Information about Sesame Oil
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Although of African origin, sesame oil has
been a firm favourite in some Asian cuisines for centuries and has now gained
favour with western cooks for many reasons, least of which is its unique nutty
All that is needed to produce unrefined oil is
to cold press the seeds and filter the resulting oil. The oil is light and has a
mild flavour. However, if the seeds are roasted before crushing it
produces a darker very fragrant oil with a much more intense flavour. This oil
is most often used as a flavouring ingredient rather than a cooking oil which
goes a long way as only small quantities are necessary to liven up dishes.
Alternatively, Sesame oil can be refined using heat extraction methods. Although
refined oils have much less flavour and aroma, they do have the advantage of a
higher smoke point which is ideal for stir frying. The more subtle flavour also
makes it perfect for salad dressings and as a condiment.
You can find recipes using Sesame Oil on the
Korea Cooking by County page and throughout the site.