November 22, 2023 · Written by Foodtolive Team

How to Make Tahini at Home

Welcome to our kitchen! Today, we’re going to show you how to make homemade tahini, and the best part is, it only requires one ingredient! Say goodbye to store-bought versions filled with additives and oils. Let’s dive into this easy and oil-free tahini recipe.

Prep Time: 15 min | Cook Time: 5 min | Total Time: 20 min | Servings: 1 jar (8 oz)

Calories: 89 | Total Fat: 8g | Sugars: 0g | Fiber: 2g | Protein: 3g




  1. Place a dry skillet or pan over medium heat.
  2. Add 2 cups of sesame seeds and toast them for about 3-4 min, stirring frequently. You’ll know they’re ready when they turn golden brown and become fragrant.
  3. Transfer the toasted sesame seeds to a food processor or blender.
  4. Blend on high until the seeds break down and begin to form a smooth paste. This process may take a few minutes, so be patient.
  5. Periodically stop the blender or food processor and scrape down the sides with a spatula to ensure even blending.
  6. Resume blending until your tahini reaches your desired consistency. Depending on your processor’s power, it may take 10-12 min of processing for the mixture to turn into a smooth sauce. 
  7. Transfer to an airtight container. It can be stored in the refrigerator for up to a few weeks.


  • Use hulled sesame seeds for a smoother and creamier tahini.
  • Allow your tahini to cool before using it or transferring it to a storage container.
  • Get creative with your tahini by adding lemon juice, garlic, or other seasonings for extra flavor.
  • Enjoy the versatility of tahini in various recipes, from salad dressings to savory sauces and sweet treats.

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