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sesame seed paste


If you are a Mediterranean food junkie like me this recipe you will find useful, you could save money and time since Tahini has a long life when stored appropriately. Tahini has a nutty delicious flavor that provides depth or that “aha” moment to many dishes.


  • 5 cups sesame seeds
  • 1 ½ cups of quality olive oil (prefer Lebanese or Greek but you can use Italian or Spanish too)

Preparation time: 60 minutes. Makes a lot of servings, around 4 cups. Approximate cost per person $0.15 depending on olive oil market price. You will need a pan or baking sheet, food processor and glass containers for storing purposes.

Preheat oven to 350oF. Toast sesame seeds for 5-10 minutes, tossing the seeds frequently with a spatula. If decide to use the stove you can place the seeds in a pan and move constantly. The trick is to not allow the seeds to brown as they could become bitter. Cool for 20 minutes or until there are cold.

Next step pour the sesame seeds into your food processor and add the olive oil. Blend for 2 minutes. Check for consistency. The goal is a thick, yet pourable texture. Add more oil and blend until desired consistency.

To preserve Tahini keep refrigerated in a tightly closed container, preferably glass. If stored appropriately you will be able to use and enjoy for up to 3 months. Tahini can be used to prepare Hummus, Babaganoush , Falafel, Halvah and many Mediterranean recipes. I you have peanut allergies Tahini paste can replace peanut butter in dishes that call for this ingredient.


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Author:Chef Adriana Martin

Adriana Martin is a Latina writer born in Mexico who is specialized in recipe development using fresh and seasonal ingredients. The inspiration behind her recipes is based on the culinary culture of Mexico and influenced by the Mediterranean cuisine and grilling which is one of her passions. Adriana likes to read about the latest trends in cuisine, learn about new cultures, travel the world discovering new ingredients and sharing with famous chefs. She is a wife, friend, step mom, grandmother and animal lover.

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  • http://www.mamalatinatips.com Silvia

    Hello Adriana, thanks for visiting my page and leaving a comment. And thanks for the recipe! I’ve been looking for tahini all over town and I couldn’t find it! now I can make my own.

    Beautiful page!

    • http://adrianasbestrecipes.com Adriana

      Hi Silvia, thanks for following me and for visiting this page. I’m glad my recipe for Tahini was helpful. Un abrazo!