Crack Sauce Recipe (AKA The Best Tahini Dressing!) (2024)

by Faith VanderMolen

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If you're looking for a sauce that makes any vegetable or basic Buddha bowl taste amazing, then try out this recipe for Crack Sauce! This tahini soy dressing recipe is easy to make and will quickly become a staple in your kitchen.

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Whenever I don't know what to make, I whip up this Crack Sauce recipe! If you have no idea what Crack Sauce is, I understand. Crack Sauce is a tahini soy dressing that seems to make anything you drizzle it on taste amazing...or like crack! This crack sauce recipe was shared in my Plant Based Meal Prep for Beginners YouTube Video and everyone who tries it loves it as much as we do! We love to drizzle it over buddha bowls or pair it with tempeh bacon in a veggie wrap. If you like more mediterranean flavors, they definitely check out my Lemon Tahini Dressing!

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  • Why You'll Love This Recipe!
  • Ingredients
  • Substitutions and Variations
  • How to Make Crack Sauce
  • Storage
  • Expert Tips
  • Recipe FAQs
  • What to Eat with Tahini Soy Dressing
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Why You'll Love This Recipe!

  • If you have a hard time eating your veggies, this crack sauce will definitely help you out! It makes anything and everything taste amazing!
  • This sauce comes together in minutes thanks to pantry staples. I always have all of the ingredients for this sauce on hand, making it the perfect weeknight sauce for simple buddha bowls.
  • If tahini isn't your favorite food, but you want to grow to like it, this sauce will help you get started. Mixing tahini with soy sauce, maple syrup and other spices creates a flavor-packed sauce that most people enjoy!


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  • Tahini - Tahini makes up the base of this crack sauce recipe, so it's important that you find a tahini that you enjoy on its own. You can read the section below titled "What Brand of Tahini is Best" for a good starting point on which tahini you should try.
  • Soy sauce - Soy sauce adds lots of umami flavor and saltiness to this dressing. I always use less-sodium soy sauce as that way I can control the saltiness in my recipes. You can always add more salt, but you can't take it away.
  • Rice vinegar - Rice vinegar is often used in Asian dishes. It's adds the sour taste you're looking for in a well rounded sauce. You should be able to find rice vinegar in the condiments section or the Asian section of your grocery store.
  • Maple syrup - Maple syrup add some sweetness to this sauce. You won't be using a lot, but it helps to balance out the saltiness from the soy sauce and the bitterness from the tahini.
  • Sesame oil - Sesame oil adds even more depth of flavor to this tahini soy dressing and a little goes a long way!
  • Garlic - I always try to use fresh garlic when I'm making homemade sauces and dressings. Just be sure to finely mince the garlic so you don't get large pieces of raw garlic in your sauce.
  • Ginger - Ginger is a common ingredient in Asian sauces so I had to include it in this crack sauce recipe. I love to peel fresh ginger root and grate it with a grater or zester. This way the ginger is super fine and basically dissolves in the sauce.

See recipe card for full list of ingredients and quantities.

Substitutions and Variations

  • Soy Sauce - If you can't eat soy, you can try using coconut aminos instead of soy sauce. You may just want to cut back on the maple syrup a little as I've found coconut aminos to be on the sweeter size.
  • Rice Vinegar - Rice vinegar adds sourness to the sauce. If you don't have it on hand, I would try using fresh lime juice or plain white vinegar instead.
  • Maple Syrup - Agave, brown rice syrup or honey, if you're not vegan, would all make good substitutes for maple syrup. Even brown sugar would work!
  • Fresh Garlic and Ginger - Whenever I'm out of fresh ginger and garlic, I just add a few dashes of dried, ground garlic and ginger. I always have those on hand in my spice cabinet.

How to Make Crack Sauce

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Step 1: Start by gathering the ingredients. Grate your fresh ginger and mince the garlic. Combine everything, except for the water, in a jar and stir well to combine.

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Step 2: Stir in water, a splash at a time, until the dressing reaches your desired consistency.

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Thanks to rice vinegar and salt, this dressing should last up to a week in the fridge. Simply make and store it in an airtight container in the fridge for up to a week. Towards the end of the week, smell it before using to make sure it hasn't gone off.

Expert Tips

  1. Use the best quality ingredients you can find, especially when it comes to the tahini. If you don't like the tahini you're using on its own, you probably won't enjoy this sauce.
  2. Fresh ginger and garlic make all the difference. Just be sure to minced or grate them super finely so that they incorporate easily into the sauce.
  3. Everyone's taste preferences are different. Once you mix this sauce together, taste and adjust some of the ingredients as desired. Add more soy sauce for saltiness or umami. And more rice vinegar for tang and sourness. Add more maple syrup for sweetness.

Recipe FAQs

What is Crack Sauce Made Of?

As I mentioned, this crack sauce is really just a tahini soy dressing.

So as you can guess, tahini and soy sauce are the main ingredients!

I'm sure you already have the other ingredients on hand as well.

What is Tahini?

