Easy 3 Ingredient Tahini
Tahini is a paste made from sesame seeds and this recipe couldn’t be easier. Only 3 ingredients, sesame seeds, oil and salt. Tahini is a staple in Mediterranean and Middle East cuisines. It’s vegan, gluten free and has a nutty taste. Even though most of us know tahini because we use it in our homemade hummus recipes, tahini has many other uses like tahini salad dressing, sauces, and even in dessert recipes!
- 1 cup sesame seeds, we prefer hulled
- 2 to 4 tablespoons neutral flavored oil such as grape seed, canola or a light olive oil
- Salt to taste
TOAST SESAME SEEDS
Add sesame seeds to a wide, dry saucepan over medium-low heat and toast, stirring constantly until the seeds become fragrant and very lightly colored (not brown), 3 to 5 minutes. Careful here, sesame seeds can burn quickly.
Transfer toasted seeds to a baking sheet or large plate and cool completely.
Add sesame seeds to the bowl of a food processor then process until a crumbly paste forms, about 1 minute.
Add 3 tablespoons of the oil then process for 2 to 3 minutes more, stopping to scrape the bottom and sides of the food processor a couple times. Check the tahini’s consistency. It should be smooth, not gritty and should be pourable. You may need to process for another minute or add the additional tablespoon of oil.
Taste the tahini for seasoning then add salt to taste. Process 5 to 10 seconds to mix it in.
Store tahini covered in the refrigerator for one month. You may notice it separates over time, like a natural peanut butter would. If this happens, give the tahini a good stir before using.