Japanese Black Sesame Dressing

This Japanese black sesame dressing is very dramatic! The flavor is distinctive and rich. Think about how few black foods we Westerners eat. Licorice. Raisins. Coffee. Burnt toast. This dressing could become a regular part of many menus.

Black Sesame Dressing

yields 1/2 cup for 4 generous servings
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  • 5 Tablespoons black sesame seeds, toasted
  • 1 Tablespoon sugar
  • 2 to 3 Tablespoons dashi
  • 1/2 teaspoon tamari
  • 8 ounces vegetable, use any seasonal vegetable you like such as
    asparagus, broccoli, eggplant, green beans, kale, mustard greens, spinach, and so on
  • Garnish: Yuzu, lemon, or lime rind, julienned

Grind the black sesame seeds in a suribachi (Japanese mortar) to an oily paste. Add the sugar and blend thoroughly. Add the dashi, 1 Tablespoon at a time. Blend in the tamari. This can be stored for a couple of days, tightly covered in the fridge.
Blanch the vegetable briefly, and cool in cold running water. Cut the vegetables into chopstick suitable size. Toss with dressing just before serving.

Note, you can use a food processor, but I can never get the seeds ground to a smooth paste. On the other hand, it is less work.

I served this vegetable dish with soba and miso marinated pork.

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2 thoughts on “Japanese Black Sesame Dressing

    • Hi Linda Sutton,

      Sorry that I can’t tell you exactly where to buy this dressing. I don’t know where you live!

      In general, try looking in Asian grocery stores even if they are not specializing in Japanese food. In my town, lots of the Chinese or Korean stores, or pan-Asian stores, stock some Japanese foods. If you cannot buy the dressing ready-made, those grocers are likely to carry black sesame seeds. Using a food processor is easy and the dressing comes out fine. Or use a mortar and pestle to grind it.

      Hope this helps?


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