Homemade Tahini {Sesame Paste}

21 Sep

Make your own Tahini (sesame paste) at home with only 2 ingredients! Quick, easy and cost-efficient.

Homemade Tahini Sesame Paste | aNomadsDream.com

Welcome to the second installment of a Nomad’s Dish – a new series of international recipes on aNomadsDream.com

This second stop on our Taste Trip is going to be a two-part post. The actual recipe for which we will need today’s Tahini will be posted next week (any guesses?)

So let’s talk about Tahini. It is basically a paste made from ground sesame seeds and is predominantly used in Middle Eastern and North African cuisine. There it is used as a dip or topping by itself or as an ingredient for other dishes.

I have been unsuccessful in finding Tahini in the stores around here but since I have seseame seeds and a food processor on hand, I set out to make my own.

Turns out, homemade Tahini is a lot more cost-efficent, as it is a lot cheaper to make than to buy and you can make only as much as you will need – no risk of that expensive jar of store-bought Tahini going rancid.

Homemade Tahini Sesame Paste | aNomadsDream.com

Traditionally, Tahini is made from hulled sesame seeds. I only have unhulled sesame available right now so my Tahini-version is a little darker in color and not quite as smooth. However, unhulled seeds are more nutritious and less susceptible to rancidity.

Whether you are using hulled or unhulled sesame for your Tahini, you should definitely toast the seeds first. Toasting intensifies sesame’s warm, nutty flavor.

I dry-roast them in a pan on low heat for about 10 minutes. It is important to stir often to prevent the seeds from burning since they are quite sensitive. They don’t really need to take on a lot of color.

To make the paste, place toasted sesame seeds and olive oil in a food processor and process until smooth, scraping down the sides and adding more oil as needed.

Homemade Tahini {Sesame Paste}

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 15 minutes

Yield: 2/3 cup Tahini

Homemade Tahini {Sesame Paste}

Make your own Tahini (sesame paste) at home with only two ingredients. Recipe can easily be doubled or tripled as needed.



  1. Place sesame seeds in a dry pan and toast onlow heat for 10 minutes. Stir often and watch carefully - you don't need much color. Let seeds cool after toasting.
  2. Place sesame seeds and 2 tablespoons of olive oil in a food processor and process until smooth. Scrape down the sides as needed and add more olive oil for desired consistency.
  3. Keep refrigerated.

Recipe adapted from Cinnamon Spice and Everything Nice

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2 thoughts on “Homemade Tahini {Sesame Paste}

  1. Can you dry roast black sesame seeds and could they be used in a tahini paste? If not, would appreciate any ideas on how to serve those, I read these were more nutritious than white so I picked them up.


    • Hi Beverley, in Asia black sesame is used a lot in sweet food. I’ve tried it myself in black sesame snaps or these black sesame macarons. I love the intense nutty flavor but I have no experience cooking it myself. A quick Google search shows me however that others are toasting black sesame seeds for tahini and are even making fancy hummus varieties with it. So I’d say, go ahead and try it 😀

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