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Gomasio (Sesame Salt)

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"Gomasio is a Japanese condiment used for vegetables or rice. It adds flavor but also vital nutrients. I love it on onigiri. Use immediately or store in an airtight container in the refrigerator up to 1 month."
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15 m servings 17
Original recipe yields 48 servings (1 cup)


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  1. Place a cast iron or heavy-bottomed stainless steel pan over medium heat. Add salt. Stir until heated through, about 1 minute. Pour salt into a mortar. Add sesame seeds to the pan. Stir constantly with a wooden spoon or spatula until seeds are fragrant and starting to crack. Test if the seeds are ready using the back of a stainless steel spoon; they will be dry, not wet.
  2. Pour the toasted seeds into the mortar. Allow to cool slightly. Place the mortar at hip level, preferably while seated. Grind with a pestle until the seeds have opened and the salt pulverizes; the finished mixture should resemble rough sand.


  • Cook's Note:
  • Avoid using a nonstick pan to toast the salt and sesame seeds.

Nutrition Facts

Per Serving: 17 calories; 1.5 0.7 0.5 0 103 Full nutrition

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