Lemon Tahini (Sesame) Sauce and Marinade Recipe

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  • Prep Time
    10 min
  • Cook Time
    0 min
  • Total Time
    10 min
  • Yield
    4 servings Lemon Tahini

This Lemon Tahini (sesame) recipe can be used as a sauce or a marinade.

It works great on baked tofu, too—perfect for a person who doesn't eat meat or animal products but still follows a low-carb diet. There's no reason why it couldn't be used for anything you'd care to marinate, though.


  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/4 cup purchased tahini (sesame paste)—best roasted in a jar, rather than raw in a can
  • 2 tablespoons low-sodium tamari or soy sauce
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons brown rice syrup
  • 1-inch piece of fresh ginger, peeled and grated
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 small fresh or dried cayenne or other hot pepper, minced
  • juice of 1 lemon
  • 1 tablespoon sesame seeds


  1. In a small bowl, combine 1/4 cup tahini (sesame paste) and 1/2 cup water. This works the best if you add the water a little at a time.
  2. Mix in 2 tablespoons low-sodium tamari or soy sauce, 1 1/2 tablespoons brown rice syrup, 1-inch piece of peeled and grated fresh ginger, 3 cloves minced garlic, 1 small minced fresh or dried cayenne or other hot pepper, juice of 1 lemon, and 1 tablespoon sesame seeds.
  1. Cover until ready to use.

Nutritional Analysis: Each of four servings has 9.4 grams usable carb plus 2 grams fiber and 3 grams protein.

A typical tahini is ground sesame seed paste made with sesame seeds and a little bit of oil mixed in to make it the right consistency, similar to peanut butter. It is a creamy, oily, and smooth nut butter rich in calcium.

Tahini is an important ingredient in Middle Eastern cuisine and several other ethnic cuisines, including Greek, North African, and Turkish cuisine. It's a central ingredient in recipes such as hummus, as well as many vegan salad dressings, such as goddess dressing, and can be used in a variety of other ways as well.

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