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Toasted Sesame Seed Dressing

Toasted Sesame Dressing

Toasted Sesame Dressing

Our dinner table has acquired a much anticipated Japanese aesthetic.

The new Japanese cookbooks in my library and the stock of Japanese groceries in my pantry have led to a cooking exploration that’s gained momentum with each delicious dish. While we’ve enjoyed the soups, chicken, fish and noodle dishes I’ve served, it’s the simple vegetable accompaniments and their interesting dressings that have been the show stoppers.

Ground roasted sesame seeds seasoned with mirin, tamari and a touch of garlic make simple steamed greens a meal in themselves. I’ve dressed warm broccoli, green beans and wilted spinach with this toasty tasty topping and we’ve loved each and every one. I think this sesame dressing would also beautifully complement carrots, roasted eggplants, even roast pumpkin. I can even visualize it as a dressing on a summer chicken salad, with crisp raw snow peas, and maybe a squeeze of lime juice.

If you love the flavour of toasted sesame seeds, you’ll enjoy this recipe.

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Toasted Sesame Dressing for green vegetables
(Adapted from the Japanese Kitchen by Kamiko Barber)

500g of steamed green vegetables
6 tablespoons sesame seeds
1 teaspoon garlic infused olive oil
2 tablespoons mirin
3 tablespoons tamari
cold water

Toast the sesame seeds in a dry pan until golden.
Grind the seeds to a rough paste in a mortar or processor then add the remaining ingredients.
Stir in a little cold water to make the dressing dolloping consistency.
Spoon the dressing generously over steamed green vegetables.
This amount will dress approximately 500g of veg.
Store any unused dressing in the fridge.

About ladyredspecs

I live in sunny Brisbane, Australia. My love of good food drives me as a cook, a reader, a traveller, an artist and but mostly as an eater. I cooked professionally for many years but have no formal training. Simply guided by a love of eating good food, respect for ingredients and an abhorrence of artificial additives, I cook instinctively applying the technical know how acquired by experience. I hope you enjoy what I share Sandra AKA ladyredspecs

28 comments on “Toasted Sesame Seed Dressing

  1. ChgoJohn
    October 14, 2014

    This really does sound good and what a great way to use it: over green beans. Looks yummy. Love, too, your mortar and pestle. Mine is far too small and I’ve been looking at some very much like the one you’ve pictured.

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  2. eatingaftercollege
    October 14, 2014

    This looks so delicious and versatile!

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  3. tinywhitecottage
    October 12, 2014

    I am really glad to see this. I am a huge on putting out dressings, dips, toppings and garnishes. This is unlike any I have made before. And to hear you have had it every week for the past six weeks it must be really delicious. We love Japanese cuisine and it is on our bucket list too, one day…. πŸ™‚

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  4. dedy oktavianus pardede
    October 12, 2014

    Sounds delicious and tasty dressing!!!
    i just roast a cauliflower and i really hope i had your sesame dressing….

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    • ladyredspecs
      October 12, 2014

      This sesame dressing would be delicious on roasted cauliflower, next time maybe…

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  5. Francesca
    October 10, 2014

    Very tasty. I make a similar dressing, especially for beans, the same idea but different, to coin a phrase. I became addicted to this dressing in Japan, where it is sold in large bottles. The home made one is much tastier.

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    • ladyredspecs
      October 10, 2014

      Sadly I’ve never travelled to Japan, hopefully one day I’ll get to experience the real food, in situ

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      • Francesca
        October 10, 2014

        It is not to be missed. Sensory overload, polite people, stunning natural beauty and then there is the food….

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  6. Eha
    October 10, 2014

    You have given me two wonderful new recipes in the one week – thanks!! Love sesame seeds but have never made a dressing like this: am about to do so for lunch to on top of some steamed beans on the agenda anyways πŸ™‚ ! Business took me to Japan over 30 times in bygone years . . . absolutely love the country tho’ my palate mostly hankers after other Asian foods πŸ™‚ ! The Kyoto-style classic food methinks you would enjoy as well as the absolutely beautiful way of plating . . .

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    • ladyredspecs
      October 10, 2014

      This foray into preparing Japanese food is new for me. I love all Asian cuisines, but I’m discovering the quality difference between homemade and Aussie Japanese restaurants. Hopefully one day i’ll get to experience the real thing, in Japan

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  7. Stacey Bender
    October 10, 2014

    Thanks, I will give that a try.

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  8. Stacey Bender
    October 10, 2014

    Great idea! Where did you get your mortar & pestle? I have one that I got at William Sonoma (looks like yours, sort of, but fought). When I use it, the grit of the rock gets in my food. This only began happening after a year of use. Do you have a similar problem? I miss using it but each time I try again, it does the same thing.

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    • ladyredspecs
      October 10, 2014

      I bought my mortar in Costco of all places, it was a cheapie. It came with instructions to grind coarse salt in it, batch after batch until the salt stayed white after grinding. That might help clean the loose grit off the surface Stacey, I’d give it a go….

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  9. chef mimi
    October 10, 2014

    Simple and delicious! My mother went through a long Chinese phase and our whole house always smelled like dried fish parts!

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    • ladyredspecs
      October 10, 2014

      Thanks Mimi. Your Mum sounds like she was quite an adventurous cook. My Mum hated cooking and what she did prepare was very plain. My Dad on the other hand opened my eyes to the wider world….

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  10. Kitchen-Counter-Culture
    October 9, 2014

    I must say, as a reader I feel excited to be a witness and benefitter of your Japanese cookings…. (sorry, terrible sentence but you know what I mean πŸ™‚ )

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  11. marymtf
    October 9, 2014

    Like sesame seeds, love your simple recipe.

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    • ladyredspecs
      October 10, 2014

      Thanks Mary. I first tried this about 6 weeks ago and we’ve had it every week since. It’s so quick and super delicious!

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  12. Selma's Table
    October 9, 2014

    Brilliant – son loves anything Japanese but really struggles with beans (too squeaky no matter how long I cook them for) – this may take the focus off the squeak and on the taste – it sounds delicious!!

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    • ladyredspecs
      October 9, 2014

      Oh it is delicious Selma, and so easy. I hope you can persuade your son to enjoy beans covered in toasted sesame dressing.

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  13. cheergerm
    October 9, 2014

    Just got a big bag of green beans from the growers market so looks like they may be earmarked for this treatment over the weekend. Big fan of Japanese food, well, all food really. Ha.

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    • ladyredspecs
      October 9, 2014

      it’s a fine line for me too, eat to live or live to eat! Enjoy the sesame dressing on your fresh beans…

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  14. My Kitchen Witch
    October 9, 2014

    Wow! Just in time for this evening’s supper. Have been wracking my brains on how to serve green beens (which I love) to (at best) indifferent or (at worst) picky, critical eaters. They love anything sesame, so this might do the trick. Plus, all the ingredients are sitting right there in my pantry!

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    • ladyredspecs
      October 9, 2014

      I love green beans too. Hope you can win your fellow diners over with the sesame dressing….

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  15. thehungrymum
    October 9, 2014

    Have just returned from Japan – I’m in love! Their food is my very fav. Love the idea of this dressing.

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    • ladyredspecs
      October 9, 2014

      The sesame dressing is delicious. Japan is on my travel bucket list, one day…..

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