Tahini is a paste form of roasted sesame seeds (similar to a runny peanut butter).  

I make tahini in the blender.  The blender is better for small quantities than the food processor.


  • 1 cup hulled sesame seeds
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil (canola in a pinch)
  • Pinch of kosher salt 


  • Toast the sesame seeds in a large fry pan over medium heat, about 5 minutes, stirring constantly.  When you can smell the roasted seeds and they become light brown, pour them out onto a baking sheet to cool.  
  • When the seeds are completely cooled, process them in a blender for 60 seconds until they come together in a course dough. 
  • Add the oil and process for about 3 minutes. 
  • When the Tahini is smooth, it is done.

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