What Can I Substitute for Tahini?

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Replace tahini with peanut butter to enjoy the same nutty flavor with a twist, or use sesame oil in its place to maintain the sesame flavor in a dish. While both have a slightly different taste than tahini, they are suitable substitutes that are often times easier to find.

For an even more authentic taste, three parts of peanut butter can be mixed with one part sesame oil to create a creamy paste that has both the texture and taste of tahini. When sesame seeds are available, they can be blended together with a small amount of vegetable oil to create homemade tahini.