Here’s a quick guide to sesame seeds and how to make the most of them, from sweets to savories, with recipes and tips — plus tahini and sesame butter.
These tiny seeds, relished in Middle Eastern, Chinese, Japanese, and African cuisines, among others, are worth more than their weigh in usefulness in the kitchen and nutritional value.
The flavor of sesame seeds is mildly nutty, intensifying when ground into a paste (tahini) or into a seed butter. Sesame seeds are also expressed into oil. Light sesame oil isn’t as commonly available as dark (or toasted) sesame oil. The latter is used in Asian cuisines and imparts a delectable flavor and depth.