Chef John's Tahini


The technique is very simple, and every ingredient is to taste. So please use the ingredient amounts as a guide, and then add more of whatever until you have it exactly how you want it.

Prep Time:
10 mins
Additional Time:
3 hrs
Total Time:
3 hrs 10 mins
1 cup


  • ½ cup tahini (sesame seed paste)

  • ¼ cup fresh lemon juice

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil

  • 1 clove garlic, crushed

  • 1 pinch salt to taste

  • 2 tablespoons warm water, or as needed


  1. Whisk tahini, lemon juice, olive oil, garlic, and salt together in a bowl until smooth and thick. Add warm water a splash at a time, whisking after each addition, until desired consistency is reached. Season with salt.

  2. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and refrigerate until flavors blend, at least 3 hours.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

53 Calories
5g Fat
2g Carbs
1g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 16
Calories 53
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 5g 6%
Saturated Fat 1g 4%
Sodium 18mg 1%
Total Carbohydrate 2g 1%
Dietary Fiber 1g 3%
Total Sugars 0g
Protein 1g
Vitamin C 2mg 9%
Calcium 32mg 2%
Iron 1mg 4%
Potassium 36mg 1%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.