This has been the secret recipe in my family for years. All of our guests rave about it! The only downfall is that we always wind up hosting! This works great with chicken and steak. Try some of each.

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Recipe Summary

prep:
10 mins
cook:
5 mins
total:
15 mins
Servings:
16
Yield:
2 cups
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Ingredients

16
Original recipe yields 16 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Place the sesame seeds in a dry skillet over medium heat. Cook and stir for 5 minutes, or until golden brown and fragrant.

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  • In a medium bowl, mix toasted sesame seeds, green onions, garlic, tahini, soy sauce, white sugar, red wine vinegar, and pepper. Place desired meat in the mixture, cover, and marinate as long as you like, but overnight is best. Grill as desired.

Nutrition Facts

54 calories; protein 1.4g; carbohydrates 9.4g; fat 1.6g; cholesterol 0mg; sodium 455.8mg. Full Nutrition
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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
01/12/2011
Excellent marinade! My husband and I loved it! I didn't have tahini so I subbed 2 Tbsp. of sesame oil which worked great. I also used 1/4 cup of Splenda for the white sugar and low sodium soy sauce. I cut the chicken into chunks for kabobs and let it marinate about 8 hours. Boy was this ever good! It has a sweet oriental flair to it and is "Absolutely Addictive". It's great paired with steamed broccoli carrots baby corn and rice. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 2 stars
01/25/2004
Unfortunately I did not care for this at all! And I usually love tahini-based foods. There was something - well disgusting about the aftertaste of this marinade! It was almost like my veggie skewers had been soaking in glue for hours. It will take a lot for me to try this again. Read More
(8)
92 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 70
  • 4 star values: 15
  • 3 star values: 4
  • 2 star values: 2
  • 1 star values: 1
Rating: 5 stars
01/12/2011
Excellent marinade! My husband and I loved it! I didn't have tahini so I subbed 2 Tbsp. of sesame oil which worked great. I also used 1/4 cup of Splenda for the white sugar and low sodium soy sauce. I cut the chicken into chunks for kabobs and let it marinate about 8 hours. Boy was this ever good! It has a sweet oriental flair to it and is "Absolutely Addictive". It's great paired with steamed broccoli carrots baby corn and rice. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
09/10/2003
My word what a magnificent flavor this marinade did bring to my grilled vegetables on the Fourth of July. I made the marinade in a big bowl tossed in peppers onions broccoli etc. and allowed them to marinate for about 4 hours. Then I placed the vegetables and some of the marinade in a foil packet and put them onto the grill. The only fireworks display nicer than the one in the sky was the one this marinade brought to my tastebuds. God bless America! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/25/2004
The best I've ever had. If you don't have Tahini (Sesame paste) Sesame oil works well too. Thanks for a great recipe!!! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
09/03/2003
This was an excellent marinade with a sweet taste. Best meat I ever had. My friends and I made it for a cookout at school. Those of you wondering what tahini is it's ground up sesame seed also known as sesame butter. You can't find it at a normal grocery store so try the local import store - it's a Middle Eastern thing (or if you're feeling bold grind up some sesame seeds). Dehydrated onions work fine for the onions. The tahini smells nasty just make sure that the marinade smells somewhat sweet and your meat will taste sweet. We also added a pinch of oregano. Excellent! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
08/24/2003
I used this for veggie kebobs eggplant mushrooms red and green peppers onions and zucchini and it worked perfectly. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/25/2004
I was planning on using this recipe for my daughters birthday party but being the skeptic that I am I wanted to taste test it first. It was great! Even my five year old commented how good it was. I used the marinade for london broil and heated up the reserved marinade and poured over the meat with sauteed mushrooms. Surprisingly I found the tahini in the kosher section of the supermarket. I am definitely making this for the party! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/25/2004
This marinade was the perfect change to our family's boring ones. Not only is the resulting taste really good but it makes meat very soft. It works well with beef fajita and beef sirloin steaks meats that matter the most when they're tender. Don't marinate for more than a day though or the meat doesn't come out as juicy or soft. Even the pickiest members of the family liked this marinade (myself included)! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
03/01/2004
We really enjoyed this marinade for something different. I did however make a few changes (due to what I had on hand): left out the green onions used chunky peanut butter instead of tahini and added a heaping tablespoon of chile garlic paste. I marinated tri-tip steak in it for about 8 hours and grilled it. Also took the remaining marinade boiled it and used it as a sauce for the cooked steak. Thanks for the recipe! Read More
(16)
Rating: 5 stars
09/06/2004
Another WOWWWWW!! I marinated both Chicken Breasts and Eye of Round Steak. Both were fantastic! I am sure the leftovers will taste good for sandwiches. I didn't have tahini - so I just used about 2 tablespoons of sesame oil. I thought the flavor was like the very best teriyaki I could imagine. I heated up the extra marinade and we served it over the meat. We all oooood and awed. Read More
(16)
Rating: 2 stars
01/25/2004
Unfortunately I did not care for this at all! And I usually love tahini-based foods. There was something - well disgusting about the aftertaste of this marinade! It was almost like my veggie skewers had been soaking in glue for hours. It will take a lot for me to try this again. Read More
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