Tahini is basically the sesame seed version of peanut butter. It's a middle eastern condiment that is made from raw or toasted hulled sesame seeds that have been ground into a smooth, ideally runny, butter or sauce. It can be served by itself as a dip or sauce or added to other ingredients to create popular dishes such as hummus or baba ganoush.

Which Brand of Tahini is Best?

My first taste of tahini was less than enjoyable. I thought it tasted super bitter! Looking back, I'm guessing the brand of tahini I tried out wasn't the best. Now, however, I could drink good quality tahini by the glassful! Thankfully, good brands of tahini are easier to come by now.

You should be able to find tahini at:

  • Your local grocery store
  • An International market/grocery store
  • Online

My personal favorite brands of tahini, so far, are Ziyad and Baron's! However, there are so many brands of tahini that I have yet to try which I'm sure are amazing! For an easy to find tahini, there is always Simple Truth Organic Tahini as well.

What to Eat with Tahini Soy Dressing

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We love this dressing on anything and everything...hence the name Crack Sauce! But if you need some meal inspiration, I'll share some ideas for how to serve this dressing below:

  • On buddha bowls
  • As a salad dressing
  • With noodles
  • As a dip for veggies
  • With homemade spring rolls
  • Paired with tempeh bacon in a veggie wrap
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Crack Sauce Recipe (AKA The Best Tahini Dressing!)

Faith VanderMolen

If you're looking for a sauce that makes any vegetable or basic Buddha bowl taste amazing, then try out this recipe for Crack Sauce! This tahini soy dressing recipe is easy to make and will quickly become a staple in your kitchen.

4.92 from 12 votes

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Course Condiments

Cuisine Mediterranean

Servings 6 servings

Calories 138 kcal



  • Add all of the ingredients (except for the water) to a glass jar and stir until combined.

  • Add water to thin until the sauce reaches your desired consistency.

  • Seal the jar and store the sauce in the fridge for up to a week.


Thanks to rice vinegar and salt, this dressing should last up to a week in the fridge.

Simply make and store it in an airtight container in the fridge for up to a week.

Towards the end of the week, smell it before using to make sure it hasn't gone off.


Calories: 138kcalCarbohydrates: 7gProtein: 4gFat: 11gSaturated Fat: 2gPolyunsaturated Fat: 5gMonounsaturated Fat: 4gSodium: 200mgPotassium: 122mgFiber: 1gSugar: 2gVitamin A: 13IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 35mgIron: 1mg

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  1. Adam says

    Crack Sauce Recipe (AKA The Best Tahini Dressing!) (19)
    Found this recipe when searching for a tahini salad dressing, and this looks great so thank you! I just wondered if you thought about the name “crack” sauce being problematic. If you do not think it is, please think for a second why you would not choose to call it “meth” sauce or “heroin” sauce, other highly addictive drugs that have similarly ruined lives and communities that we don’t choose to playfully make light of. Just something to think about, I’m sure you were just referencing Milk Bar, but they have since changed the name of their pie.


    • Faith VanderMolen says

      I hope you can try it out and that you like it! And thank you for sharing your thoughts on the name. I have thought about it, but wasn't sure I should change it as many of my followers know this dressing as "crack sauce" and look up this recipe by searching that name. I wish I had thought through the name more before I put it out in public!


    • Jeanne Petrus-Rivera says

      Yep. My thoughts exactly. Crack isn’t cute. But I still might try the recipe.


      • Faith VanderMolen says

        Thanks for sharing. I hope you like the sauce, despite the name!

  2. Sandy R says

    Crack Sauce Recipe (AKA The Best Tahini Dressing!) (20)
    Absolutely delicious. I was skeptical about the maple syrup but not only does it work, it's WONDERFUL! Have also made it with lemon juice instead of vinegar and a shallot. Ran the sauce through my blender. This is a keeper. Thank you!!


    • Faith VanderMolen says

      So happy to hear you enjoyed this sauce!


  3. Colleen says

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    Delicious! I thinned it down for salad dressing. So quick and easy!


    • Faith VanderMolen says

      So happy you enjoyed this recipe Colleen!


  4. Haley says

    Just curious if it would taste the same if using coconut aminos or liquid aminos in place of the low sodium soy sauce? Has anyone tried it? Maybe I’ll just have to try it!


    • Faith VanderMolen says

      I hear that is a good substitute for soy sauce, so I'm sure it would work pretty well. Let us know if you try it and what you think!


  5. Anneli Dover says

    Very delicious!! All the flavors compliment each other so well! Great sauce recipe! One I am keeping for sure! What would you say is a serving? Would it be 2 tablespoons, or a quarter cup?


    • Faith VanderMolen says

      So glad you enjoyed this! And it depends on who you're asking about serving sizes. For me it'd be 2 tablespoons, for my husband definitely 1/4 a cup or more!


  6. Ann-Marie says

    I haven’t been a big fan of tahini dressing after trying a recipe from a different blog, but this absolutely lives up to its name. It is really good! I also love the tahini brownie energy bites recipe here.


