Five Sweet and Savory Tahini Recipes

If you haven’t heard of tahini (or if you’ve seen it at the store and don’t know what it is), it’s a sesame seed paste (think peanut butter made from sesame seeds instead of peanuts) and it’s awesome. It has a lot to offer from a nutritional standpoint, with just one tablespoon providing 3 grams of protein and offering a healthy dose of vitamins and minerals and it’s a great source of healthy fat.

sweet and savory tahini recipes

Tahini isn’t just good for you; it’s also great for cooking because it’s thick, creamy, and super versatile. It can easily go savory or sweet and it’s an awesome swap for peanut butter or other nut butters for anyone with peanut or tree nut allergies.

If you’re feeling hyped about this awesome ingredient, try these five sweet and savory tahini recipes for some awesome homemade tahini products for every occasion and time of day.

Savory Tahini Recipes

Tahini Stir Fry Sauce

savory tahini sauce sweet and savory tahini recipes


  • ½ cup tahini
  • 2 Tbsp soy sauce
  • 2 tsp sriracha
  • Juice and zest of 1 lime
  • 2 garlic, grated
  • 2 inch piece ginger, grated


  1. Combine all ingredients in a bowl and stir until cohesive.
  2. Heat in a skillet and toss with stir fry veggies, protein of choice, and noodles or rice.

Tahini Dressing

tahini dressing


  • ½ cup tahini
  • ½ cup water
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • 4 cloves garlic
  • Salt and pepper to taste


  1. Combine all ingredients in a blender or food processor and blend until smooth.
  2. Drizzle over salads or grain bowls, serve as a side sauce with protein or veggies, or use as dip for pita and veggies.

Eggplant Hummus

Hummus is one of the most well known uses for tahini and it’s awesome. Tahini is also a key ingredient in baba ganoush (which is basically hummus with eggplant instead of chickpeas). This eggplant hummus recipe fuses both amazing Mediterranean dips into one and really utilizes tahini. Serve it with pita chips or a veggie platter at your next party or meal prep it for snacks throughout the week.

Sweet Tahini Recipes

Tahini Overnight Oats

tahini overnight oats


  • ⅓ cup rolled oats
  • ⅓ cup milk or non dairy milk of choice
  • 1 Tbsp tahini
  • 1 Tbsp maple syrup
  • ½ tsp cinnamon
  • ¼ cup pitted dates, finely chopped, optional
  • Salt to taste


  1. Combine all ingredients in a jar or tupperware and let sit overnight or up to five days (oats will continue to soften each day).
  2. Top with banana, sesame seeds, or maple syrup and enjoy!

Four Ingredient Tahini Cookies

four ingredient tahini cookies


  • 1 cup tahini
  • 1 cup pitted dates
  • 1 egg
  • Sprinkle of sesame seeds, optional


  1. Preheat oven to 350ºF.
  2. Combine tahini, dates, and egg in a food processor and mix on medium speed until combined into a dough. The dough will be pretty oily so don’t worry if it is.
  3. Roll cookies into 1 inch balls and place on a parchment lined baking sheet. Flatten each cookie with a fork to make a criss cross pattern.
  4. Bake for 8-10 minutes until cookies are set. Sprinkle with sesame seeds if desired.

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About Kira Schreiber

Kira grew up in the Chicago suburbs and is passionate about mental health, healthy eating, and sustainability. After spending the first part of her career working for a non profit mental health agency in Southern California, she transitioned to pursue a career in her passion for cooking. Now back in Chicago, Kira spends her days developing healthy recipes for a food tech start up. When not in the kitchen or on her laptop she loves spending time outdoors, hitting up a spin class, or watching home decor DIYs on YouTube.