Used primarily in seed form and as an flavoring oil, Sesame (ごま) has the ability to add texture and bold, rich, nutty flavor to the dishes in which it is used. In many snacks and salads the whole seeds are used and have a pleasant, light nutty crunch. The amber colored oil lends a distinct toasted, almost smoky element when utilized in everything from dressings, soups and sauces to stir fried dishes like nabeshigi (sautéed eggplant). Or use a dash to add real depth to dishes like ohitashi. Use sparingly though – a little goes a long way!
- Cucumber and chicken salad
- Sesame chicken stir fry
- Spicy asparagus chicken stir fry
- Soy and sesame edamame