Easy Japanese Recipes

Black Sesame Ice Cream 黒ゴマのアイスクリーム

Black Sesame Ice Cream Recipe | JustOneCookbook.comHave you tried Japanese flavored ice cream such as Green Tea Ice Cream and Red Bean Ice Cream?  I have another Japanese-flavored ice cream for you today, which is this mysterious Black Sesame Ice Cream.

I hope I was able to surprise some of you with this unusual ice cream flavor.  For the Japanese and some Asians, black sesame flavor is commonly used in desserts.  Popular desserts include black sesame macarons, purin (pudding), chiffon cake, mochi, bread, ice cream, and more.  The Chinese has black sesame sweet soup and mochi dumpling with black sesame filling.  Black sesame is unique in the way it changes the dynamic of a dessert completely.  Ordinary looking dessert are transformed into a peculiar dark gray color, and it surprises you with unique nutty toasty flavor.

One of the key ingredients for this black sesame ice cream is the Asian black sesame paste, which is sold in jars at Japanese (or Chinese) grocery stores.  The black sesame paste is different from black tahini because black sesame seeds are roasted before they are grounded.

Neri Goma

A jar of Black Sesame Paste (Neri Goma)

Today I’m guest posting at Spicie Foodie.  You might remember this blog when the blog owner Nancy interviewed me back in May.  She’s celebrating her 3 year blog anniversary and she has kindly invited me to celebrate this big milestone with her.  If you are new to food blogging and want great tips on food photography, make sure to check out her photography tutorial here.  Please stop by Spicie Foodie to check out my guest post.  Enjoy this black sesame dessert!

Black Sesame Ice Cream

Black Sesame Ice Cream Recipe
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Serves: 4 Servings
  • 2 Tbsp. roasted black sesame seeds
  • 400 ml (roughly 1⅔ cup) whole milk
  • 70g (2.5oz, roughly ⅓ cup) sugar
  • 3 egg yolks
  • 2 Tbsp. honey
  • 3 Tbsp. black sesame paste (or Homemade Black Sesame Paste)
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 200 ml (Take away 2 Tbsp. of 1 cup) heavy cream
  • Pinch of salt
  1. If the black sesame seeds are not roasted yet, put the sesame in a (non-stick) fry pan over medium heat and stir until they start popping. They will start releasing a nutty aroma. Remove from the heat and cool.
  2. Grind black sesame seeds very finely.
  3. In a small pot, bring the milk to a simmer and remove from heat.
  4. Whisk sugar and egg yolk together until pale yellow.
  5. Add in honey, black sesame seeds, and black sesame paste and whisk until well combined.
  6. Add the milk into the sesame mixture in a slow stream.
  7. Pour the mixture into the small pot over medium-low heat. Stir until the custard thickens and reach around 80C (176F) degree. Don’t exceed 83C (181F) degree since egg yolk will get cooked.*
  8. Remove from heat and cool down the pot in a large bowl filled with iced water. Add vanilla.
  9. Clean the stand mixer bowl and now whisk together the heavy cream and a pinch of salt until peaks form.
  10. Add the whipped cream into the cooled sesame mixture.
  11. Fold in but do not over mix it. Chill the mixture in the refrigerator for several hours (or overnight) until completely cold.
  12. Process the mixture in your ice cream maker according to manufacturer’s instructions (usually about 25 minutes). Transfer the ice cream to an airtight container and freeze it for several hours before serving.
  13. If you are not going to use ice cream maker, then transfer the mixture to a container and put it in a freezer. Stir every few hours (3-4 times) to break up the ice crystals until it’s completely frozen.
*To avoid salmonella, egg must be cooked for at least 1 minute over 75C (167F) degree.

Adapted from a Japanese blog bonappetit


Black Sesame Ice Cream

Posted in: Desserts, Quick & Easy, Summer, Vegetarian

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  • Valerie Brunmeier July 11, 2012, 6:28 pm

    Nami this looks incredible! I wish I had some right now. I love trying unique ice cream flavors. Thank you so much for bringing our attention to the photography tutorials on Spicy Foodie’s site. I’ve Pinned that page and will go back and read through them all. I need the help!

  • Javelin Warrior July 11, 2012, 6:30 pm

    Nami, I just saw you guest posting on Spicie Foodie earlier today and was drooling over this ice cream – amazing! The color and texture is incredible and I never knew it was possible to make ice cream with sesame… Love this…

    • Javelin Warrior July 12, 2012, 9:28 pm

      Just wanted to drop by and let you know I’m featuring this post in Food Fetish Friday (with a link-back and attribution). I hope you have no objections and it’s always a pleasure following you…

  • Belinda @zomppa July 11, 2012, 6:46 pm

    What a great ice cream!! I bet it’s the perfect texture.

