The sauce I put on just about anything! This easy and creamy lemon tahini sauce is mixed with garlic, fresh lemon juice and spices that is the perfect addition to drizzle over grilled meats and vegetables.
If I could drizzle tahini sauce on everything I would, and do quite honestly. The creamy, nutty sauce is addictive and there are so many variations from savory, to herby to sweet.
How to make Tahini Sauce
Making tahini sauce couldn’t be easier. If you have a food processor that is, but good ol’ elbow grease does the trick too.
Making tahini sauce starts with a jar of tahini, which is sesame seed paste. You can usually find it in the nut butter section of your local store.
In a food processor, add tahini sauce, garlic, lemon juice, olive oil, spices and water and starts blending. Check for consistency and add more water if needed. As you blend, it will start to get thick and then become thinner for drizzling.
I personally prefer my tahini sauce to be the consistency of honey and the longer it sits, or as it sits in the fridge, it will thicken up. When that happens, just add a bit more water and a good blend or mix to loosen the sauce up.
Tahini Sauce Variations
There are SOOO many variations you can do with tahini. Once you have the base down, have fun and experiment.
Here are some of my favorite ways to mix up tahini sauce:
Tahini Yogurt: Mix a bit of yogurt in with the tahini sauce, which will give a little tang that is so fantastic. I like to use this for my homemade falafel.
Green Tahini Sauce: One of my most popular recipes from my cookbook, entitled “Magical Green Tahini Sauce, is full of fresh herbs such as mint, cilantro and parsley but use any or all (tender) green herbs that you have, such as basil and chives too.
Honey Tahini Sauce: Now for a sweet version that is so fantastic for dessert! I made this sweeter version for blueberry borekas and honestly could drizzle it on top of anything sweet!
Homemade Tahini Sauce
- In a food processor, add tahini paste, garlic, lemon juice, 1 tablespoon of olive oil, spices and water and blend until smooth.
- Use a small spatula to scrape down sauce as needed and add more water if sauce is too thick. Blend until desired consistency and sauce has similar consistency as honey.
- Pour sauce into a bowl and garnish with olive oil, paprika, cayenne and chopped herbs.