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Japanese Sesame Dressing (ごまドレッシング)

  • Author: Yuto Omura
  • Total Time: 8 minutes
  • Yield: for 1 salad


How to make creamy, nutty and delicious Japanese style "goma" sesame dressing. Perfect for any salad, noodles or as a dipping sauce. 



  1. Start with a medium size frying pan and add the sesame seeds.
    Adding white sesame seeds to a pan
  2. Turn the heat on to medium high and toast the seeds in the dry pan for a few minutes until fragrant. Make sure to shake the pan off the heat and move constantly to prevent burning.
    Shaking sesame seeds to prevent burning
  3. Take the sesame seeds off the heat and leave to cool for a few minutes.
  4. Add the sesame seeds to a mortar and pestle and grind until you have a fine powder. (You can also use a food processor or coffee grinder if you're making a larger batch.)
    Toasted sesame seeds ground with a Japanese mortar and pestle
  5. Once fine, pour the ground sesame into a container and add 2 tbsp Japanese mayonnaise, 1 tsp rice vinegar, 1 1/2 tsp sugar, 1 tsp soy sauce and 1 tsp of sesame oil.
    Adding sesame dressing ingredients to a small glass bowl
  6. Mix well and enjoy on your favourite salad!
    Mixing Japanese sesame "goma" dressing


Keep in an airtight container in the fridge for 1-2 weeks.

This recipe is enough for 1 salad.

  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 3 minutes
  • Category: Sauces
  • Method: Toasting / Mixing
  • Cuisine: Japanese

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