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Five-Minute Tahini Tamari Sauce

This five-minute tahini tamari sauce is your creamy dreamy inspiration for meals to come. Take four flavorful ingredients, smooth ground sesame butter and tamari soy sauce, with mild rice vinegar and fresh pungent garlic. Whisk them into wonderful. You’ll be pouring it over all kinds of edibles, like quinoa and rice, lentils and beans, and all manner of vegetables, from kale to sweet potatoes–the possibilities are practically endless.
Pouring Five-Minute Tahini Tamari Sauce over stir-fried veggies

Begin with a base of creamy sesame tahini and water. Add tamari, with its salty sweet umami flavor. Rice vinegar brings a slightly sour, slightly sweet dimension to the sauce. And garlic, well, garlic balances tahini, or is it the other way around?

Five-minute tahini tamari sauce is wicked handy, an easy dip for pita chips, or a quick dairy-free sauce for soba noodles. Need to dress up a stir-fry of veggies? You’ll be whipping up this savory sauce. 

ingredients for Five-Minute Tahini Tamari Sauce

Once you have this five-minute tahini tamari sauce in your repertoire, it’s time to go exploring. Stirred together, the ways of tahini and water are infinitely adaptable.

Whisking Five-Minute Tahini Tamari Sauce

I mean, in place of the tamari and vinegar, substitute different flavor ingredients. Like these:

  • Fresh ginger, and maybe a titch of rice wine, follows the Asian theme, and builds a fantastic sauce for buckwheat soba noodles and tempeh.
  • Bump up the acidity with lemon juice and turn it into lemon tahini sauce–which goes fabulously with chickpeas. Stir in olive oil and thin with more water and you’ve got a zippy salad dressing.
  • Add cumin and cilantro for a creamy taco sauce.
  • Curry powder and maple syrup become this curry tahini sauce for tequila carrots.
  • Try basil pesto with tahini as a quick pasta sauce.
  • Whisk in chipotles in adobo, and drizzle the sauce over quesadillas.
  • How about the idea of smoked paprika, hot sauce, and tahini on veggie burgers?

What other flavor profiles can you create? Does your favorite vegan sauce involve tahini? Tell us in the comments below.

Happy Monday! Wishing you a great week. Get in the kitchen and cook something healthy and delicious.

Five-Minute Tahini Tamari Sauce recipe details:

  • Tamari tends to have a less salty, richer and more complex flavor than regular Chinese soy sauce. A bonus for gluten-intolerant eaters, tamari is fermented with less wheat or no wheat—check the label.
  • Yummy umami is the fifth taste sensation on our tongues, right alongside the flavors of salty, sweet, sour and bitter. Here’s a good explanation of umami and a roundup of plant-based recipes with umami.

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Pouring Five-Minute Tahini Tamari Sauce over stir-fried veggies
Five-Minute Tahini Tamari Sauce
Prep Time
5 mins
Total Time
5 mins
Super versatile, this magical creamy flavorful tahini sauce is your go-to vegan sauce forever!
Author: Letty Flatt
  • ½ cup sesame tahini
  • 1/2 cup hot water
  • 2 teaspoons tamari soy sauce
  • 1 teaspoon rice wine vinegar
  • 1 clove garlic , minced
  1. Whisk the tahini and hot water in a bowl until smooth. Whisk in the tamari, vinegar and garlic.


  • J

    I loved this!!! So simple and adaptable and yet very delicious and nutritious! My kind of cooking Reply · 26 January, 2016

    • Jessie–Yes, my kind of cooking too–I’ve been making a lemony cumin one for tacos and love it! Reply · 26 January, 2016

  • Constance

    I love this also! I sometimes mix it with a little yogurt and lemon juice and toss it with roasted cauliflower. Reply · 30 January, 2016

    • Yum–roasted cauliflower. Thanks Constance! Reply · 30 January, 2016

  • […] tahini sauce is probably gilding the green lily. But I couldn’t resist, so here you have it—the versatile tahini sauce, bright with vitamin […] Reply · 12 February, 2016

  • What a great recipe, I love tahini sauce. I am going to make this soon.
    Gerlinde Reply · 20 February, 2016

    • Thanks Gerlinde! Besides being easy to whip up and yummy–tahini sauce is so flavor adaptable and versatile! Enjoy. Reply · 22 February, 2016

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