Miso Tahini Sauce

This is a delicious, umami-packed sauce that’s perfect for dipping or drizzling. It’s made with just a few simple ingredients and comes together in minutes. Serve it with roasted vegetables, grilled chicken, or use it as a sandwich spread. You can also add a little water to thin it out and use it as a salad dressing.


  • 1/4 cup (60 ml) tahini
  • 1/4 cup (60 ml) miso paste
  • 1 tablespoon (15 ml) soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon (15 ml) rice vinegar
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon (5 ml) sesame oil
  • 1/4 cup (60 ml) water, or as needed to thin


1. In a bowl, whisk together the tahini, miso paste, soy sauce, rice vinegar, garlic, and sesame oil.

2. Add the water a little at a time, whisking until you have the desired consistency. Taste and adjust seasoning as needed.

3. Serve immediately or store in a covered container in the fridge for up to a week.

Potential changes & improvements

For a slightly sweeter sauce, add a tablespoon of honey or agave nectar. For a spicier sauce, add a pinch of red pepper flakes, or include a seeded and minced chili pepper in the ingredients list. You could also add a teaspoon of grated ginger for extra zing.

What other food it works well with

This sauce is delicious with just about anything. Try it on grilled chicken or fish, roasted vegetables, or use it as a dipping sauce for spring rolls or dumplings. It also makes a great sandwich spread or salad dressing.

Common Mistakes

One common mistake is to use too much water when whisking the sauce together. Start with just a few tablespoons and add more as needed until you have the desired consistency. You don’t want the sauce to be too runny.

Nutritional Information

This recipe makes about 1 cup of sauce. Each tablespoon has about 60 calories, 4 grams of fat, and 4 grams of carbohydrates. This sauce is vegan and gluten-free.


This recipe contains sesame.

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