  • Stephanie July 11, 2012, 6:55 pm

    Yes! I LOVE Black Sesame anything!! Soup, rolls, tong yuan, etc. I can’t wait to make this Nami! ^_^

  • yummychunklet July 11, 2012, 7:04 pm

    Wow. That ice cream looks intense. Great photography!

  • Anna @ The Littlest Anchovy July 11, 2012, 7:07 pm

    Wow the colour really draws you in! it is so dramatic, I just love it! I have never tried this flavour but I really want to…thanks for the great recipe!

  • Sandra's Easy Cooking July 11, 2012, 7:11 pm

    This is incredible, Nami! Wow! I love, love flavor of black sesame seeds, but never thought about using it in the ice-cream! This is something completely new and very delicious looking photos! Congrats on the guest post!

  • Cassie July 11, 2012, 7:18 pm

    I adore this, Nami. I bet the flavor is so rich, and I love the deep color. Well-done!!

  • sophia July 11, 2012, 7:28 pm

    Nami, your photography continues to astound me. Love that sort of eerie (in a good way!) blueish gray color! I love black sesame ice cream. Have you tried black sesame porridge? I make that from time to time. :)

  • Laura (Tutti Dolci) July 11, 2012, 7:30 pm

    I’m fairly certain I had something with black sesame paste while in China, but I can’t remember exactly what dish. I loved the nutty flavor! Beautiful styling, you played up the exquisite color of this ice cream perfectly!

  • Hotly Spiced July 11, 2012, 7:48 pm

    What beautiful looking ice cream Nami and I love how you’ve presented it. Those little balls are perfect and gorgeous and the splash of green just finishes off the presentation beautifully. I can’t imagine the taste of this ice cream but I really love the colour xx

  • LA July 11, 2012, 7:54 pm

    Oh wow! I would LOVE to try this because I got to taste this flavor of ice cream in a Korean restaurant and it was soooo good I couldn’t have enough of it :D

  • ChopinandMysaucepan July 11, 2012, 9:56 pm

    Dear Nami,

    This post brings back so many fond memories of our jelly mould competition, I suddenly feel nostalgic all over again because you were with us all the way during that time.

    We love black sesame for its flavour and also in Japanese desserts and I think this is such a beautiful let alone tasty end to a nice meal. I love your bowl and the way you have garnished this dessert.


  • Evelyn July 11, 2012, 10:03 pm

    Nami, your black sesame ice cream is definitely perfect for this hot summer. Also, there are health benefits of eating black sesame. A great ice cream recipe. Thank you!

  • Lynna H. July 11, 2012, 10:57 pm

    Your photos are gorgeous! Wow, this sounds sooo cool and unique! I mean, I`ve read it at restaurant menus before, but never gave them a chance. However, these look great!

  • Maja July 11, 2012, 11:10 pm

    Nami, I never heart of it, but it looks so damn gorgeous! What an color!!

  • jack July 11, 2012, 11:53 pm

    More icecream…. I think I’m going to have to have an icecream when I finish work today. I like black sesame, the nutty flavour is great, thanks for another great icecream recipe Nami :)

  • Jeannie July 12, 2012, 12:00 am

    Nami, I absolutely love black sesame ice cream! I wish I could have a big bowl right in front of me right now! Yours looks so creamy and smooth!

  • chinmayie @ love food eat July 12, 2012, 12:05 am

    What stunning styling and colors Nami. That ice-cream looks out of the world!

  • Sawsan (Chef in disguise) July 12, 2012, 12:19 am

    You sure surprised me with this one and it is a pleasant surprise
    We have black sesame seeds here but I am not sure it is the same thing, I can only imagine how interesting this icecream must be Nami

  • Rosa July 12, 2012, 12:21 am

    Amazing and surely heavenly tasting! Your recipes are always wonderful.



  • Shirley Tay July 12, 2012, 12:26 am

    I want, I want, hahaha! I’m like a big kid drooling all over now. Lol! Nami, u seemed to see only my giveaway announcements & missed other posts. Hope u’re not drooling over my giveaways. Hahaha!

  • Shu Han July 12, 2012, 1:17 am

    I LOVE BLACK SESAME ICE CREAM! whenever I go to a japanese restaurant, if there’s ice cream on the menu, I will almos talways go for this. it’s my favourite favourite asian dessert flavour. I make my own black sesame paste, it”s really easy, just need to have freshly black sesame, some sweetener and a blender! I usually have it chinese tong sui style, a warm bowl of potage, using glutinous rice flour to thicken. now I know what to do with that paste to make it into ice cream!

