35+ Recipes With Tahini (Uses For Tahini)

The flavor of tahini is versatile, and it is a key ingredient in many Middle Eastern and Mediterranean dishes. Here’s 35+ creative recipes using tahini. From dips like hummus and baba ganoush, as well as dressings, sauces, and marinades. You’ll also find sweet recipes, such as desserts and baked goods, where it adds a distinctive nutty flavor.

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Tahini is a versatile ingredient that is commonly used in Middle Eastern, Mediterranean, and North African cuisines. It is a paste made from ground sesame seeds and has a rich, nutty flavor. Here are several popular uses for tahini:

  1. Hummus: Tahini is a key ingredient in traditional hummus recipes. It adds creaminess and depth of flavor to the chickpea dip.
  2. Salad dressings and sauces: Tahini can be used as a base for creamy salad dressings, such as a tahini-lemon dressing. It can also be thinned out with water, lemon juice, or other liquids to create sauces for drizzling over vegetables, falafel, or grilled meats.
  3. Dips and spreads: Beyond hummus, tahini can be used to make various dips and spreads. It can be combined with yogurt, garlic, lemon juice, and herbs to create a tasty dip for vegetables or pita bread.
  4. Baked goods: Tahini can be incorporated into baked goods like cookies, cakes, and brownies. It adds a distinct nutty flavor and can enhance the richness and moistness of the final product.
  5. Middle Eastern dishes: Tahini is commonly used in Middle Eastern recipes such as baba ganoush (roasted eggplant dip), tahini sauce for falafel or shawarma, and halva (a sweet confection made from tahini and sugar).
  6. Smoothies and shakes: Adding a spoonful of tahini to your smoothies or shakes can provide a creamy texture and add a nutty taste.
  7. Marinades and dressings for roasted vegetables: Tahini can be combined with olive oil, garlic, lemon juice, and spices to make a delicious marinade for roasted vegetables. It adds a wonderful depth of flavor and helps to create a caramelized coating on the vegetables.

These are just a few examples of how tahini can be used. It’s a versatile ingredient that can enhance both sweet and savory dishes.

Keep reading to discover 35+ delicious recipes that use tahini!

