13 Ways to Use Up a Jar of Tahini

January 12, 2018

If you’re only using tahini to make smooth, velvety hummus, then I hope it’s because you’re eating inordinate amounts of the dip morning, noon, and night. But nutty, creamy tahini is a kitchen superstar in many other cases—and should be treated as such. The versatile sesame paste effortlessly lends fattiness and a smooth texture to soups, sauces, and dips without an overpowering taste. And the toasted flavor of tahini in baked goods gives cakes and cookies and bread extra depth and oomph. So, if you’re ready to take a break from the hummus (or just want some tahini inspiration), here are 13 ways to use up that jar.

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How do you use tahini? Share your favorite recipes and dishes in the comments!

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Sherry E. January 21, 2018
hi, which brands of tahini are suggested? so many to choose from and price points vary-
Amy Z. January 24, 2018
in full transparency, this is Amy, co-founder of Soom Foods - not only do I highly recommend our tahini... but it has been favorited by food52, bon appetit, food & wine, ny mag, and many professional chefs across the country :)
LeBec F. January 25, 2024
i have really settled on the deeper flared roasted tahini from Sesame King and the greek tahini that diane kochilas sells on her on-line store.
LeBec F. January 25, 2024
deeper flavored,that is.