With so many ways to use it, this deliciously addicting Miso Tahini Sauce is about to become a new favorite in your house!
Who doesn’t love an easy homemade sauce? This Miso Tahini Sauce is the perfect addition to a beautifully green side salad, plate of steamed or raw veggies, and more!
Miso Tahini Sauce Recipe
Tahini (pronounced te-hi-ni or ta-hi-na) is a staple in Middle Eastern and Mediterranean cooking. If you are unfamiliar with tahini, it’s a super creamy (and vegan!) paste used in cooking and baking.
Tahini is made by grinding roasted sesame seeds until they become as smooth as butter. Truthfully, tahini may look like peanut butter at first glance, but tastes nothing like it!
This Miso Tahini Recipe is the perfect blend and balance of Asian-Middle Eastern fusion and is the perfect addition to these Air Fryer Eggplant Fries.
What does tahini taste like?
If I had to describe tahini in one word, it would be nutty. I know what you are thinking, “kind of like peanut butter, right?”
No. despite it being a nut butter, it is not sweet like peanut butter or almond butter. Tahini is very earthy in flavor.
Like all foods, tahini can go bad. Good tahini will be rich and smooth and should taste mildly nutty but also perfectly savory. However, if your tahini has gone bad, it will taste bitter and chalky.
What is tahini sauce made of?
Tahini: in order to make this perfectly delicious Miso Tahini Sauce, you will need a good quality tahini paste.
Miso paste: to pull in that perfect umami flavor, I used white miso paste. If you are unfamiliar with miso, white miso paste has a mild and sweet flavor.
Herbs & spices: for a perfectly balanced kick you will need chili powder.
Sweetness: because tahini is not naturally sweet, we are going to use honey for a natural sweetness that will also help with the consistency of the sauce.
Liquids: to help give it that smooth and silky texture you will also need a bit of light olive oil and some warm water.
*For a detailed list of ingredients and measurements, please reference the recipe card down below.
How to make Miso Tahini Sauce
In a small mixing bowl, mix the tahini paste, miso paste, olive oil, honey, hot water, chili powder, and salt until fully combined. If you prefer a thinner consistency, you can add more hot water.
If you prefer a thinner consistency, add more hot water.
Where can I find miso paste?
The first place I would check is your local grocery store (Target, Walmart, Harris Teeter, etc.). However, if you for some reason can’t find it there, your local Asian grocery stores will carry it as well.
When shopping for miso, you may find it referred to as miso paste and/or soybean paste as well.
When looking for miso, look for a plastic tub or jar. It will more than likely be found in the refrigerated section. Big box grocery stores tend to stock miso in plastic tubs near the refrigerated tofu and/or cheese.
What is miso paste used for?
If you know me, you know I love universal ingredients and recipes! I love miso paste because it can be used for so many things.
Miso paste can be used for ramen, soups, broths, glazes, dressings, and other recipes! Here are some of my favorite recipes that call for miso paste:
Miso paste can last up to 1 year in the fridge!
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Miso Tahini Sauce
- Glass storage jars
- In a small mixing bowl, mix the tahini paste, miso paste, olive oil, honey, hot water, chili powder, and salt until fully combined. If you prefer a thinner consistency, you can add more hot water.