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.

Best Tahini Brands

I find it so annoying to buy a jar of tahini that is separated into a rock at the bottom and oil on the top. Stirring it all together is a pain, and oil usually ends up everywhere. I don’t need another reason to procrastinate food prep, so I look for tahini brands that are well mixed and easy to use. I recently discovered the tahini of Mighty Sesame Co and it is the best tahini I’ve come across hands down. I also find that Trader Joes makes consistently good tahini.

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Tried Tahini and Didn’t Like It?

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

This tahini sauce comes together in less than 2 minutes (seriously!) and is delicious on everything, especially veggies.
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Active Time: 2 minutes
Servings 2


  • 1/4 cup tahini, 2 oz
  • 1/2 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.

Nutrition Information

Calories: 195kcal (10%)Carbohydrates: 12g (4%)Protein: 6g (12%)Fat: 16g (25%)Saturated Fat: 2g (13%)Sodium: 12mg (1%)Potassium: 217mg (6%)Fiber: 3g (13%)Sugar: 1g (1%)Vitamin A: 32IU (1%)Vitamin C: 30mg (36%)Calcium: 57mg (6%)Iron: 2mg (11%)
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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.

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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. 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. 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.

      • 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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  27. Thank you for all your recipes!
    To solve the tahini rock-and-oil problem, scrape the whole lot into a food processor and remix it together. It usually doesn’t separate after that.

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