2-Minute Tahini Sauce to Put on Everything

If you don’t know about tahini sauce, please stop what you are doing and educate yourself immediately. I make this tahini sauce probably at least once per day. Ok, maybe not every day, but I put it on pretty much everything. It’s so simple, so easy, and sooooo tasty. You can make it in under 2 minutes. I timed myself recently just to check.

What is Tahini?

Tahini is to sesame seeds what peanut butter is to peanuts. It’s simply sesame seeds ground into a paste. It comes in a jar, is thick like unprocessed peanut butter, separates easily, and isn’t very good eaten by itself. Some brands are better than others. My favorite is the Trader Joes brand, or this one if I’m ordering online. I generally like the thinner, lighter colored types that don’t separate as easily.

Tried Tahini and Didn’t Like It?

That’s because you did it wrong. Most people who say they don’t like tahini are probably saying that because they’ve tried to eat it plain, straight from the jar. No. Don’t do that. Tahini by itself is bitter, and usually not pourable. You need to thin it out with some water and cut it with some acidity like lemon juice, and punchy flavors like garlic. Once you’ve done that, YUM. You’ll have transformed a bitter, thick paste into a creamy, delicious sauce ready to drizzle on everything you eat.

What to Put This Tahini Sauce On:

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Go-To Tahini Sauce

Protein or Fat
Prep Time: 2 minutes
Servings: 2
Recipe From: Katie’s Conscious Kitchen


  • 1/4 cup tahini 2 oz
  • 1 small lemon, juiced more to taste
  • 1/4 tsp garlic powder more to taste
  • Water to thin start with 2 Tbsp


  • Mix the ingredients up in a small container with a fork.
  • Whisk until pourable but not watery, adding water 1 Tbsp at a time as needed to adjust to a pourable consistency.
  • If it's too thick, add water or lemon juice. If it's too lemony, add more tahini. If you like it more garlicky, add more garlic powder.
  • Portion out into 2 servings.
  • Eat on everything.
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  1. Dee Fay

    Hi Katie: I’m new to BLE and loved your post and blog. It will be really helpful as I transition. I’ve been abstinent in FAA for 10 years but think BLE is a better way for me to continue on my journey. I think your info will be a great help.

    • Welcome Dee! Please reach out if you have any questions!

      • How long can this stay in the fridge?

      • Hmm, I always just mix up a single serving right before eating, so I’m not sure. I’ve kept larger batches for a week or so without any issues.

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  4. Victoria Doll-Polanco

    How many ounces is in your serving size?

    • I’m not sure Victoria, it changes depending on how watery and lemony I choose to make it, which varies. That’s why I just divide it into the right number of equal size servings.

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  6. Dana

    Another great sauce Katie! Thank you! I was getting tired of my tried and true tahini bowl sauce and this one is a winner. I love it!

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  9. Kate

    Hi there I am new to this but I LOVE tahini so it looks like I am going to be happy! One query – the book has Tahini as a fat (1tbs is 1 fat portion) and doesn’t mention it as a protein. Do you feel they are interchangeable as I see you use it as a protein? Look forward to hearing from you

    • The food plan I have from BLE (not sure about other programs) list 2oz tahini as 1 protein, just like nut butter.

      • Anonymous

        Thank you for your reply. How confusing! I have the BLE BOOK which only puts tahini as a fat…. I have not done the boot camps so don’t have access to that version of the programme. Is your info from boot camp material? I wonder if, since the book is more recent, possibly, the tahini as fat is a newer change to the system?

      • My info comes from the food plan given in the boot camp, which is the same as the one in the book. It may not list tahini specifically, but tahini is a nut/seed butter, so it counts wherever nut butter is mentioned.

      • Katie, I have the food plan from the boot camp which I just completed and I have to agree with Kate – it states really clearly in the “fat” section that both 1 tbsp of tahini or nut butter (.5 ounces) can count as a fat. Also, .5 ounces of nuts, of course. I had your dressing today on my salad and it was fabulous, going to have it again tomorrow, counted it as my fat.

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  15. Marilyn Brucken

    Hi Katie, just discovered your site. Thank you for your wonderful recipes. Question: I can’t do a lot of lemon. Can I just leave this ingredient out?

    • Sure, I you can just thin tahini with water and add garlic powder. It won’t have the same flavor, but it will probably still be yummy.

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