Sesame sauce

Preparation info

  • Difficulty


  • Feeds


    as a dipping sauce

Appears in

Old Food

Old Food

By Jill Dupleix

Published 1998

  • About

Medical evidence refutes it, but I insist that this classic Japanese accompaniment of ground sesame seeds is addictive, especially served with lightly cooked spinach.


  • 3 tbsp white sesame seeds
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • 1 tbsp dark soy sauce
  • 3 tbsp dashi broth


Heat sesame seeds in a dry non-stick fry pan or wok until they smell toasty, being careful not to burn. Set aside one good pinch of seeds, and grind the rest to a paste in a mortar with pestle. Add sugar and mix well. Add soy sauce and dashi and mix well. Serve in small bowls. Sprinkle with remaining pinch of sesame seeds.