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The tahini sauce in a pouring cu with lemon slices around it and white flowers, and a tea towel

Perfect Tahini Sauce

This perfect tahini sauce recipe is the perfect addition to any meal. It’s rich and luscious from the tahini paste, made tangy and fresh with the addition of lime juice, made smokey and flavorful with the addition of cumin spice.

Course condiment
Cuisine Mediterranean
Keyword tahini, tahini dressing, Tahini Sauce
Prep Time 5 minutes
whisking time 3 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Servings 6
Calories 90 kcal
Author Mahy


  • 1/2 cup tahini paste
  • 2 Tablespoons lime juice ( a really big juicy one, or use a full lime if not that juicy)
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt (or to taste)
  • 1/4 cup water cold
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin


  1. In a bowl whisk the tahini with lime juice and salt. You will notice a change in texture and body of the tahini paste.
  2. thin it our with water to your desired consistency, the 3 Tablespoons water will make a thick sauce.
  3. Whisk the water and add the cumin at the end and which it in.
  4. taste and adjust salt, cumin or more lime to your taste.
  5. Then adjust thickness to your taste, add more water if you need to thin it out and add more tahini paste if you need to thicken it out.
  6. Serve and enjoy!:)

Recipe Video

Recipe Notes


  1. First of all, make sure you mix the tahini jar well before using it.
  2. You'll need to whisk in water to the paste so it turns in to a sauce for you. Initially the paste will separate and look like a mess, so just keep going.. :)
  3. The beauty of this tahini sauce recipe is that you absolutely control the thickness of the finished sauce, it can be as runny as a salad dressing or think as a dip.
  4. That’s mainly because tahini on it’s own is a paste and as you whisk in the water and lime juice it will thicken up and change it’s character from an oily seed paste into a smoother lighter paste.
  5. Here you need to add some water to thin out this paste. It's entirely optional how much you'll need to add. So however you prefer the thickness of your sauce to be is how much you should add water.
  6. Seasoning is very important because sesame is quite bland. So salt and cumin are classic here and just perfect.
  7. Variations: Add herbs minced, garlic, chilli flakes, garam masala, or any of your favorite spices!
  8. Use it over my Best Falafel Sandwich as a Falafel Sauce!
Nutrition Facts
Perfect Tahini Sauce
Amount Per Serving
Calories 90 Calories from Fat 72
% Daily Value*
Fat 8g12%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Sodium 297mg13%
Potassium 77mg2%
Carbohydrates 3g1%
Protein 2g4%
Vitamin C 1mg1%
Calcium 26mg3%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.