The BEST Recipes Using Tahini

Overhead shot of tahini yogurt sauce in bowl topped with pomegranate seeds and with pita dipped into it.
This creamy Middle Eastern Yogurt Sauce will quickly become your new favorite quick & easy go to. Drizzle it over grilled salmon, serve it with lamb kebabs or shawarma, or use it as a yogurt dip for veggies.
Middle Eastern Yogurt Sauce
Overhead shot of smashed brussel sprouts drizzled with lemon tahini dressing.
These Smashed Brussel Sprouts are flattened so that they become extra crispy when roasted in the oven. Drizzled with the most amazing Lemon Tahini Sauce. 
Smashed Brussel Sprouts
Overhead shot of roasted cauliflower salad in grey bowl with spoon next to small bowl of tahini dressing.
This Cauliflower Chickpea Salad with Creamy Tahini Dressing combines roasted cauliflower & chickpeas with fluffy quinoa and creamy avocados. It’s a healthy, protein-packed salad that can be made ahead of time. 
Cauliflower Chickpea Salad with Creamy Tahini Dressing
Overhead shot of tan tan noodles in bowl with black chopsticks.
Tantanmen Ramen (aka Tan Tan Noodles or Dan Dan Noodles) combines delicious ramen noodles and ground pork with a spicy, creamy broth that's seasoned with chili oil, peanut butter and sesame paste.
Tantanmen Ramen
PREPARED SQUASH SALAD IN BOWL.
This Roasted Squash Salad with Creamy Tahini Dressing combines roasted butternut squash & chickpeas with fluffy quinoa and a dreamy, creamy maple tahini dressing. It’s a delicious and fresh  salad that can be made ahead of time.
Roasted Squash Salad with Creamy Tahini Dressing
Hands holding bowl of hummus topped with whipped feta & chili oil.
Never choose between hummus or whipped feta again! This Hummus with Whipped Feta and Chili Oil is a party-ready dip that features layers of whipped feta cheese and homemade classic hummus. The spicy chili oil on top cuts through the richness and explodes with flavor!
Hummus with Whipped Feta
Grilled lamb kebabs on plate with dollops of sesame sauce.
This Lamb Kebab Recipe is delicious! Served with a creamy sesame sauce, every bite is enhanced with its rich, nutty, and pleasantly tangy flavors.
Lamb Kebab Recipe
Overhead close up of bowl of harissa hummus.
This easy and spicy Harissa Hummus will have you hooked with its smoky and wonderfully aromatic flavor.
Harissa Hummus
Overhead shot of farro salad in large black bowl with spoon.
This Farro Salad with Basil & Lemon Tahini Dressing is a delicious salad that can be made ahead of time, making it perfect for busy workday lunches or potlucks.
Farro Salad with Basil & Lemon Tahini Dressing
OVERHEAD SHOT OF BOWL OF BABA GANOUSH SWIRLED WITH OLIVE OIL.
This Baba Ganoush recipe with grilled eggplant is amazingly smooth and creamy with a delicious smoky flavor. Serve it alongside some fresh pita bread and vegetables for a delicious Mediterranean spread.
Baba Ganoush
Cooked shrimp skewers arranged on a grey plate with bowl of creamy green sauce.
Grilled Shrimp Skewers with Green Tahini Sauce are perfect for summer barbeques and so simple to prepare. 
Shrimp Skewers with Green Tahini Sauce
Side view of veggie burger topped with pickled cabbage, tahini sauce and avocado.
These Veggie Burgers with Pickled Cabbage & Tahini Sauce are full of flavor & plant protein! Perfect for the grilling season!!
Veggie Burgers with Pickled Cabbage & Tahini Sauce
Overhead shot of roasted broccoli next to bowl of basil tahini sauce.
This Roasted Broccoli with Garlic & Basil Tahini Sauce will seriously knock your socks off. Who knew that veggies could taste so good! Warning: You will want this sauce on everything… 
Roasted Broccoli with Garlic & Basil Tahini Sauce
A cross between a falafel sandwich & chickpea veggie burger, this Grilled Falafel Burger recipe is filled with fresh flavor & hearty texture!
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Easy, quick-cooking (30 min), Saucy Tahini Noodles with Honey’d Sweet Potatoes…the perfect colorful, healthy, saucy noodle to enjoy any night of the week!
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This loaded, lush butter lettuce salad recipe—drizzled with a delicious tahini dressing—sparkles with fresh herbs and a seed mixture that’s anything but ‘for the birds’.
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This EASY and HEALTHY veggie shawarma recipe is the ultimate sheet-pan veg shawarma dinner! It takes just 15 min to prep (w/ 2 meal prep options).
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This Roasted Eggplant with Tahini Sauce is great both as a main or as a side dish. Try it with a toasted baguette or a choice of protein.
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Crispy halloumi salad – topped with salty fried pieces of halloumi, chickpeas, parsley, and avocados in creamy garlic and tahini dressing.
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Cauliflower Shawarma Wraps with Green Tahini and Feta: a mostly healthy, delicious, well rounded meal, that’s quick and easy to make and full of middle eastern flavor!
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Roasted Vegetable Bowls with Green Tahini are perfect for lunch or dinner!
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Chicken thighs and potatoes get a spicy-sweet harissa glaze and flavorful tahini sauce in this easy sheet pan recipe.
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This tahini pasta salad with halloumi, snap peas, radishes, arugula, and mint is loaded with bright flavors and a creamy tahini dressing.
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This cauliflower pita is made with roasted whole cauliflower mixed with green onion, tahini and zhoug piled into pita for a vegetarian entrée
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Citrus Avocado Salad with Orange Tahini Vinaigrette. A go-to wintry salad…fresh, easy, and delicious. Enjoy for lunch, as a light dinner, or as a side!
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Healthy and versatile bowls that come together under a generous drizzle of addictingly creamy vegan chipotle tahini sauce.
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Chickpea patties are made with all the same ingredients as classic falafel, but they’re pan fried instead of deep fried.
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This one-dish meal is abundant in good-for-you ingredients, and is endlessly customizable. We build ours around whole grains, legumes, and fresh vegetables with a drizzle of vegan cashew cheese sauce.
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Zhoug is a vibrant green Yemini spicy cilantro sauce/ condiment used for sandwiches, grilled meats and seafood.
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Buffalo Cauliflower with Spicy Tahini Ranch…a delicious alternative to restaurant buffalo chicken…made in a healthier, less greasy, way.
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Chilled soba noodle tossed in tahini miso sauce topped with crispy shiitakes, thinly sliced cucumber for a healthy-ish salad bowl.
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Rich and Creamy Tahini Hot Chocolate: Perfectly sweet and best enjoyed with a large helping of whipped cream and chocolate shavings…DELISH!
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Tahini scotcheroos are an update on the classic no-bake summertime dessert we all know & love!
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Tahini Banana Bread is a must try breakfast treat!
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Healthier, but so delicious, Salted Tahini Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies…easy to make, no chill, gluten-free, and take less than 30 minutes!
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Tahini Caramel Sauce is delicious on ice cream, pies, cakes and more!
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Tahini FAQs

