Three Ingredient Creamy Tahini Sauce

Three Ingredient Creamy Tahini Sauce

About This Recipe

I learned this recipe from my middle eastern side of the family. They eat it with every meal. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner. I’m not lying to you when I tell you my step mother puts this on her pasta and chocolate cake. I understand if you don’t want to put it on your dessert though. So instead you can use it on your salad, dip crackers into it, or add it to your sandwich. Honestly, I could easily eat it with a spoon myself. So I am sharing it with you! Here is my family’s three ingredient creamy tahini sauce.

You will also be surprised at how easy it is to make. Originally, I didn’t actually know that tahini didn’t just taste like this dip on its own. Imagine my surprise when I bought a jar of tahini and it did not taste like what I had been eating at my parents house all these years. So I finally took the time last year to learn some cooking tips from my family. That included how to prepare this tahini.


three ingredient creamy tahini sauce

So really all you need are a couple of ingredients. Tahini from your local grocery store (the ingredients should only consist of roasted sesame seeds and salt), lemon juice, salt, and cold water. I imagine you already have salt laying around and can just use cold water from the tap

So look at that! You probably already have half of your ingredients in your kitchen as you are reading this.

All your other ingredients are optional and can be added at the end.

This includes crushed garlic, paprika, olive oil, and chopped parsley. Most of the time I am using these ingredients for decoration but they are great mixed in too.

I did include listed measurements at the end of this post but you really don’t need exact measurements. It’s kind of an add as you go sort of situation.


For the purpose of this post I started with a half cup of tahini, but you can go up to one cup if you are serving a group, or even just to keep in your fridge for yourself.

three ingredient creamy tahini sauce

I added lemon juice from half a lemon and about a half tsp of salt. Then go ahead and stir. As you stir, you will notice that the tahini will start to have a peanut butter consistency. Once you have that consistency (as seen above on the right) you can start to SLOWLY add cold water in SMALL amounts. This is important because if you add too much water then you will end up with a very watery consistency instead of that dip consistency you want. The water that you use can be refrigerated or just use cool water from the tap.

three ingredient creamy tahini sauce

So you want to keep adding water and stirring until your tahini is the consistency and color like the picture shown above. As you are adding water your tahini will actually become thicker and might look like cookie dough at first, but don’t worry because that is normal. Just keep adding water and stirring until it eventually looks like the photo above.

That’s basically it. You can now add any extra ingredients and serve!

3 Ingredient Creamy Tahini Sauce

An easy and quick to make snack or side. Healthy and a great source of iron!
Keyword Snacks and Sides, Tahini Dressing, Tahini Sauce
Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes


  • 1/2 cup Tahini
  • 1/2 Lemon Lemon Juice
  • 1/2 tsp Salt
  • 1/4 cup Cold Water


  • 1-2 Cloves Crushed Garlic
  • 1 tsp Paprika
  • Chopped Parsley


  • Add lemon juice and salt to tahini. Stir.
  • Slowly add small amounts of water until the consistency is like a thick sauce and the color is a very light beige (as seen in photos above)
  • Add extra optional ingredients and serve

Did you enjoy this three ingredient creamy tahini sauce? Try my hummus recipe! How to Make Hummus From Scratch.

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