A basic Tahini Paste is as simple as it comes – but it’s simplicity and divine texture is the stepping stone for creating variations of Tahini Sauces.
Appliances and tools needed to make Tahini Paste
For some recipes you can get away without using certain appliances. Case in point: you don’t always need a whisk, when you can use a fork; you don’t always need a mixer, when you can use your hands; and you don’t always need a corkscrew to open a bottle of wine, when you can use your shoe.
However, for this recipe, you’ll need a food processor in order to make this Tahini Paste. I’ve heard people try using a blender, or one of those Ninja-blender-things, but I’ve always had the best of luck with a food processor.
What you need to make Tahini Paste
- Hulled sesame seeds, toasted
- Grape seed oil
- Kosher salt
How to make Tahini Paste
Add your sesame seeds to a dry medium sauce pan, and over medium-low heat, begin to toast seeds:
Make sure you’re constantly stirring, since these little guys are prone to burn easily. Once they begin to become fragrant (around 4 minutes), remove the toasted seed from the heat – and let them cool.
While your seeds are cooling, feel free to pour yourself a glass of wine, or cruise instagram, or begin preparing for the next steps. Have your wine? Cruised the ‘gram? Awesome – now grab that food processor of yours, and add your toasted seeds, and process until they’re crumbly (around 1-2 minutes).
Add a pinch of salt, and begin to slowly add in your olive oil until you’ve reached the desired consistency. Keep in mind, you’ll have to stop the food processor every once in a while to scrape the forming paste off the sides of the appliance. Continue this process until the Tahini Paste is complete.
And voila! You’ve just created your own Tahini Paste. Well done!
Use on salads, sandwiches, or as a base for different Tahini Sauces. You can also try it with this delicious recipe, the Buddha Bowl.
Want more ideas for delicious Sauces? Check out these recipes below:
1 cup of hulled sesame seeds, toasted
4 Tbs of grape seed oil
- Add sesame seeds to a dry medium sauce pan, and over medium-low heat, begin to toast seeds
- Stirring constantly (be sure not to let the seeds burn!), until fragrant; around 4 minutes
- Remove toasted seeds from heat, and let them cool completely
- In a food processor add toasted seeds, and process until crumbly (around 1-2 minutes)
- Add a pinch of salt, and begin adding in olive oil until you’ve reached the desired consistency (which for tahini, is normally pourable and smooth)
- Use on salads, sandwiches, or as a base for tahini sauces