Homemade Tahini

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Preparation time: 30min

SF, DF, GF, VG, Great for Kids

Tahini is an absolute staple in our household so learning how to make it myself has been an absolute saviour.  And I could not believe how much more delicious it is homemade! It has so much more flavour and I love how I can control exactly what goes in it and the quality of the ingredients used (I am such a control freak obviously!).

So let’s make Tahini!

(Yields 125ltr)

  • 600g White Sesame Seeds
  • 115ml-175ml Cup Olive Oil


– First put all the sesame seeds in a large sieve and wash them thoroughly under a cold tap. This is because a huge amount of dust can collect on the sesame seeds during the packaging process
– Make sure as much water has drained off as possible then put all sesame seeds in a large frying pan and on a medium/low heat start to toast them
Just keep string them and let them toast slowly until they become golden brown and you start to smell the delicious toasted sesame aroma coming from them. It can take between 15-20min if your heat is med/low. Take your time, don’t rush it, this part is important! Getting them toasted just right is what will give the tahini the most deliciously rich flavour. But be careful as they can go from beautifully golden to horribly burnt in seconds and burnt sesame seeds taste yuk!
– Once toasted add them all to a food processor and start to mix on high power. Slowly start adding the oil while it’s mixing – adding the smallest amount first. Keep adding until you get the desired consistency
– It should be thick but run easily – it is not as thick a solid as a nut butter

Voila! That is it! You’re done! And I promise you that the flavour from your home made batch will make you never buy a jar again! Enjoy!

  • Annis

    September 21, 2015 at 3:24 pm Reply

    Always so positive and inspiring Nicky xx

  • elizabeth

    October 4, 2016 at 12:27 pm Reply

    My kitchen is literally sprayed in sesame seeds as i type

    • nicky

      October 10, 2016 at 10:12 am Reply

      Hi Elizabeth, I hope you had fun! Enjoy x

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