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.

Tahini Sauce Recipe (How to Make Tahini) | The Mediterranean Dish. The best Middle Eastern tahini sauce recipe with garlic, lime juice, and fresh parsley. Easy recipe. A versatile sauce for sandwiches, salad, or as a dip with your meats and fish. See it on TheMediterraneanDish.com

- 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.

- 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)


Description

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!


Ingredients

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  • 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)

Instructions

  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!

Notes

  • 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. Standing! The best tahini I’ve ever had. I made mine with lemon and lime, with the parsley right and added a little extra salt. It’s truly amazing and easy. I used the sauce for homemade falafels from a YouTube video by fit Green mind. I added jalapeños and some red pepper flakes to that to spice it up over a bed of field greens, Jerusalem cucumbers and cherry tomatoes! Truly outstanding!

  2. This sauce recipe rocks! I suggest being a little light on the lime. Some limes are stronger than others or have more juice. You can always add more of it after the completed the recipe and just blend some more. Cheers

  3. The directions say to put everything in a food processor. How much of each ingredient an I using? At least a ratio would be nice.

    1. Hi, Rebecca. If you hit the "Jump to Recipe" button under the title, you will be taken to a recipe card with all of those details. Enjoy!

    1. Hi, Gail. We are able to find both in local grocery stores here in Georgia. The dried/uncooked chickpeas are usually located with the dried beans. Tahini paste can usually be found in the "international" section. We also happen to sell tahini paste in our online shop. If you ever need any other guidance, please reach out to us at info@themediterraneandish.com. 🙂

  4. Lovely meeting you and enjoying your menu foods at Lucian!! Congrats on your book NYTimes best seller list! We look forward to another!!

  5. Yeah, that's the real deal! Good stuff. Top a big spinach salad with bell pepper strips, thin-sliced sweet onion, tomato wedges, sliced hard-boiled egg and a small fistful of shredded mozzarella; use tahini sauce as a salad dressing to drizzle on top. Serve with warm pita. The tahini sauce pairs perfectly with the spinach, better than the usual sweet dressing most people furnish.

  6. Question: I have cilantro but not parsley; can I substitute in this dish? Or would mint be better; I have that too. Thanks for your wonderful recipes!

  7. I love your recipes and they consistently come up well. Soit was a surprise when this one was a disaster and I have a feeling it was a problem with the tahini paste ( or me or both.) The paste was very separated so I mixed it as well as I could. I made the recipe as is and even with the water it was the consistency of mortar. Thicker really. I added water… about a cup and a half. And more lime juice. Then a touch of oil. Still horribly thick. Finally tried adding a bunch of plain nonfat greek yogurt. Still very thick , clumpy and inedible. I haven’t used tahini paste before so I’m guessing the problem lies there. What should the paste consistency be upon opening? Any other thoughts on where things went wrong?

    1. Hi, Derri. Not sure what may have gone wrong here. It might have been the tahini past you were using. After stirring, the tahini paste I use is smooth and pourable.

  8. Wow this tahini sauce is incredible! I have been searching for a good recipe for my buddha bowls 🙂 and mediterranean dishes. I can't wait to try more of your recipes. Thank you so much 🙂

  9. I am making this tonight without a doubt that this will be nothing less than perfect! Every recipe here has been amazing, your videos are excellent and fun to watch, my pantry is now perfectly stocked & we are not only eating healthier, but absolutely love every recipe (about 10) that we have tried from your site so far.

  10. Not just for this recipe, but Thank You! Your recipes have become my go to for Mediterranean. I used to look recipes up on multiple sites and compare. I would try different ones. I have since learned thats a waste of time. I always think yours is best of the multiple i would try. Now i dont waste ingredients or time. I just look up your recipe. Thanks so much.

  11. Not just for this recipe, but Thank You! Your recipes have become my go to for Mediterranean. I used to look recipes up on multiple sites and compare. I would try different ones. I have since learned thats a waste of time. I always think yours is best of the multiple i woyld try. Now i dont waste ingredients or time. I just look up your recipe. Thanks so much.

  12. This is so good! Even though I'm old, I never had anything like it. I think Soom is the best. I'm trying to eat healthier in my old age. Tomorrow I make your Vegetarian Stuffed Eggplants which sound interesting and tasty. Even found the Moroccan couscous at my local store. Thankyou for taking the time to post all these wonderful recipes.

  13. Hi Suzy,
    I had the honor and pleasure of making all three of your recipes, Falafels, tahini and salad. All came out super delicious. Thank you so very much for sharing your ethnic food and culture with me! With all do respect, I would like to mention though, that I believe in your Falafel recipe the tablespoon of pepper is probably inaccurate. I was smart enough to not have used that amount or I would have had to open a Falafel stand, lol, but others may not realize such. I would think it is not over 1/8 of a teaspoon or even less otherwise, it will be exceedingly peppery. I would actually even use less than an 1/8 even though I love spice as a little black pepper goes a long way. Thank you once again. I look forward to making more of your awesome recipes. Have a wonderful New Year 2022! Stay safe and God Bless you and your family! 💖❤💝🤩😍🥳💯