  • Maureen @ Orgasmic Chef July 12, 2012, 1:18 am

    You come up with the niftiest recipes. This ice cream looks rich and dark and delicious!

  • Sammie July 12, 2012, 1:37 am

    I loooove black sesame flavour! So delicious! And I love that you made your own ice-cream too!!! haha.. I’ve tried black sesame macarons and they’re soooo yummy. :)

  • Choc Chip Uru July 12, 2012, 1:41 am

    Your ice cream takes the Sydney Asian shop ones to shame – it looks unreal!!!
    Delicious and beautiful well done my friend :D

    Choc Chip Uru

  • Mandy - The Complete Cook Book July 12, 2012, 1:48 am

    This must be the most incredible ice cream ever.
    :-) Mandy

  • Giulietta | Alterkitchen July 12, 2012, 3:22 am

    This black ice cream is gorgeous! I love it! :)

  • tatabonita July 12, 2012, 4:15 am

    I thought it was Blueberry ice cream :D. I really miss visiting your site, and I know that I’ve missed so many beautiful posts Nami T___T. I love to use black sesame for my bento, but have never thought that it can be made into a really nice ice cream ^^

  • Joanne July 12, 2012, 4:24 am

    I have nothing but serious love for Asian-flavored ice creams. I’ve never tried black sesame but I want to greatly after reading this!

  • Elizabeth@ Food Ramblings July 12, 2012, 5:40 am

    This is so interesting- I’ve never seen anything like it, but I’m sure it’s delicious :)

  • Vicki Bensinger July 12, 2012, 5:45 am

    Nami I love this ice cream and I haven’t even tasted it yet. The color is beautiful. I can’t even imagine what it tastes like blended with cream and eggs. Do your children love it?

  • Sandi July 12, 2012, 6:37 am

    Always see something new here..so lovely :)

  • Balvinder July 12, 2012, 6:53 am

    An unusual flavor to me but looks delicious and worth trying. The blue color is attracting me!

  • Ramona July 12, 2012, 7:24 am

    Nami, I saw this ice cream at the Spicie Foodie’s and was sitting there with my mouth open. It is such a beautiful and unique ice cream!! Gorgeously done!!

  • Hester @ Alchemy in the Kitchen July 12, 2012, 7:42 am

    Nami, wow! What an incredible colour, and what an unusual flavour. What a talented lady you are!

  • Jeno @ Week Nite Meals July 12, 2012, 7:50 am

    Hey Nami! I’ve tasted all kinds of Asian ice cream and Popsicle, though never black sesame ones, so yes you definitely surprised me! It makes total sense though, with all the desserts I grew up eating for holidays and celebrations, black sesame is a big part of that…

    So how have you been? I have not blogged for a long while, it will be my 200th posting so I wanted to share something worthy, also I have been lazy, hahah! I find it so much easier to just share on FaceBook, though it’s not the ideal way to keep track of recipes.

    Better get my act together soon!

  • Lyndsey @ The Tiny Skillet July 12, 2012, 7:52 am

    Yes you did surprise me with this one. I do have a friend that uses black sesame seeds in many baked goods sweet and savory. This ice cream looks amazing, very exotic! I will check out your post on Spice Foodie! :)

  • Laura @ Family Spice July 12, 2012, 8:03 am

    Woah! Very cool color! I’m not a frozen food fan, but my family is. I love how exotic this looks and I’m sure my family would love to try it!

  • Elizabeth @Mango_Queen July 12, 2012, 8:19 am

    Lovely photos and great recipe. I’ve always wanted to learn how to use black sesame in ice cream. Thanks for sharing another delightful treat, Nami! Hope you’re having a fun summer :-)

  • love2dine July 12, 2012, 8:54 am

    These look delicious! i am going to try it. is one of my favourite ice cream.

  • Kitty July 12, 2012, 9:49 am

    I know this is delicious because I had it once when I was teaching in Japan. I often make ice cream in summer and always for birthdays. I bet this flavor of ice cream would be a hit with children at Halloween. It’s impossible to find the paste here but I do have a supply of black sesame seeds so I’ll use them and try to make the paste. Maybe the paste is available on amazon so I’ll check there too. Green tea ice cream is divine! Thanks so much the black sesame seed ice cream. Except for the paste, the ingredients are simple enough to find locally.

  • Rowena @ Apron and Sneakers July 12, 2012, 9:58 am

    Wow! Nami, this is a wonderful flavor! I have never heard of it and I would really like to try it. I know about the green tea ice cream, I tried your red bean ice cream and now I think I would like to try this one too. Thank you for sharing this recipe!

