Sesame oil is pressed sesame seeds. It has a slightly nutty flavor and is used in Asian cuisine.
Sesame Oil (胡麻油・ごま油) is made from sesame seeds that are roasted and crushed to produce its rich aroma. The amber to dark-brown color is due to the roasting process. The Japanese use it in cooking and finishing, such as dressings.
You may also find a pale straw-colored sesame oil (Taihaku goma abura 太白胡麻油). It consists of raw sesame seeds and has a more neutral flavor. Because of its neutral taste and high smoke point, use it as a substitute for canola, rapeseed oil, or cooking such as salad dressings or baked goods. Other names include “expeller-pressed sesame oil” and “raw sesame oil.”
Where To Buy
You can purchase it on Amazon or in Japanese/Asian grocery stores and supermarkets in plastic bottles or glass. You may be able to find a variety imported from various countries in Asia. Ensure the ingredient list notes that it contains 100% pure sesame oil and isn’t a blend.
How To Store
Store bottles in your pantry with other oils.