    • Faith VanderMolen says

      I'm so glad you enjoyed this tahini dressing Ann-Marie! Thanks for sharing!


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What is crack sauce made of? ›

It's a sweet and spicy sauce made from a combination of fish sauce, sugar, lime juice, shallots, garlic, cilantro, and chili peppers. It's so good on just about everything and so addicting that we simply call it the Asian crack sauce.

What is tahini sauce made of? ›

What is tahini sauce? Tahini sauce is a Middle Eastern condiment that is served with many dishes from the region. It's made with only 3 main ingredients: tahini paste, which is crushed sesame seeds, lemon juice, and garlic. Tahini is made by grinding toasted, hulled sesame seeds to create a creamy, smooth spread.

What to use tahini sauce for? ›

Tahini Sauce Serving Suggestions
  1. As a salad dressing. I love it on green salads, roasted vegetable salads, pasta salads, grain salads, and more.
  2. On grilled or roasted veggies. ...
  3. On sandwiches or wraps, like falafel wraps or chickpea shawarma wraps.
  4. On a grain bowl.

Why is my tahini dressing so thick? ›

Because tahini is made from ground sesame seeds, the sesame oil in it tends to separate. Even when you stir the oil back into the tahini, it might be too thick for your purposes. Fortunately, it's easy to thin the tahini using ingredients you already have on hand.

Is tahini the same as soy sauce? ›

Tamari and tahini have many more differences than they do similarities. Whereas Tamari comes completely from soybeans, tahini is made purely from sesame seeds. Unlike Tamari, tahini involves no fermentation. Instead, it is produced by grinding sesame seeds into a spreadable paste.

Is tahini good or bad for you? ›

Tahini is a tasty way to add powerful antioxidants and healthy fats to your diet, as well as several vitamins and minerals. It has antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties, and its health benefits may include reducing risk factors for heart disease and protecting brain health.

Why is tahini so expensive? ›

The primary contributor is the cost of fun sesame seeds, the key ingredient in tahini. The price of these sesame seeds is subject to fluctuations influenced by weather conditions, global demand, and geopolitical events in major sesame-producing regions.

Is tahini more healthy than peanut butter? ›

They're both healthy, dietitians say. Tahini is lower in carbohydrates and sugars than peanut butter is making it a better choice for people who follow low-carb diets, Politi notes. Both foods are predominantly fat, though peanut butter has a little more protein, Young adds.

Can tahini go bad? ›

Tahini can go bad, especially if it's exposed to moisture or direct heat. It will have a noticeable, sharp rancid smell.

Can I use tahini straight from the jar? ›

In the hustle and bustle of modern life, the ability to use tahini straight from the jar provides a quick fix for those seeking both flavor and convenience. Embrace the versatility of this culinary gem, allowing it to effortlessly elevate your meals without the need for extensive preparation.

What's the difference between tahini and tahini sauce? ›

Tahini paste is just ground sesame seeds. Period. In comparison, tahini sauce is made by thinning the paste to a consistency similar to a thick cream, typically by adding other ingredients. My family's recipe adds lemon juice, garlic, and olive oil to our tahini sauce.

What cuts the bitterness of tahini? ›

You can balance bitterness of tahini by using other ingredients with complementary flavors. Some popular options include lemon juice, garlic, honey, and maple syrup.

Why does my tahini taste weird? ›

The taste will be sour, kind of metallic, and just plain weird. Utilizing a trusty sniff test is another way of finding out if it's time for your tahini to take a one-way trip to the bin. But something that's important to remember is that ground sesame seeds do naturally have a slightly earthy, bitter aftertaste.

Do you stir tahini before using? ›

Once you get your jar of tahini home, you want to open it up and give it a stir to make sure it's incorporated. (If the oil has fully separated, such as in the photo above, Food editor Joe Yonan uses an immersion blender to reincorporate it, after which he says it stays emulsified.)

What is Lotus seafood crack sauce? ›

The creamy Crack Sauce gives you a taste of butter and garlic flavors, and can be used for an all-purpose sauce for shrimp, fries, lobster or wings. It can be found at Lotus at Bissonnet and Southwest Freeway, Kirkwood, Memorial, Pearland and Stafford locations. March 21, 2024.

What is sauce made of? ›

Sauces are the melding of ingredients, including stocks, wine, aromatics, herbs, and dairy, into a harmonious taste. Most small sauces are based on the principle of reduction, cooking down various liquids with aromatics, wine, and herbs to meld, concentrate, and balance the flavor and consistency.

What is the Whataburger sauce called? ›

Whataburger sauces nutritional value
SauceCalories (per serving)Sodium (mg)
Buffalo Sauce20440
Honey Butter Sauce12045
Picante Sauce10150
Salsa Verde5140
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What is splitting sauce? ›

When your sauce breaks, it means that either the fat or water has separated from the other solvents. This creates not only an oily mess on your plate but also a broken sauce that no longer works as intended.


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