  • wok with ray July 12, 2012, 10:04 am

    My hats off to you Nami for another beautiful and delicious creation. Just the look of this ice cream instantly freezes the sorrounding especially with this hot, hot weather that we are having. Hope you are staying cool and having a great week, Nami! :)

  • Ashley Bee (Quarter Life Crisis Cuisine) July 12, 2012, 10:07 am

    Gorgeous photos! I’ve never had this ice cream but I would certainly love to try it :) I neeeed an ice cream maker!

  • Reem | Simply Reem July 12, 2012, 10:11 am

    Not only it sounds delicious but the pictures are awesome…
    Loving everything about this post Nami!!
    I have never tried this ice cream but now u have left me drooling…

  • Cakewhiz July 12, 2012, 10:48 am

    I didn’t even know there was such a thing as sesame paste. What a cool ingredient and making an ice cream out of it sounds very exciting! I really like the color of this ice cream too!!!!

  • Ashley July 12, 2012, 11:18 am

    There’s something so seductive about this unique ice cream! Love it, Nami :)

  • Kitchen Belleicious July 12, 2012, 11:20 am

    i am intrigued! i am intrigued and impressed and sorta of jealous in a non-competitive your my friend kind of way:) seriously it looks so good and rich

  • Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious July 12, 2012, 12:05 pm

    How unique! I definitely have to give this a try, but I already know that I’m going to love it.

  • dassana July 12, 2012, 12:42 pm

    thats one gorgeous ice cream nami. your pics are also so good. i am following you on twitter, but i don’t get your updates.. twitter behaves strangely at times. so i have subscribed via email now.

    i have never had japanese food in my life… i have a question… do you have any recipe that can be adapted to vegetarian or vegan with miso. i have so much of miso at home and i really don’t know what to do with it.

  • Jenn and Seth (@HomeSkilletCook) July 12, 2012, 12:45 pm

    such a unique ice cream flavor! i’ve gotta try this!

  • Jen @ Savory Simple July 12, 2012, 12:46 pm

    Nami, this looks SO GOOD. I am a total ice cream addict and I cannot wait to try this!!!

  • Anna @ Crunchy Creamy Sweet July 12, 2012, 12:47 pm

    Now that’s some unique flavor and color for ice cream. I would love to try this! Thanks for sharing, Nami!

  • Eva Taylor July 12, 2012, 12:59 pm

    What an interesting ice cream, Nami, I love the colour. I have black sesami seeds at home, but sadly I had planned to make hazelnut frozen yogurt for my dessert on Saturday night. Perhaps another time.

  • Tanvi@SinfullySpicy July 12, 2012, 2:49 pm

    How unusual looking ice cream Nami..I LOVE that bowl..it would be a nice addition to my prop cupboard(*wink*). I have tried green matcha frozen yogurt once & sort of liked it. I have always learnt from my granny that black sesame is particularly useful for women coz they aid the body with haemoglobin formation. What a treat to eat black sesame..in a icecream..I wonder if there could be anything better to include them in my diet!

  • Tanvi@SinfullySpicy July 12, 2012, 2:50 pm

    And yup..I forget..I love the styling ..grey & green with bluish tinge in pictures..looks gorgeous!

  • Jean (Lemons and Anchovies) July 12, 2012, 2:59 pm

    Before I head over to Nancy’s to see your guest post, just had to say how much I love, love these pictures! :)

  • Cucina49 July 12, 2012, 3:01 pm

    Wow! You totally caught me by surprise with this ice cream flavor, but it’s just stunning. I’ve never had black sesame paste, but I adore sesame flavors.

  • Allison July 12, 2012, 3:11 pm

    I love the flavor of black sesame! (Especially in sweet desserts, and in goma-ae, which is also kind of sweet…) This post just convinced me to add an ice cream maker to my wish list.

  • Jennifer (Delicieux) July 12, 2012, 4:12 pm

    Love, love, love black sesame ice cream!!! I always order it whenever we go to our favourite Japanese restaurant. Now I can make my own, thanks to your delicious recipe. Thanks Nami :D

  • daphne July 12, 2012, 4:22 pm

    ooo I want this so bad!! I am always on the lookout for ice cream recipe. Yes, please share how to make the paste. Going to hop over to look at your cherry ice-cream now!

  • Anne@FromMySweetHeart July 12, 2012, 5:02 pm

    Oh wow Nami! This ice cream and your photography here is just stunning! Such unique and creative flavors. You certainly bring ice cream to a very sophisticated level! : )

  • A_Boleyn July 12, 2012, 5:26 pm

    So many intriguing ice cream flavours, so little tummy space left. :)

    It looks amazing, Nami.

  • Vishakha July 12, 2012, 5:38 pm

    I haven’t had sesame ice cream before. Very unusual and interesting!! Love the icecream shot.

