The BEST authentic tahini sauce recipe with garlic, lime juice and fresh parsley! Be sure to watch my video and grab my tips below. This rich, flavor-packed vegan sauce is popular throughout the Mediterranean and the Middle East, and it can elevate any meal from kabobs to falafel sandwiches and everything in between. Perfect served as part of mezze with some warm pita and fresh veggies too!

More Middle Eastern recipes to try: Baba Ghanoush; Mujadara (Lebanese Rice and Lentils); Fattoush Salad; Grilled Lamb Chops; Za'atar Chicken

Tahini Sauce Platter with fresh vegetables and pita wedges

It used to be such an obscure and exotic ingredient to most North American Cooks, but it seems tahini is everywhere now. This humble Middle Eastern staple has made a splash in the health-food market, trendy restaurants, and in home kitchens--adding nutrition, irresistible creaminess and depth to many dishes. And this tahini fanatic does not mind one little bit!

What is tahini? Where to Find It? ETC...

Before we get to today's tahini sauce recipe, let's address a few questions you may have:

- What is tahini? Tahini (pronounced te-hi-ni or ta-hi-na) is a staple of Middle Eastern and Mediterranean Cooking. Tahini is a super creamy, rich vegan paste made by finely grinding roasted sesame seeds until buttery smooth. I've heard some referring to tahini as a "nut butter" of sorts. It's important to remember though that seeds--sesame, sunflower, poppy, and pumpkin--come from plant families that are not closely related to nut-producing trees.

- What does tahini taste like? Good tahini should be rich and luxurious and should taste mildly nutty and savory. Bad tahini paste, on the other hand, could taste bitter and chalky.

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- Where to find tahini paste? I often get questions about where to buy tahini and which brands to use. You can find tahini paste at some specialty Mediterranean and Middle Eastern stores, but why go there when you can purchase it directly from us! We found the best tahini out there and decided to carry it in our store to make it easier for you to purchase. For a full guide to this incredible Mediterranean ingredient, check out our What Is Tahini article.

- How to Use tahini paste? Tahini is used in many things from the ever-popular classic hummus (a must-try!) to sweet desserts like these tahini brownies--quite possibly the best brownies I have ever tasted.

But today, we tackle a super important use of tahini: Tahini Sauce, known at my house as awesome sauce!

BEST Tahini Sauce!

Tahini sauce is popular throughout the Mediterranean and the Middle East. This simple, tangy, and flavor-packed sauce is made by blending rich, nutty tahini paste with citrus (lemon juice or lime juice), fresh garlic, and a little bit of water to aid the consistency.

Tahini sauce ingredients. tahini paste, garlic, lime, parsley

If you like your tahini sauce spicy, add a pinch of cayenne or a little mild aleppo pepper.

In this recipe, I add a large handful of fresh chopped parsley to make a popular Egyptian version of tahini sauce we call tahini bqaudoonis or  tahini with parsley. Fresh mint or dill can be used in place of parsley, if you like.

You can make this easy tahini sauce ahead of time and save it in the fridge for 2 to 3 days or so.

Tahini Sauce

Step-By-Step for this Tahini Sauce Recipe

-Place crushed or minced garlic (with salt), tahini paste, and lime juice (or lemon juice to the bowl of a food processor. Blend.Tahini, garlic, and lime juice blended in food processor

- Tahini sauce will first get thick as it emulsifies. Add a little bit of water at a time and blend again until you reach the desired consistency similar to salad dressing.  Taste and adjust salt.

Tahini sauce full blended into a salad dressing like consistency

- Transfer to a serving bowl and stir in fresh parsley. Serve with warm pita and a side of veggies (more ideas below!)

Tahini sauce with parsley. Lime juice to the side

How to Serve Tahini Sauce?

There are so many ways to enjoy tahini sauce. I use it more often than I can count as part of a big mezze table; to jazz up sandwiches like falafel pitas or chicken shawarama; or to drizzle on top of grilled kabobs, roasted fish, or roasted cauliflower. I also serve it just with a few fresh veggies and some warm pita bread. The possibilities are endless!

