Everything Bagel Tahini Sauce

Created by Laura Wright
5 from 1 vote

Everything bagel tahini sauce has all the punchy flavours of garlic and onion in a creamy sesame base with a sprinkle of poppy seeds.

Why not turn the seemingly universally loved flavours of an everything bagel into a tahini sauce? The sesame aspect is already built in. All you have to do is bring the onion, garlic, and poppy seeds. Does it taste exactly like an everything bagel? Of course not. But it does have the same flavourful appeal as that ubiquitous spice blend of dried onion and garlic, sesame and poppy seeds, and salt! How many tahini sauces can I make on this site?! An endless amount :)

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Everything Bagel Tahini Sauce

Everything bagel tahini sauce has all the punchy flavours of garlic and onion in a creamy sesame base with a sprinkle of poppy seeds.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 0 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
Servings 4 (2 tablespoons of sauce—makes 1/2 cup total)


  • ¼ cup tahini, well-stirred & runny
  • 1 tablespoon white wine vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon maple syrup or agave nectar
  • teaspoons onion powder
  • ¾ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ¼ cup ice water, plus extra
  • sea salt & ground black pepper, to taste
  • 1 teaspoon poppy seeds


  • Anytime you’re making a sauce, the quality of your tahini is important. It should be super runny and not overly bitter tasting. I reliably love the Soom brand.
  • This sauce builds flavour as it sits in the fridge. It will also firm up quite a bit in the fridge. Just re-whisk it with a splash of cold water to get it to a fluid state again.


  • In a medium bowl, combine the tahini, white wine vinegar, maple syrup, onion powder, and garlic powder. Whisk this mixture until you have a thick paste. Then, slowly add the ice water in 1 tablespoon increments, whisking the sauce after each addition. Once you have a fluid, pale, and creamy consistency, you’re good! Add more cold water if necessary. Then, season the sauce with salt and pepper and stir in the poppy seeds.
  • This sauce is best after storing in the fridge for a few hours. It keeps in a sealed container in the fridge for about a week!
08/08/2020 (Last Updated: 08/08/2020)
Posted in: creamy, gluten free, grain-free, nut free, oil free, quick, salty, sauce, tahini, umami, vegan


Recipe Rating

  • Been a long time lover of your blog, since the early days. So excited to read you post about love not being a passive act in regards to food justice and justice for black lives. Love to see it. xx Navneet

  • Wow, I made this and it is sooo good! Thank you. It is a little on the sweet side but otherwise lick-your-bowl-delicious. My tahini was not very liquid so I added some olive oil. That worked out well.

  • I live an hour outside of Toronto and always stock up on the tahini made in-house at Parallel restaurant. It’s exceptional!