Tahini is a traditional Middle Eastern ingredient made from ground sesame seeds. Discover the many ways to cook with tahini, such as in soups, desserts, sauces, and more.
Turkey Burger Pitas with Tahini SauceAlthough many cooks consider sauce a condiment or an afterthought, Lisa Richardson developed this recipe around her homemade sauce based on store-bought tahini. Richardson enjoys creating recipes and encourages her 8-year-old daughter to get involved in cooking. "She has her own recipe cards on which she jots down her new dishes," she says.
Tahini Swirl BrowniesHere's a recipe inspired by an idea from my good friend and baking colleague Dawn Woodward of Evelyn's Crackers. You start with brownies and then top them with a swirl of sweetened tahini that gives a delightful nutty depth of flavor and richness. Be sure to use untoasted sesame oil in the batter; the dark, toasted kind would be too strong.
Yogurt-Tahini SauceServe this flavorful sauce with Spiced Beef Kabobs.
Grilled Vegetables with Yogurt-Tahini SauceServe with grilled flatbread or pita for a complete vegetarian meal.
White Chocolate-Tahini CookiesThese fluffy cookies feature just ten ingredients including white chocolate chips and tahini.
Tahini and Lemon BroccoliWe like Tahini and Lemon Broccoli for its rich flavor.
Spinach Salad with Tahini Vinaigrette
The salad's flavors tilt toward the Middle East, with a nutty, slightly spicy dressing and pita chips in lieu of croutons. Prep the components in advance so the salad can be thrown together at the last minute, as it wilts quickly.
Almond-Tahini ShakeThis shake tastes like sesame candy because of the tahini--a thin, ground-up sesame seed paste that can be used in the same manner as peanut butter. Look for tahini made of hulled toasted sesame seeds for the best flavor.
Middle Eastern Kofta Kebabs with Lemon-Tahini Sauce
Cooked quinoa acts as a binder for these kebabs, packing them with extra protein and some whole-grain goodness.
Falafel-Stuffed Eggplant with Tahini Sauce and Tomato RelishTraditional falafel is made from seasoned, mashed chickpeas that are shaped into patties and deep-fried. Here we use the same components to make a tasty filling for eggplants, baked and topped with a deliciously nutty sauce.
Turkey Pitas with Tahini-Yogurt SauceCombine tahini and remaining ingredients in a small bowl, stirring with a whisk. Serve the finished tahini mixture with each sandwich.