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

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Tahini Sauce

Tahini Sauce Recipe (How to Make Tahini)


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

Keywords: Tahini, Tahini Sauce, How to Make Tahini Sauce

*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. Loved the flavor! How do you keep the sauce white? Mine came out very green because of the mint and dill.

    1. stir the fresh herbs in at the end, after your blending is done. then it will be white with a splash of colour.

  2. Hi Suzy!
    I made your recipe for falafels a few years ago. It didn’t have onion though but it tasted just like the ones I got in Israel.
    I kept the recipe written on paper and now I found your recipe and turns out the same, I even wrote your name on it!
    I don’t deep fry anymore, I have an air fryer. Do you think that will work?
    I’m so glad I found you!
    I will try the air fryer and let you know my results. Toda roba ??

    1. Yes... please let me know! I often get questions about using an air fryer, but have never tried it myself. I'd love your feedback!

  3. i Have a Trader Joe’s organic tahini. It is not white like yours. It’s tan. Is it still basically the same? Will it taste the same? Thanks!

  4. I’ve made this tahini sauce so many times! Always turns out so good! So simple but so delicious. Thank you thank you thank you! Lots of love from Melbourne, Australia

  5. Delicious and authentic. Served it with falafels but works great as dip for veggies too. Total keeper!

  6. Thank you for the great recipes. We do not consume oil. Is there oil in your tahini paste? We want to have tahini without oil, but they all seem to be made with olive oil. Thank you for your guidance.

  7. This was AMAZING!! Just like the tahina sauce we used to get back in Middle Easr with grilled chicken! Thanks so much!!

  8. Simple is best. I've seen versions that have upwards of 10 ingredients but I've been making it this way for longer than I care to remember. I think it would be great to have an article on regional difference in yogurt sauces. My wife and I love it with Dill. Thanks for the awesome recipes.

  9. Love this recipe......does it matter if you use the Italian flat parsley or the regular parsley?

    1. Either parsley options should work, Joanne! Italian parsley is a little stronger in taste, but both should be fine.

  10. Homemade tahini is my favorite! This is such a fantastic recipe, thank you so much!

  11. Love this! Tahini works so well with so many flavours. This is delicious and informative 🙂

  12. Such a fabulous basic kitchen staple! I always have a hard time finding great tahini paste, thanks for providing the recommendations 🙂

  13. This Tahini paste look so creamy and surely yummy too. Love it as a party dip option.

  14. I can think of so many uses for this delicious tahini sauce! And, I will definitely be using the rest of the tahini paste to make those brownies that you mentioned!