We use chef Michael Solomonov's method of steeping fresh garlic in lemon juice to remove its bite and let the tahini shine through. Use the sauce to make a killer hummus. Blend it with a can of chickpeas, some water, olive oil, salt, and cumin until very smooth. We love it with toasted garlic.

Photo: Jennifer Causey

We tried 12 brands of this rich, creamy sesame seed paste and picked our top 3. 

Hannah Klinger
May 19, 2017

It’s no secret that we love tahini—in hummus of course, but also in banana bread, milkshakes, and marinades. No two spreads are created equal; it all depends on where the sesame seeds come from and how they’re toasted and milled. Here is the cream of the tahini crop.

Seed + Mill

Photo: Laurey W. Glenn

This tahini had a buttery, velvety mouthfeel, a slight tang, and a beautifully clean finish (not bitter or gritty). Treat this tahini like a finishing oil and enjoy on its own, drizzled over toast or grilled vegetables. —$10 per 11.6-oz. jar, seedandmill.com

365 Organic

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This tahini was pleasantly mild with a slightly sweet finish and a thin, smooth consistency that makes it excellent for measuring. The sesame flavor comes through in dips, sauces, and marinades. —6.39 per 16-oz. jar, Whole Foods

Soom

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This tahini is about as close to peanut butter as you’ll find—thick and unctuous, with no oil separation on top. It has a wonderfully creamy texture with a toasty, faintly bitter yet balanced flavor. —$8.25 per 11-oz. jar, amazon.com

More Tahini Tips

Be sure to give the tahini a good stir in the jar so that it’s well blended and pourable before you measure. The paste will seize up when any liquid is added; this is perfectly normal. Just keep slowly adding liquid, stirring constantly until the mixture reaches the desired consistency.