll want to use it with everything, from salads to roasted vegetables and meats.
Tahini Sauce Recipe
I’m always looking to bring other influences into my cooking, and the Middle East and Levant have some wonderful combinations to get inspiration from.
When you make your own tahini sauce, you can really bring out those rich, nutty, and earthy notes, and reach a creamy consistency that allows you to pour it effortlessly over foods.
There’s no end to the joy you can have with this sauce. Bring it to the table for any feast or spread, and try it with so many other dishes.
To make my earthy tahini sauce recipe, you’ll need the following ingredients:
- Tahini – 1/2 cup tahini paste
- Lemon Juice – 1/4 cup of freshly squeezed lemon juice
- Garlic – 1 large or 2 small cloves of garlic
- Water – 1/2 cup of ice-cold water
- Salt – 1/2 tsp of kosher salt
Step 1 – In a large bowl, mix the tahini paste, fresh lemon juice, one clove of minced garlic, and salt with a whisk.
Step 2 – Slowly add in the water (one tablespoon at a time) while whisking until you have a smooth consistency. I used 1/2 cup of water (8 tablespoons), but you may need less or more, depending on the tahini paste you use.
Step 3 – Taste and adjust for salt, lemon juice, or extra garlic as you prefer.
Now for the fun part! There are so many sides and dishes you can use this sauce on, so get ready to get creative. If you want a little inspiration, here are some of my favorites.
Tahini sauce drizzled over roasted veggies, such as bell pepper and eggplant, is a great way to enjoy this sauce.
My beet, chickpea, and feta salad also benefits from a generous drizzle of tahini sauce at the end, before serving.
In all honestly, you could try tahini sauce with lots of other vegetable-based savory salads, to add some creaminess and earthiness.
If you want a pairing for couscous, coat it with tahini sauce and serve it on other sides, such as salad and grilled meat.
On the topic of grilled meat, you can easily pour this sauce over hot, spiced meats, such as beef or lamb kebabs, or chicken skewers.
For you falafel lovers, this is an ideal sauce to put in a falafel wrap, or to pour over or dip fried falafel balls in.
If you want to keep things simple, a bowl of tahini sauce with some fresh pita bread, ideally cut into slices, is a great way to enjoy this sauce.
Tahini Sauce Recipe
- 1/2 cup tahini paste
- 1/4 cup of freshly squeezed lemon juice
- 1 large or 2 small cloves of garlic
- 1/2 cup of ice-cold water
- 1/2 tsp of kosher salt
- In a large bowl, mix the tahini paste, fresh lemon juice, one clove of minced garlic, and salt with a whisk.
- Slowly add the water (one tablespoon at a time) while whisking until you have a smooth consistency. I used 1/2 cup of water (8 tablespoons), but you may need less or more, depending on the tahini paste you use.
- Taste and adjust for salt, lemon juice, or extra garlic as you prefer.
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