This 4 ingredient tahini stir fry sauce is creamy and spicy with plenty of savory flavors. It’s delicious on top of your favorite vegetables and protein!

tahini stir fry

I’m focusing on getting more protein and less carbs in my diet. I absolutely love bread, chips, crackers, etc. but they don’t fill me up the way protein and fiber do. So I’ve started cooking more proteins at night, such as tempeh, tofu, beans, etc. The other night, I wanted to do a stir fry, but I wanted a sauce more substantial than soy sauce, so I whipped up something lightly based on my peanut sauce recipe.

What is Tahini?

If you’re not familiar with tahini, it’s a creamy paste made from ground sesame seeds. It’s frequently used in hummus but it makes a great replacement for nut-based spreads like peanut butter. You can usually find it in the grocery store near the peanut butter or by the condiments. You can also order Tahini on Amazon!

Is Tahini Healthy?

Tahini is made from sesame seeds, so it’s high in fat, but it’s a good kind of fat! It’s also full of vitamins and minerals, so it has a lot of nutrients. You may also be wondering, “Is tahini vegan?” It is! Since it’s made with nothing but sesame seeds, it’s vegan. However, some people are allergic to sesame, so be aware that tahini can be an allergen for some.

tahini stir fry sauce ingredients

How to Stir Tahini

Tahini may separate, with the oil floating at the top. It can be messy to try to stir the oil back into the tahini paste. The best way to incorporate it is to stir the tahini jar upside down in the pantry overnight. This helps the oil travel to the bottom of the jar, making it easier to stir. For the least messy option, look for a squeeze bottle of tahini!

Tahini Stir Fry Sauce Ingredients

  • Tahini– Obviously, you need tahini to make this sauce. Tahini is made from sesame seeds, so it adds healthy fat to the sauce without oil.
  • Soy sauce– This adds a salty, umami flavor to the sauce. It’s perfect for a stir fry!
  • Maple syrup– This adds a hint of sweetness to balance out the salty flavor of the soy sauce.
  • Red pepper flakes– These add a little heat to the sauce. You can skip them if you don’t want a spicy flavor.
  • Black pepper- A pinch of black pepper adds complexity to the sauce.

Substitution Ideas

If you don’t have tahini, try using peanut butter! You can make this easy 5 ingredient peanut sauce with similar ingredients. To make this recipe gluten-free, use liquid aminos or gluten-free tamari instead of soy sauce. (Most soy sauce contains gluten.) If you don’t have maple syrup, you can use honey instead.

How to Make Tahini Stir Fry Sauce

This recipe couldn’t be easier! All you have to do is combine the tahini, soy sauce, maple syrup, and red pepper flakes. You can make this in advance and store it in the refrigerator for up to 1 week.

tahini stir fry sauce

Ways to Use Tahini Stir Fry Sauce

If you’re looking for ways to use this tahini stir fry sauce, try it with mixed vegetables and tempeh! Or you can substitute your favorite protein for the tempeh. This is delicious with any combination of vegetables but broccoli, carrots, and red pepper is my favorite mix!

vegetables with tahini stir fry sauce
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tahini sauce in a stir fry

Tahini Stir Fry Sauce

  • Author: Liz Thomson
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Total Time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: 1/4 cup sauce 1x
  • Category: Sauce
  • Method: No Cook
  • Cuisine: Asian


This 4 ingredient tahini stir fry sauce is creamy and spicy with plenty of savory flavors. It’s delicious on top of your favorite vegetables and protein!


  • 2 tablespoon tahini
  • 2 tablespoon soy sauce (or liquid aminos)
  • 1 teaspoon maple syrup
  • Pinch red pepper flakes
  • Dash of black pepper


  1. Whisk together the tahini, soy sauce, maple syrup, red pepper flakes, and black pepper.
  2. Add to your favorite combination of vegetables and protein!

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