  • Rhonda July 12, 2012, 6:13 pm

    This looks so mysterious and awesome. I have tried green tea ice cream, but I have never seen anything like this.

  • Mel July 12, 2012, 7:15 pm

    Hi Nami
    I loves food with black sesame seeds…it just brings out the aroma taste in it. I have never came across using black sesame seeds making ice cream. Hmmm this must be alot yummy. I like to eat dessert. I have just made Black Sesame Seeds Pudding too ((Kuro Goma Purin, 黒ごまプリン).

  • mjskit July 12, 2012, 7:46 pm

    Nami – you always have beautiful clicks but I think you out did yourself with these or maybe it’s the gorgeous ice cream! I don’t know, but I’m in love with the colors, the pictures and the ice cream recipe! I am gray and blue challenged, so I have to ask – is the ice cream really blue or is it dark gray? I have just move black sesame paste to the top of my must have list! I’ve got to make this!

    • Nami July 13, 2012, 1:04 am

      Hi MJ! The ice cream is dark (or is it light?) gray, but might look bluish because of the bowl. It’s pretty accurate to real color actually. :-)

  • Linda July 12, 2012, 7:57 pm

    Oh Nami! Your photos are beautiful! I love the sound of black sesame ice cream… it’s definitely on my to make list.

  • Nillawan July 12, 2012, 8:02 pm

    You are truly the best at your work Nami. I love it all. x

  • Sihi July 12, 2012, 8:56 pm

    This looks incredibly delicious, Nami! Thank you for sharing.


  • Ana-Maria July 13, 2012, 12:26 am

    Wow ! The way this ice cream looks! Totally surreal and gorgeous! You are a very talented photographer !

  • Liz July 13, 2012, 3:55 am

    Wow, this is one stunning ice cream, Nami! Beautiful AND delicious :)

  • Jenny July 13, 2012, 5:14 am

    Black sesame ice cream is pretty popular in Hong Kong, but I’ve never been bold enough to try it. Yours has inspired me to give it a go!

  • Ella-Home Cooking Adventure July 13, 2012, 5:29 am

    Wow, I am very curious of its taste. I’ve never tried something like this. It looks amazing.

  • Jen L | Tartine and Apron Strings July 13, 2012, 6:04 am

    Another wonderful flavour! I’ve not yet tried black sesame ice cream, but this sure looks wonderful! Another fantastic recipe from your collection.

  • Kanan July 13, 2012, 6:19 am

    ice cream looks so tempting

  • Sonia aka Nasi Lemak Lover July 13, 2012, 6:38 am

    I simply love this series of photo, I feel so calm when seeing this ice cream..this is my little son favourite ice cream.

  • Mi Vida en un Dulce July 13, 2012, 7:27 am

    I love the color of this ice cream, Can’t belive we can make one with black sesame, looks fantastic…!!!

  • Jenny July 13, 2012, 10:15 am

    wow, what an exotic ice cream. beautiful pic too! that really looks too divine. wish the weather would warm up over here – not ice cream weather yet at all!!

  • Andrea July 13, 2012, 11:40 am

    Absolutely gorgeous looking pictures of your amazing ice cream – I have never tasted black sesame ice cream in my life, I had never even heard of it (although I use black sesame seeds in my baking) but it just looks so delicious, just fantastic!

  • torviewtoronto July 13, 2012, 12:16 pm

    I haven’t had like this looks wonderfully delicious

  • Sylvia@Peaches and Donuts July 13, 2012, 1:56 pm

    I’ve tried this flavour in Singapore before and love it! I wonder if the Japan centre in London sells the black sesame paste. It would make quite a different looking chiffon cake!

  • donna mikasa July 13, 2012, 4:43 pm

    Oh, Nami! I would never have guessed kuro goma as the ingredient for your ice cream! It looks amazing! The color is gorgeous!

  • melissa@thehungryartist July 13, 2012, 5:30 pm

    This looks amazing!
    I’ve only seen this kind of ice cream at the China Town Ice Cream Factory in NYC. You’ve inspired me to make some. You’ve been making some really cool ice creams recently!!

  • Charles July 13, 2012, 5:46 pm

    Beautiful ice-cream and a wonderful colour too… I can’t imagine what the flavour must be like… I don’t have much black sesame. Is it basically the same as regular sesame?

  • DB-The Foodie Stuntman July 13, 2012, 6:40 pm

    Looks delicious!

  • Sissi July 14, 2012, 6:52 am

    Nami, it’s the most beautiful and mysterious dessert photo I have seen for a very long time. I could look at it non stop, as if hypnotised.
    Moreover, as a huge sesame fan, I’m sure I would love this ice-cream. Since I don’t have an ice-cream maker, I will maybe try another dessert with black sesame. Something tells me I would enjoy the black sesame in sweets too. I am really glad you have shared this recipe.

