Tahini — a thin paste made from sesame seeds — adds a delightfully nutty depth to anything it touches. Here are some of our favorite savory and sweet ways to use it, from our archives:

Savory


WASHINGTON, DC - OCTOBER14: Sweet Potato Pistachio Cakes. (Dixie D. Vereen/For The Washington Post)

Sweet Potato and Pistachio Cakes. Crunchy on the outside, creamy inside.


WASHINGTON, DC - Salad With Crispy Spiced Chickpeas and Tahini Dressing photographed in Washington, DC. (Photo by Deb Lindsey For The Washington Post). (Deb Lindsey /For The Washington Post)

Salad With Crispy Spiced Chickpeas and Tahini Dressing. This could also be stuffed into a pita.


WASHINGTON DC - DECEMBER 20TH: Taim Falafel Two Ways, With Roasted Red Pepper Tahini on a white square plate shot on December 20th, 2016 in Washington DC. (Goran Kosanovic for The Washington Post)

Taim Falafel Two Ways, With Roasted Red Pepper Tahini. This sauce is perfect with falafel, but we're confident you can think of other ways to use it, too.


WASHINGTON, DC - Pan-Seared Snapper With Tahini-Yogurt Sauce photographed in Washington, DC. (Photo by Deb Lindsey For The Washington Post). (Deb Lindsey/For The Washington Post)

Pan-Seared Snapper With Tahini-Yogurt Sauce. Tangy yogurt and nutty tahini are a natural pairing.


WASHINGTON, DC - Fish With Green Tahini photographed in Washington, DC. (Photo by Deb Lindsey For The Washington Post). (Deb Lindsey/For The Washington Post)

Fish With Green Tahini. Another way to go, fish-wise: A quick sauce of tahini with herbs, lemon and cayenne covers fish fillets, keeping them moist as they roast in the oven.


WASHINGTON, DC - SEPTEMBER 17: Crispy Cauliflower With Lemon Tahini Sauce photographed in Washington, DC. Tableware from Crate and Barrel. Photo by Deb Lindsey/For The Washington Post)

Crisped Cauliflower With Lemon Tahini Sauce. You can also roast the cauliflower if you don't want to fry it.

Sweet


WASHINGTON DC - OCTOBER 10TH: Middle Eastern Millionaire's Shortbread shot on October 10th, 2017 in Washington DC. (Goran Kosanovic for The Washington Post)

Middle Eastern Millionaire's Shortbread. Decadent, rich and bittersweet. (The top tahini caramel layer is excellent on its own, too.)


WASHINGTON, DC- November 10: Sesame Halvah Cookies (gluten-free, dairy-free) photographed on November 10, 2010. (Deb Lindsey for The Washington Post)

Sesame Halvah Cookies. The nuttiness is bumped up with the addition of halvah.


SLUG: FD-COOKIES09 DATE: 11-18-2009 NEG#: 210780 PHOTOG: Jonathan Ernst/FTWP LOCATION: Studio CAPTION: Sweet Tahini Cookies for the 2009 holiday cookie feature. Freelance Photo imported to Merlin on Mon Nov 23 06:53:01 2009 (Jonathan Ernst/For The Washington Post)

Sweet Tahinis. A chewy cookie that also happens to be vegan and gluten-free.


June 9, 2017: Bittersweet Chocolate-Cardamom Pudding, a recipe from Samin Nosrat, author of Salt Fat Acid Heat. (The Washington Post)

Bittersweet Chocolate-Cardamom Pudding. There's no tahini in the recipe, but take our word for it — a little drizzle of it on top of these puddings is magical.