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How to Make Pistachio Paste | Homemade Pistachio Butter

How to Make Pistachio Paste | Homemade Pistachio Butter

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Learn how to make homemade pistachio paste (pistachio butter). All you need is one ingredient and good blender. With this pistachio paste you can make pastries, cakes, desserts, cookies and even pistachio ice cream.

What is Pistachio Paste?

Homemade Pistachio paste

Pistachio paste is a creamy and flavorful spread made from ground pistachios. It is a versatile ingredient used in both sweet and savory dishes, adding a rich and nutty flavor. The paste is often used in culinary applications to enhance both the taste and color of dishes. Its velvety texture makes it a valuable ingredient in baking, confectionery, and savory preparations, adding a unique pistachio essence to a wide range of recipes.

What is The Difference Between Pistachio Butter and Pistachio Paste?

The terms "pistachio butter" and "pistachio paste" are often used interchangeably, but some may differentiate them based on texture. Pistachio paste is generally smoother, while pistachio butter might have a coarser texture, similar to nut butter.

How to Make Pistachio Paste at Home?

pistachio butter

Actually, the process of making pistachio paste (butter) is very simple. To make pistachio paste at home, blend shelled pistachios in a powerful blender or a food processor until they form a smooth, buttery consistency. You your blender is not powerful enough; you may need to add a small amount of oil to achieve the desired texture.

Why My Pistachio Paste is Brown and Not Green?

The color of pistachio paste can be influenced by various factors. If your pistachio paste appears brown instead of green, it may be due to the roasting process or the use of roasted pistachios. Roasting can deepen the color and alter the flavor profile, but it sacrifices the vibrant green hue. To maintain a green color, opt for raw, unsalted pistachios, and avoid excessive processing time that may lead to oxidation. Also, if it's possible, peel the pistachio skin. This process might be difficult in-home conditions, but it helps reveal the deep green color. It is important to remember that the color does not affect the taste, and pistachios' natural color is not completely green. Eventually, if it's essential, you can add 1-2 drops of green gel food coloring to your paste, as I showed in the video.

natural pistachio butter

Photo 1: natural pistachio paste

green pistachio butter

Photo 2: green pistachio paste with 2 drops of green gel food coloring

Can We Use Shelled Pistachios?


In the video I made the paste from scratch and showed how I peel the pistachios from its shell, but it is recommended to use shelled pistachios for making pistachio paste to save time and effort.

Why Is My Pistachio Paste Not Smooth?

Achieving a smooth pistachio paste requires proper processing. If your paste is not as smooth as desired, consider the following tips: Ensure your pistachios are fresh and of high quality. Use a powerful food processor or blender to grind them finely. Pause occasionally to scrape down the sides, ensuring even processing. If the paste still lacks smoothness, adding a small amount of neutral oil, such as grapeseed or almond oil, can help achieve the desired creamy consistency.

Why Pistachio Butter is So Expensive?


Pistachio butter can be expensive due to the high cost of raw pistachios, labor-intensive harvesting, and the quantity needed to produce a small amount of butter. Additionally, pistachios are often considered a premium nut.

Is It cheaper To Buy or to Make Pistachio Butter?

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Making pistachio butter at home can be cost-effective, especially if you buy pistachios in bulk. However, the overall cost depends on the availability and pricing of pistachios in your area.

What are The Healthy Benefits of Pistachio Butter?

Pistachio butter, like whole pistachios, provides a range of health benefits. It is a good source of monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats, which are heart-healthy fats that may help lower bad cholesterol levels. Additionally, pistachios are rich in protein, fiber, vitamins (such as B vitamins), and minerals (like potassium and magnesium). The presence of antioxidants, such as lutein and zeaxanthin, in pistachios may contribute to eye health. Including pistachio butter in your diet in moderation can support overall well-being, including cardiovascular health and weight management.

What Equipment Do I Need to Make Pistachio Paste at Home?

You'll need a reliable food processor or blender to grind the pistachios into a smooth paste. A spatula, measuring tools, and an airtight container for storage are also essential.

Here are some powerful food processors I can recommend for making pistachio paste or any nut butter at home:

What Recipes Can We Make Using Pistachio Butter (pistachio Paste)?

Pistachio butter can be used in a variety of recipes, including desserts like cookies, cakes, and ice creams. It can also be incorporated into savory dishes like sauces, dressings, and dips. Experiment with adding it to smoothies or spreading it on toast for a delightful treat.

Here are some recipe ideas:

Pistachio Cheesecake

 pistachio cheesecake

Pistachio Ice cream

 pistachio ice cream

Pistachio Tiramisu

 Pistachio Tiramisu

 Pistachio Cookies


20 Minutes
20 Minutes
  • 400g Pistachios, unsalted

  1. Preheat oven to 350F (180C).
  2. Make pistachio paste: peel the pistachios from the shell. Roast the pistachios for 7-8 minutes, then place them in a clean kitchen towel and shake to remove as much skin as possible.
  3. Place the pistachios in a powerful blender and blend until smooth and creamy. This process may take 10-15 minutes (depending on your blender) so be patient.
  4. Transfer the paste into a jar and keep in the fridge.

  • m

    how long can stay preserved in jar please?

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    The Cooking Foodie

    For at least 4 weeks if you keep it clean.

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  • A

    Thank you for the recipe. Made 1/2 kilo of pistachio paste now. Going to try some of your desserts with pistachio paste.

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    The Cooking Foodie

    Glad you liked it.

  • Y

    I made your pistachio paste and using this paste I also made pistachio cheesecake. Was so delicious! My family loved it. Next time going to try your pistachio tiramisu. P.s I accidentally rated 4 stars instead of 5. How can I change it?

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    The Cooking Foodie

    Hi Yana, Glad you liked it. Unfortunately I can't change the rating. Let me know if you try the pistachio tiramisu recipe.

  • D

    Hi How long can we store pistachio tiramisu after the preparation

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    The Cooking Foodie

    4-5 days in the fridge.

  • i

    Hello. Thank you for the recipe. Could you tell me around how much pistachio paste can be made with 400g shelled pistachios

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    The Cooking Foodie

    It's hard to tell exactly, but you should get approximately 340-360 grams of pistachio paste.


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