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Pistachio Paste

Pistachio Paste

Making Pistachio Paste is super easy. This paste is smooth, delicious, and you can use it to make desserts, or simply to eat as pistachio butter.
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword pistachio
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 1 minute
Total Time 31 minutes
Servings 1 cup
Calories 300 kcal
Author camila


  • 1 1/2 cup shelled pistachios* 180 grams, 6.3 oz
  • 3 tbsp water


  1. Start by skinning the pistachios if you want to obtain a green paste.
  2. Bring a pot with 1 quart of water to a boil.
  3. Once it starts to boil, add the pistachios to the water. Turn the water off the heat, and let the pistachios soak in the boiling water for 2 minutes.
  4. Drain the pistachios and rinse them briefly under the cold water.
  5. Line a baking sheet with a kitchen towel or with paper towels. Spread the pistachios on top of the towel, and rub them gently to help peel the skin.
  6. Then you might have to individually continue to peel the skins off the pistachios. This can take about 20 or 30 minutes.
  7. Discard the skins.
  8. Place the green pistachios in a food processor or blender.
  9. Process for a couple of minutes.
  10. Add one tablespoon of water at a time, processing in between, until you find a smooth consistency. For me, 3 tablespoons did the trick, you might need less, or maybe a bit more.
  11. Add water just as necessary to obtain a smooth paste.
  12. Scrape it into a bowl and it’s ready to be used.


  1. Store in the fridge for up to 5 days. Or freeze in a zip loc bag or air tight container for up to 2 months.

Recipe Notes

*You can use dry roasted, or raw pistachios. The roasted pistachios are usually harder to remove the skin than the raw pistachios, so have that in mind.

*You can substitute a tablespoon of water for honey or maple syrup to sweeten the paste, though the pistachio already offers a natural sweetness to the paste.

*Also feel free to flavor the pistachio paste by adding vanilla beans, or any extract such as almond. If adding almond extract, I recommend adding just a couple of drops, as it can be overpowering.

Nutrition Facts
Pistachio Paste
Amount Per Serving (0.5 cup)
Calories 300
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.