Tahini from scratch

  • Author: The Kitchen Whisperer

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  • 1 cup sesame seeds
  • 1/4 cup olive oil (plus extra if needed for thinner consistency)
  • Salt, to taste


  1. Preheat oven to 350°F.
  2. Spread sesame seeds on a parchment-paper-lined cookie sheet, and bake for 6 minutes.
  3. Toss the seeds and re-spread out and bake for 6-8 min or until sesame seeds
  4. are fragrant and golden brown.
  5. Immediately remove from the pan and place in a bowl to cool down.
  6. Add to food processor bowl.
  7. Grind for 1 minute, or until seeds have broken down.
  8. With the processor on, drizzle in olive oil, and continue to grind until a smooth paste forms (~1-2 minutes). If mixture is too dry, then add more olive oil, 1 teaspoon at a time.
  9. Season to taste.
  10. Store in glass jar (covered) in the fridge. Will last for about a month.
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