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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 flavour. 


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 main Korea Cooking by County page and throughout the site.

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