What Does Tahini Taste Like?

Tahini has a unique flavor profile. It is made from ground sesame seeds, resulting in a rich, nutty, and slightly bitter taste. The flavor can vary depending on the brand and the specific sesame seeds used.

The bitterness in tahini can be subtle or more pronounced, depending on personal preference and the quality of the sesame seeds. Some tahini varieties may have a milder, smoother taste, while others might have a stronger, earthier flavor.

Tahini also has a creamy and smooth texture, which adds to its appeal. It is often described as having a buttery consistency, similar to a thick nut butter.

How Long Does Tahini Last?

The shelf life of tahini can vary depending on various factors such as the brand, storage conditions, and whether it has been opened or not. In general, unopened tahini can last for a year or more beyond its “best before” date when stored in a cool, dry place.

Once opened, tahini should be stored in the refrigerator to help prolong its freshness. When properly stored in the refrigerator, opened tahini can typically last for about 6 to 12 months.

It’s worth noting that tahini, especially if it’s all-natural without any preservatives, can develop a layer of oil on top, even when unopened. This is a natural occurrence, and it can be easily mixed back into the tahini before use.

Always refer to the packaging or manufacturer’s instructions for specific guidelines on the shelf life of the tahini you have purchased, as it can vary slightly between brands.

Can you Freeze Tahini?

Yes, you can freeze tahini. Freezing tahini can help extend its shelf life and prevent it from going bad. However, it’s important to note that tahini may undergo some changes in texture after being frozen and thawed. The oil in tahini can separate and form a layer on top, resulting in a thicker consistency.

To freeze tahini, follow these steps:

  1. Ensure the tahini is stored in an airtight container or freezer-safe bag. If the tahini is in a glass jar, transfer it to a freezer-safe container, leaving some space at the top for expansion.
  2. Label the container with the date of freezing to keep track of its shelf life.
  3. Place the container in the freezer.
  4. When you’re ready to use the frozen tahini, remove it from the freezer and let it thaw in the refrigerator. Thawing slowly in the refrigerator helps maintain the tahini’s quality.
  5. After thawing, stir the tahini thoroughly to incorporate the separated oil. The texture may be slightly different, but it should still be usable.

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35+ BEST Uses for Tahini

Tahini is versatile & it's a key ingredient in many Middle Eastern & Mediterranean dishes. Here's 35+ creative recipes using tahini! Try this creamy Tahini Yogurt Sauce will quickly become your new favorite quick & easy go to. Drizzle it over grilled salmon, serve it with lamb kebabs or shawarma, or use it as a yogurt dip for veggies.
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Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
Servings: 6 people

Ingredients

To Garnish:

Instructions

  • Combine yogurt, tahini and lemon juice in a large bowl.
  • Drizzle with olive oil and top with pomegranate seeds, fresh parsley, cumin seeds and chili powder. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. Serve.

Notes

Leftovers will keep in the fridge for up to three days. Store tightly wrapped or in an airtight container. 
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Nutrition

Calories: 88kcal | Carbohydrates: 4g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 2mg | Sodium: 18mg | Potassium: 87mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 106IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 47mg | Iron: 1mg

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