Fonio with Black Sesame Seeds

Fonio is boiled with toasted black sesame seeds for a side dish or a gluten-free substitute for couscous. I was given this recipe by a Senegalese grocer after I complained about not liking the millet version of couscous and the high cost of quinoa. This tiny African grain is bursting with nutrition and health benefits and is so easy to cook. There are many ways to prepare fonio, but this is the recipe I prefer for ease and taste.

Prep Time:
5 mins
Cook Time:
18 mins
Total Time:
23 mins
2 servings


  • ¼ teaspoon vegetable oil

  • 2 tablespoons black sesame seeds

  • 1 ½ cups water

  • ½ cup fonio

  • teaspoon salt


  1. Heat oil in a small skillet. Add sesame seeds; toast until fragrant, about 6 minutes.

  2. Bring water to a boil in a saucepan. Stir in toasted sesame seeds, fonio, and salt. Bring water back to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, covered, until water has been absorbed, about 5 minutes. Fluff fonio with a fork.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

268 Calories
6g Fat
50g Carbs
5g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 2
Calories 268
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 6g 7%
Saturated Fat 1g 4%
Sodium 154mg 7%
Total Carbohydrate 50g 18%
Dietary Fiber 2g 6%
Protein 5g
Calcium 98mg 8%
Iron 1mg 7%
Potassium 44mg 1%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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