Toasted Sesame Seeds

A one-ingredient recipe? It doesn't get easier than that!

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Editor's Note: When it comes to making your own Toasted Sesame Seeds, this recipe couldn't get any easier! This recipe only has one ingredient and won't take long to make, either. After you're finished the toasting portion of the recipe and the seeds are completely cooled, you can store them for future use, too. The seeds can be used in a multitude of sauces and other dishes, including this recipe for Seasoned Soy Sauce. The next time you feel like whipping up a side dish or main entree, you'll be glad this recipe is on hand and ready to use!

Sesame seeds are one of the major staples of Korean cooking. Although you can buy seeds already toasted, the flavor is much better when you toast the seeds yourself. It’s easy to do, and toasting them brings out the wonderful nutty flavor. They will keep for months in an airtight container in the fridge, but keep even longer in the freezer.  

Makes1 cup



Make Ahead RecipeYes

Kid FriendlyYes

One Pot MealYes

Five Ingredients or LessYes

Taste and TextureCrunchy, Nutty


  • 1 cup sesame seeds


  1. Place the seeds in a heavy skillet over a very low flame. With a wooden spoon or spatula, stir the sesame seeds until they turn a dark golden brown. Take care since the seeds will occasionally pop in the pan during toasting.

  2. Remove from heat and allow the seeds to cool to room temperature. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator or freezer.


You may wish to crush the seeds before storing for use in certain recipes. Use a mortar and pestle, a blender, or a food processor to crush the seeds. Sesame seeds stored in the refrigerator or freezer will have a longer shelf life.


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