Easy Homemade Tahini Recipe

Discover how to make your own tahini paste with this super simple, two step homemade tahini recipe! Tahini is a unique, delicious paste made from ground sesame seeds that is commonly used in the Greek, Turkish and Middle Eastern cuisines.

Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Total Time15 mins
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: Greece
Keyword: sesame seeds, tahini
Servings: 8


  • 2 1/2 cups sesame seeds
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil


  • To make this homemade tahini recipe you can either use the sesame seeds raw or roasted. Roasting the sesame seeds will make them easier to grind and your tahini will have better texture.
  • But if you have a really good food processor use them raw as tahini made from raw sesame is lower in fat than tahini made from roasted.
  • If you choose to make this tahini recipe with roasted sesame seeds preheat the oven to 190-200C. Place the sesame seeds on a large baking tray and roast them for about 5 minutes, until fragrant and glossy. Sesame seeds can burn very quickly, so make sure to shake them frequently and be careful not to brown them.
  • Place the sesame seeds in a food processor (fitted with the metal blade) and pour in the vegetable oil. Process for about 5 minutes until you have a smooth tahini paste. (Pulse for about 1 minute, scrape them from the sides, pulse again and repeat). Add a little bit more oil if necessary, to bring the paste to a thick pouring consistency.
  • Tahini paste can be stored for several months in an air tight container in the refrigerator.

Photo credit: www.mygreekdish.com

Inspiration: www.mygreekdish.com, toriavey.com