  • rebecca July 14, 2012, 1:17 pm

    wow love the color and congrats on being in the babble list

  • Shirley July 14, 2012, 5:24 pm

    I’ve never heard of this ice cream before! I love sesame and I’m intrigued. And I’m impressed that you can photograph even a grey ice cream so beautifully!

  • Baker Street July 15, 2012, 12:27 am

    Mmmm… Now what I’d give for a scoop or two of those insanely delicious looking ice cream!!

  • faithy July 15, 2012, 2:51 am

    This look soo good! Great for the hot weather here right now! I have to bookmark this recipe! Thanks for sharing! I love black sesame anything..and also love green tea anything.. LOL! :)

  • Sandra July 15, 2012, 9:20 am

    Love this post Nami! Thank you for opening my eyes to all the different tastes I’m missing.

  • kitchenriffs July 15, 2012, 11:40 am

    Nice recipe! I’ve never tasted black sesame in a dessert, although I know it’s used this way. Love the color of the ice cream. And the photographs are wonderful – such a great color on the bowl, goes so well with the ice cream. Off to check out your post on Spicy Foodie.

  • Emily @ Life on Food July 15, 2012, 4:14 pm

    I have tried Green Tea Ice Cream and Red Bean Ice Cream but never black sesame…in fact I haven’t seen that one before. The color is amazing!

  • Daisy@Nevertoosweet July 15, 2012, 5:57 pm

    I’m really enjoying these ice-cream posts :) Black sesame yummmmm I never use to like it much but as I grow older lol I’m starting to really enjoy the tastes of black sesame ~ Too bad it’s so hard to find good black sesame ice-cream here in Melbourne…I’m not even sure if I can find the black sesame paste here damnnn

  • Lori Lynn July 15, 2012, 7:47 pm

    Nami – – this is more than fabulous! And the greyish color is so intriguing. Brava on this one!!

  • Carolyn Jung July 15, 2012, 9:00 pm

    I adore black sesame ice cream! Even more, I LOVE the way you styled that photo. Beautiful with the bowl in such a complimentary color.

  • Raymund July 16, 2012, 12:41 am

    Very interesting ice cream, I guest most Japanese ice creams are. I havent tried something like this but I tried the green tea as well as the chocolate wasabi ice cream. I cant wait to buy my ice cream maker so I can make flavours like this

  • Jenny @ Ichigo Shortcake July 16, 2012, 3:15 am

    Black sesame ice cream!!! That is my all time favourite ice cream! Just had it at a restaurant 2 nights ago…didn’t know it was so easy to make. :D Fantastic recipe as usual! I wish we had national ice cream month here…maybe I’ll join in the fun anyway. :)

  • Martyna @ Wholesome Cook July 16, 2012, 4:06 am

    Stunning! Simply stunning – black sesame is one of my favourite flavours (not so fond of green tea ice cream). Bookmarking this one for summer.

  • Tataya Kudo July 17, 2012, 2:13 am

    I love black sesame but never have it this way. Your ice cream looks so delicious!

  • Terra July 17, 2012, 8:01 pm

    Wow, this is gorgeous! I have not had black sesame, and never thought to have it in sweet treats. Sounds gorgeous! Hugs, Terra

  • Magic of Spice July 18, 2012, 1:32 pm

    This will probably end up being my favorite ice cream flavor, ever! I love this and loved the guest post :)

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  • Reese@SeasonwithSpice July 19, 2012, 7:20 pm

    Nami – Do you do special Fedex delivery? Black sesame is one of my favorite flavors when comes to Japanese style ice cream! Oh gosh, they look so good! I just adore the way you captured the scoops.

  • Evelyne@CheapEthnicEatz July 21, 2012, 9:02 am

    Oh great another one to try. I actually made this one once a couple of years back after tasting this flavor in a Korean restaurant. So so good. Thanks for sharing.

  • Nic@diningwithastud July 24, 2012, 4:12 am

    Black sesame is my all time favourite ice cream. There’s always room for dessert when its on the menu ;) I can’t wait to see your black sesame paste recipe :)

  • Grubarazzi (@Grubarazzi) July 24, 2012, 10:58 am

    Oh my! This got my attention. How cool is this. I can’t wait to try it. I have a ton of black sesame at the house just waiting to be made in to ice cream.

  • Kim Bee July 26, 2012, 2:57 pm

    This is so cool. I must try this asap.

  • Chef and Steward July 30, 2012, 2:01 am

    This looks sensational! The styling is also fabulous Nami! How on earth did you get the ice cream to behave as well as it did?

