Spicy Tahini Sauce

Not just for hummus…

When you think tahini, “hummus” is likely the first thing that comes to mind. Well, that and…nothing. Many know nothing about this delicious paste. Hummus is where it’s found among commonly purchased foods, but tahini can be a heck of a lot more than that earthy, nutty, and slightly bitter flavor behind the chickpeas.

Take for instance this spicy tahini sauce recipe. It’s simple to create, but it provides an exotic touch to many common-day cooking needs. It’s delicious as a salad dressing (just add more water to thin the sauce to your preferred dressing thickness) or as a dip for vegetables and crusty bread. It’s perfect, too, as a sandwich spread for roasted vegetable sandwiches and more. Tahini also pairs well with lamb and other rich meats. It’s a big earthy, slightly bitter flavor that doesn’t get lost with these bold flavors.

Cayenne pepper provides the fire here. Use as directed and adjust according to your heat preference.

spicy tahini sauce

Spicy Tahini Sauce

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Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Servings 4 servings


  • 1/3 cup tahini
  • 1/3 cup water
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1/4 cup coriander leaves chopped fine
  • 2 lemons juiced (approximately 1/4 cup juice)
  • 6 cloves garlic crushed
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • Pinch cayenne pepper more to taste


  • Combine all ingredients, then using a food processor, blend smooth. Add additional water to make the sauce as "saucy" as you want it.
  • Once processed and any additional water has been added, taste for spiciness and add additional cayenne pepper powder as needed to get your preferred level of heat.


5 Tbsp tahini 4 Tbsp lemon juice 4 Tbsp olive oil 6 cloves garlic, crushed 4 Tbsp finely chopped fresh parsley or coriander leaves 1/2 tsp salt 1/2 tsp pepper 1/8 tsp cayenne 1/3 cup water
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UPDATE NOTICE: This post was updated on January 20, 2021 to include new content.
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