Tahini sauce with fresh vegetables and a side of pita wedges

Watch the Video for How To Make Tahini Sauce



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Tahini Sauce

Tahini Sauce Recipe (How to Make Tahini)

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BEST tahini sauce recipe with lime juice, fresh garlic and parsley! Serve it as part of your mezze table, or use it to jazz up sandwiches like falafel pitas or chicken shawarma; or to drizzle on things like roasted cauliflower. The possibilities are endless!


  • 1-2 garlic cloves
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ¾ cup tahini paste
  • ½ cup freshly squeezed lime juice (or lemon juice, if you prefer)
  • ¼ cup cold water, more if needed
  • 1 cup fresh chopped parsley leaves, stems removed first (optional)


  1. Using a mortar and pestle, crush the garlic cloves with the salt into a paste (or mince the garlic and season with salt.)
  2. Add the crushed garlic, tahini paste and lime juice to the bowl of a food processor and blend (it will be thick as it emulsifies.) Add a little bit of water and blend again until you reach the desired consistency.
  3. Transfer the tahini to a serving bowl, and if you like stir in fresh chopped parsley. Enjoy!


  • Cook's Tip: Use only a little bit of water at a time until you reach your desired consistency. Generally, tahini sauce should have a runny, salad dressing-like consistency. But, if you prefer tahini more as a dip, simply use less water.
  • Cook's Tip: Double this recipe if you're serving a large number of people, it will be consumed fast!
  • Make Ahead Tip: You can make this tahini sauce ahead of time, refrigerate in a tight-lid container for 2 to 3 days.
  • Prep Time: 10 mins
  • Category: Dips and Appetizers
  • Method: Mix
  • Cuisine: Middle Eastern

*This post first appeared on The Mediterranean Dish in 2016. It has been recently updated with new information and media for readers' benefit. Enjoy!

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  1. Gillian says:

    Can I use a high speed blender?

    1. TMD Team says:

      You sure can! Enjoy!

      1. Gillian says:

        I did. It was delicious. Thank yo.

  2. Sarah Hibbing says:

    I lick the spatula like it's cookie dough every time I make this.

    1. TMD Team says:

      Ha! We totally get it, Sarah! 🙂

  3. Ann says:

    My “sauce” stayed thick. Like a paste. Even after adding 3x the water listed in the recipe. Any ideas of what I did wrong. Or do I just keep adding water

    1. TMD Team says:

      Hi, Ann. You likely did nothing wrong. It could be the brand of the tahini paste you are using. The added citrus juice can also cause such thickening at first. I would just continue to add water and stir.

  4. Tenley says:

    Huge hit- so amazing and fresh. Served w Med Dish's Shawarma but it was also a very popular just as a dip for fresh veg and pitas. I found the amount of sauce to be too much- I had 18 people for a buffet and made 3 X recipe and it made about 2 1/2c. I had about half leftover. (I used a mortar and pestle but wouldn't bother in future as I think a garlic press would have been far easier and same outcome.)

  5. Teresa Wallace says:

    How do I purchase the sauce?

    1. TMD Team says:

      Hi, Teresa. We don't sell the tahini sauce itself, but we do sell tahini (the main ingredient in this sauce recipe) you can click here to find it in our online shop.

    2. MO says:

      So yummy! It was my first time making tahini but I tried some the other day at a Kebab Shop and yours was better! I did need to use 1/2 cup water. Thank you!!

  6. Basim Abusharif says:

    So good just like moms. Since my mom passed I've been trying to recapture the wonderful tastes of her cooking. Bringing back many wonderful memories. Keep it up Susie you are spot-on with your recipes. Thank you. Basim.

    1. TMD Team says:

      What a wonderful way to keep her close in your heart, Basim!

  7. Rowler says:

    Too sour IMHO.

  8. Lynn says:

    I’m allergic to sesame seeds (& hazelnuts, & Almonds). What would be a good substitution for tahini in this recipe. I want to make the cauliflower shawarma. Thanks.

    1. TMD Team says:

      Hi, Lynn. The tahini is a major star in this recipe, so there really wouldn't be a good substitute for it. Instead, I recommend topping your cauliflower shawarma with tzatziki sauce instead.

  9. SIOBHAN says:

    I cooked this as per the recipe and they came out perfect. I really thought they were too moist and would fall apart but they didn’t.

    I used an ice cream scoop to make them all the same size . It made quick work of that step!

  10. Tracey McVann says:

    Can’t wait to start making some recipes!