  • Dara July 30, 2012, 5:49 pm

    I love this!!! So fantastic.

  • Charm July 30, 2012, 6:16 pm

    Thnks for the recipe. Hv bn wanting to make this for ages.

  • Lilium July 30, 2012, 8:08 pm

    I love black sesame ice cream! Thanks for the recipe!
    I’m going to pin it for later reference. Need t get some items before I can start making it. :)

  • CC August 9, 2012, 8:30 pm

    Black sesame is one of my favourite flavours! Just bookmarked this – definitely must try it. Sounds like there is a strong robust black sesame flavour =)

  • Linda Cooper September 2, 2012, 11:47 am

    I would like to say that your recipe for Black Sesame Ice Cream is out of this world! I made up the black sesame paste first and then, the ice cream – better than our local Japanese restaurant. I have printed off the red bean, the green tea and strawberry frozen yogurt. I plan to get some different kinds made for this weekend’s retreat. Thanks so much for such fabulous eats!

  • Skylor @sproutlifestyle September 8, 2012, 10:21 am

    First of all – this ice cream looks so delicious. Sesame is one of my favorite flavors to cook with – but I have never tried it in dessert. Looking forward to it! Secondly, AWESOME website. It’s so appealing!! Your pictures are beautiful, and the whole site is so easy to navigate.

  • Julie October 5, 2012, 8:26 pm

    Hi Nami,

    I tried this recipe and it is the best idiot-proof Black Sesame Ice Cream recipe I’ve come across with your step-by-step pictures.

    It taste so good, just like the stuff I buy at restaurants or Gelato cafes!

    Am looking forward to trying out some more of your recipes!

    • Nami October 6, 2012, 9:11 pm

      Hi Julie! I’m glad to hear my step-by-step pictures were helpful. :) I sometimes feel like giving up taking them because it’s time consuming, but thanks to readers’ feedback like yours, I haven’t given up. ;) Thank you so much for trying this recipe and I’m glad you enjoyed this ice cream! Thanks for following my blog!

  • Steve Taylor October 7, 2012, 9:47 am

    I tried black sesame ice cream for the first time at a Japanese restaurant in the UK a few months ago. I was stuffed, but figured a small bit of ice cream wouldn’t hurt… Turned out to be the most amazing ice cream I’d ever tasted.

    This recipe is exactly what I ate there. Really clear instructions – did the prep on Saturday morning, chilled overnight and froze it Sunday morning. 6pm and it’s nearly ready to eat. Superb recipe and incredibly tasty!

    Thank you so much for the recipe!!

    • Nami October 7, 2012, 9:58 pm

      Hi Steve! I’m glad that your first taste of black sesame ice cream lead you to make your own at home. So happy to hear about my step-by-step pictures being helpful. I hope you will give it a try my green tea ice cream too, as it’s one of my favorite recipe on my blog. :) Thank you for taking your time to giving me feedback!

  • MissC November 15, 2012, 2:14 am

    Thank you for this recipe. I made it and it tastes fantastic.
    Ps. I posted about this recipe on my blog, crediting you of course and linking back to your page. I hope you don’t mind. Thanks again!

    • Nami November 15, 2012, 11:20 am

      Thank you MissC! I shared your link on my FB fan page. :) I’m so glad you enjoyed this recipe!

  • Aya November 15, 2012, 3:13 pm

    I love your recipes, and they always turn out perfectly :)
    I loved your kurogoma ice cream, and I also made a variation with kinako as well.
    Thank you for the wonderful recipes!

    • Nami November 19, 2012, 12:37 am

      Hi Aya-san!  Thank you for trying this recipe and I’m glad it went well!  Kinako version sounds delicious too!  I’m happy to hear you enjoy my recipes. Thank you for taking time to write your feedback. :)

  • Dewi December 7, 2012, 11:19 am

    Ohhh Nami, thank you thank you thank you!!! Love this post! Love your blog!

    • Nami December 16, 2012, 1:37 am

      Thank you so much Dewi! :)

  • cheryl s. December 13, 2012, 4:45 pm

    This recipe looks delicious and I’d like to try it. I was wondering if the ice-cream maker you used was one of the cheaper Cuisinart type $50-60 models or one of those expensive $400 ice cream makers. Do you think that the difference in price makes a difference in the quality of the finished product.

  • Dina April 23, 2013, 9:23 am

    this sounds wonderful. would love to try it!

  • Amanda May 12, 2013, 5:08 pm

    I’ve made this ice cream twice. My mom requested this for desert for this Mother’s Day.
    Instead of eggs, I substituted with cornstarch because I just don’t feel comfortable with the uncooked eggs.

