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    Tahini Sauce

    I can’t get enough of the perfect balance of creamy, tangy, and savory with this amazing Tahini Sauce. Made with just a few simple ingredients, this versatile sauce is a staple in Middle Eastern cuisine.

    My recipe combines rich tahini, zesty lemon juice, and a hint of garlic for a burst of flavor in every bite. This tahini sauce will quickly become your go-to condiment for any meal!

    My easy homemade Tahini Sauce is the perfect accompaniment to Mediterranean meals like falafel and kebabs.

    We usually have a jar of tahini in our cupboard because we always make our own Hummus from scratch. This time I wanted to make something that focused more on the nutty sesame seed flavors.

    Tahini sauce is a very common condiment in the eastern Mediterranean, and it goes with a variety of dishes. I love it with Falafel, kebabs like Shish Tawook, and as a tzatziki alternative with Chicken Shawarma.

    Ingredients Needed

    • Tahini – The star ingredient, made from ground toasted sesame seeds. I get it from the international section of my local supermarket, but if you can’t find it in yours check specialty stores or online.
    • Lemon juice – Freshly squeezed. This gives the sauce some nice fresh zing.
    • Garlic – Not so much to overpower the other ingredients, but just enough to add its presence.
    • Ice water – I add this gradually until the sauce reaches my desired consistency.
    • Sea salt – Feel free to adjust the amount based on your palate.

    Tahini Sauce Recipe

    First I add the tahini, lemon juice and minced garlic in a bowl, along with about 4 tablespoons of ice water. I mix it well, then gradually stir in more water until I get the consistency I prefer. This is at around six total tablespoons of water.

    Then I give it a taste, add in my salt, and give it a final stir.

    Tahini sauce in a blue bowl.

    Serving Suggestions

    As I mentioned earlier, tahini sauce is great with falafel, kebabs and shawarma. Here are some other ideas:

    • Serve it as appetizer dip with cut up veggies and pita bread.
    • I like to thin it down with a little more water and use it as a salad dressing.
    • Drizzle tahini sauce over grilled or roasted vegetables or meats.
    • Make it part of a Mezze Platter along with other dips like Melitzanosalata and Baba Ganoush.
    • Sometimes I’ll even use it as a condiment for sandwiches and wraps.
    A bowl of this sauce accompanied by cut up veggies.

    There you go, one more great sauce to add to your collection.

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    Tahini Sauce, on our Gypsy Plate… enjoy!

    Bowl of tahini sauce atop the Gypsy Plate.

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    Tahini Sauce

    Yield: 8 servings
    Prep Time: 5 minutes
    Total Time: 5 minutes

    My easy homemade Tahini Sauce is the perfect accompaniment to Mediterranean meals like falafel and kebabs.


    • 1 cup tahini
    • ½ cup lemon juice
    • 2 garlic cloves, minced
    • 6 tablespoons ice water
    • sea salt, to taste (I use about ¼ teaspoon)


    1. Add the tahini, lemon juice and minced garlic in a bowl, along with about 4 tablespoons of ice water and mix it well.
    2. Gradually stir in more water until you get the consistency you prefer. This is at around six total tablespoons of water for me.
    3. Taste and adjust for salt.
    Nutrition Information
    Yield 8 Serving Size 1
    Amount Per Serving Calories 181Total Fat 16gSaturated Fat 2gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 13gCholesterol 0mgSodium 87mgCarbohydrates 8gFiber 2gSugar 0gProtein 5g

    Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

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