20 ways to use tahini
So you bought a jar of tahini for that homemade hummus recipe and now you don’t know how to use it. Does this sound familiar? Tahini is a paste made from sesame seeds, and spoiler alert: It’s not just for hummus anymore.
You can use tahini like how you’d use other nut butters. It adds richness and flavor to meat, works with noodles, loves a good dip situation, and finds its way into breakfast and desserts like it’s NBD.
Explore 20 ways to use tahini below.
Cheezy Parsnip Fries with Smoky Tahini Sauce via A Dash of Soul
Tahini is kind of like Beyoncé. It can go solo, all you need is a drizzle to amp up any dish, but it also plays well with others. Add a squirt of fresh lemon juice or swirl it into yogurt to make a dipping sauce.
Spicy potato kale bowls with mustard tahini dressing via This Savory Vegan
Combine tahini with vinegar, mustard and lemon juice to make a dressing. Toss it with greens, protein, and roasted vegetables for an easy dinner.
Oven baked sweet potato chips w/ cashew tahini dip via Tuulia
Swirl tahini into your favorite dips for extra flavor, or try this dip which is a great vegan option.
Honey Lavender Sesame Toast via I Will Not Eat Oysters
Toast smeared with peanut butter or almond butter is a real treat - so try it with tahini next time. Add bananas and a drizzle of honey for an Instagram-ready breakfast.
Strawberry + pistachio tahini yogurt via Petite Pinotte
Yogurt can get boring real fast. Try mixing in tahini for an easy switch up, and don’t forget to add some fruit!
Tahini porridge with roasted banana + toasted almonds via Shanyara Leonie
You like almond butter in your morning oatmeal, so why not tahini? It works for both a sweet bowl of oats like in this roasted banana version, or in a savory version with a fried egg and hot sauce.
Maple, tahini & vanilla granola via Gather & Feast
Making your own granola is a fun weekend activity - you can test out different flavor combinations and make it your own. Try adding tahini to your next batch for even more flavor.
Tahini butternut squash noodle bowl with spinach via Naturally Ella
Sesame noddles, move aside. Tahini noodles are here for your throne. Soba noodles, zoodles, or butternut squash noodles all work with tahini, making it a fit for all diets.
Spiced cauliflower with tahini via Dishing Up the Dirt
I’m pretty much sold on any cauliflower recipe these days, so this one drizzled with tahini has my vote.
Spicy tahini tofu stir fry via eatwell 101
Tofu loves a good sauce, so why not a tahini one? This recipe melds the creaminess of tahini with the spice of sriracha so you know it’s a winner.
Broccoli chickpea soup with turmeric + tahini via Ruby Josephine
No surprise here, tahini works in soups too. You can drizzle it on top or stir it in to make a velvety soup even more lush.
Grilled tahini chicken via My Name is Yeh
Tahini as a marinade? Sign me up. Combine tahini with your favorite herbs and spices to add even more flavor to chicken.
Date-sweetened vegan chai latte with tahini via Will Frolic for Food
Tahini adds to a frothy latte - especially one with complimentary flavors like chai and dates.
Salted tahini maca smoothie via Running on Real Food
Tahini also works cold. Add tahini into your smoothies instead of peanut or almond butter for the same luscious texture.
Chocolate tahini cookies via Lazy Cat Kitchen
Surprise: tahini works in desserts too. Try it in cookies, like these chocolate and walnut ones.
Healthy honey flax tahini banana bread via Ambitious Kitchen
Tahini and bananas are like two best friends - they just go together. When your bananas get too soft, try switching out you go-to banana bread recipe with one that uses tahini instead.
Vegan tahini brownies via Salted Plains
Chocolate and tahini are another pair that was just meant to be. Tahini adds a little extra decadence to what would otherwise be a basic brownie recipe.
Tahini butter cups with honey candied cereal via The Healthy Maven
Indulgence in two bites. Make homemade tahini butter cups to enjoy a grown-up take on your favorite Halloween find.
Mocha tahini fudge via The Almond Eater
Fudge is a nostalgic treat - typically found in specialty candy stores where it’s made on site in all sorts of crazy flavors. Tahini is a great switch from the go-to peanut butter!
Carrot, walnut & red lentil hummus via Blissful Basil
You thought I’d let you go without a hummus recipe? Nice try! This one earns its bright color from carrots, red lentils and curry powder. It’s nothing like the packaged hummus you’ll find at your supermarket.
Is your favorite way to use tahini on this list? If not, let me know in the comments!