    Thank you for this great recipe. I have a feeling this is going to be a favorite when friends andfamily gathers a my place.

    • Nami May 12, 2013, 11:38 pm

      Hi Amanda! Thank you so much for writing your feedback. I’m so happy to hear that you enjoyed this recipe and I’m glad to find out that it works without eggs. Thank you for trying this recipe! :)

      • Amanda May 13, 2013, 8:21 pm

        Oh, I forgot to mention that I used your homemade black sesame paste instead of the store brought one. Homemade taste so much better than the store brought.

        • Nami May 15, 2013, 11:49 pm

          Thanks Amanda! It’s always nice to know we can make it from scratch rather than store bought which sometimes has preservatives and other unnecessary things. :) Thank you once again! xo

    • Christine May 17, 2013, 4:35 am

      Sorry to butt in, but how much cornstarch did you use? I’m not so sure about making it with eggs just yet.. Thank you!

      I adore your blog, Nami :) Inspires me to cook!

      • Amanda May 17, 2013, 6:09 am

        I used 4 Tablespoon of cornstarch. Add it to the milk and heat, stirring until the mixture thickens.

        I agree. Nami inspires me to create in the kitchen. :-)

        • Nami May 17, 2013, 8:24 am

          Thanks so much for answering! And thank you for the kind words! xo

      • Nami May 17, 2013, 8:23 am

        Thanks Christine! I love that readers can talk to each other. :)

  • Lorely @ Butter Love Affair March 22, 2014, 8:46 am

    I just made this tonight and we already ate half of it even if it wasnt that hard yet (just 1 hr in the freezer) because we couldnt wait :))) it smelled and tasted so good! I am making this again in the summer :-)

    • Nami March 24, 2014, 8:26 pm

      Hi Lorely! Haha, I know, waiting is hard, especially when you make it at home! I’m happy to hear you enjoyed this recipe, and thank you very much for writing your feedback!

  • Eva April 28, 2014, 8:23 am

    wow nice photos

  • YJ May 29, 2014, 11:12 pm

    Hi Nami,
    Could I just clarify what you mean by “200 ml (Take away 2 Tbsp. of 1 cup) heavy cream”? Do I use all 200 ml of the heavy cream or would I need to remove some of the cream?


    • Nami May 29, 2014, 11:22 pm

      Hi YJ! It is 200ml. For those of you who need a cup measurement, I wrote “Take away 2 Tbsp. from 1 cup (which is about 200 ml)”. Sorry it was a bit confusing. :D

      • YJ May 31, 2014, 11:31 pm

        Thanks, Nami!

        I made the ice cream last night and tasted it this morning as I couldn’t wait for it to harden in the freezer! The ice cream tastes good though it’s a bit too sweet for my liking. Also, I used corn starch instead of eggs as I didn’t have a thermometer…and I learnt that I need to add in the corn starch when the milk is still cold, so that I wouldn’t get lumps in the mixture!

        • Nami June 2, 2014, 12:54 am

          Sifting may help too! Hope you can adjust the sweetness next time to get perfect flavor for your taste. Thank you so much for writing feedback. :)

  • Chris June 26, 2014, 1:05 pm

    Hi, I can’t wait to try this recipe! Thank you for posting it. I’m just wondering whether it would be possible to use thick yoghurt instead of the heavy cream ?
    Thank you.

    • Nami June 27, 2014, 8:59 am

      Hi Chris! I’ve never tried making this with yogurt, but I’m afraid it may not work… If you ever tried it with yogurt and went well, please share it with us! :)

  • KV July 31, 2014, 4:11 pm

    I can’t wait to try this. Every now and then I get a craving for Black Sesame Ice cream and never thought to make it…I just put peanut butter in vanilla ice cream and tried to get at the richness that way. Thank you for posting this. My kids and I will try it!

    • Nami August 1, 2014, 1:39 am

      Hi KV! Hope you and your kids will enjoy this ice cream! :)

  • Blainie August 30, 2014, 11:34 pm

    I’m making this now. Hope it turns out! I love black sesame flavoured anything!

    • Nami August 31, 2014, 10:47 pm

      Hope you enjoy(ed) this recipe Blainie! :)

  • Can December 22, 2014, 2:32 pm

    Hey Nami, best ice cream ever!
    Lovely way of preparing such an unique taste. We changed some ingredients according to our own interest; like oat milk instead of cow milk and no extra honey for the mixture..
    Our far away favorite recipe, very good result in the ice-cream machine.

    Thank you and greetings from Belgium

    • Nami December 22, 2014, 3:14 pm

      Hi Can! I’m happy to hear you enjoyed this recipe with ingredients that you like. Awesome! Thanks so much for your kind feedback! Merry Christmas to you and your family! :)