You come back home exhausted, you need to make dinner and than you realize that you ran out of Tahini. Bummer!!You are just too tired to go get it from the grocer, so what do you do? What can you substitute, that will come close to Tahini? Well below i am going to share with you some of the Tahini substitutes that you could consider.
List of Tahini Substitutes
Sesame Oil + Peanut Butter
Yes i know this combination sounds pretty ridiculous, but this actually works. If you think about it Tahini, is pretty much grounded sesame seeds, with a buttery texture. Peanut Butter is the same thing except peanuts are used.So basically the peanut butter is used to emulate the texture of the tahini & the sesame oil is used to replicate the flavour of the tahini. Now you obviously if consumed directly, the difference is quite obvious. However this is very ideal if you are are making a dish that requires tahini as an ingredient. This is a “quick fix” and in most cases, the final product will taste no different.
*Forgot to mention, that the peanut butter be the unsweetened version.
Sesame Oil + Sunflower Butter
This is pretty much the same thing as above, i personally prefer to use this tahini substitute over peanut butter. It all depends on you. From what i know, most people prefer or recommend using peanut butter, but what about those people allergic to peanut butter?
Now the main question here, is what will you be using the tahini for?
- Is this for Hummus or another type of sauce?
- Is this as an ingredient for a dish?
This is very important, as i find that some tahini substitutes work better with certain ingredients over others. For example, when making Hummus, as much as i do not like peanut butter, i usually end up using that as i find that it is the closest i can get to original. Also one bottle of tahini at my local grocer goes for around $8 AUD (It’s a pretty small bottle). You can imagine the amount of money i have to spend just for 1 ingredient. Don’t get me wrong, its not that i am stingy but i’m a practical person. I believe that i should be getting my money’s worth , and $8 for a bottle of tahini is not very worth it.
Anyway sorry for the digression, but yeah, there are times where you want to use tahini but you don’t have it and then there are times where you just want to use an alternative or substitute for experimenting or out of preference. After much trial and error i find that the best way is to actually just buy the seeds themselves. The seeds are cheaper and can be stored for longer periods of time. Also you can buy a variety for testing purposes. All you have to do is grind the seeds in a blender and add some sesame oil.
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