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Posted by on Nov 20, 2010 in Korean Food, Recipes | 15 comments

Recipe: Korean sesame salt

Recipe: Korean sesame salt

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Sesame salt can either be provided in a communal dish or in individual dishes. (Photo by Tammy Quackenbush)

It seems silly to call this a recipe because a simple way of marrying salt and sesame seeds in a way that make them better together than they are by themselves.

Sesame salt is a typical Korean way to “cut” the salt usage while maximizing flavor in vegetables, braised and grilled meats.

Here are the ingredients:

  • 3 tablespoons sesame seeds
  • 1 teaspoon to 1 tablespoon coarse Korean sea salt

If the sesame seeds aren’t already toasted, it’s easy to do yourself in a cast iron skillet or wok. Just gradually stir and heat the sesame seeds over low heat until they start to turn golden brown and aromatic.

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You can use a spice grinder to blend the sesame salt. I’d advise you not to use your coffee grinder for this task. (Photo by Tammy Quackenbush)

While the seeds are still warm, put them into a grinder or mortar.  Stir in the sea salt of your choice and start grinding.

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This is simply a serving suggestion. Place a tablespoon of sesame salt in a small dish for each guest to increase the flavor profile of their own meal. (Photo by Jeff Quackenbush)

I usually will do this as fresh as possible right before serving my main course, whether it’s a plate of Korean BBQ or Braised Short Ribs. If you aren’t making it for immediate use, store the sesame salt in a tightly covered jar.

Here’s a beautiful slideshow of a salt farm on Korea’s southwest coast.  

Sea Salt
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15 Comments

  1. I could see myself using this to marinade something…!

  2. oooo I had no idea about this! Thanks for sharing, i hope to use it one day ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. I haven't seen this before, and now I'm kicking myself for not thinking about it myself! Thank you for sharing this, it's a great 'sprinkle' ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. I should try making this sesame salt myself as I know it will make my dishes smell and taste absolutely wonderful! Thank you for showing us how to do this.

  5. Very simple but delicious. I bet the sesame adds a bit of taste too.

  6. this sounds absolutely delicious for chinese cooking as well! would definitely make a wonderful sprinkle over a lot of things. hmmm.. i can imagine a nice saba fish marinated with this sesame sea salt.. i like.

  7. Yum, it sounds delicious. I like making a North Chinese stir fry of eggs and tomatoes, and this Korean condiment sounds like a perfect addition to the dish.

  8. What a clever idea! I love sesame anyway so I can't wait to try this!

  9. Really a cool idea, very versatile! I can see myself sprinkling this sesame salt on a lot of dishes!

  10. The mixture is commonly used in Sorae, Incheon (a large fresh seafood &#39;attration&#39;) when cooking large, fresh (live) prawn in a skillet. <br /><br />The skillet is coated with what looks like 1/8th to 1/4th of an inch of sea salt/ seasame; 500 grams of live prawn are put in the skillet and they are cooked over coals for about three minutes…<br /><br />delicious.

  11. simple but effective. I need to make some. wonder if I can use nigella seeds?

  12. Korean sesame salt is a great way to make a dish authentic Korean. I add a little sugar in mine to make it kind of sweet and salty.

  13. I have tasted Korean food. If I remember it right, it&#39;s called &quot;bulgogi&quot;. It tasted really great. I would love to go back to Korean restaurants and order some of their best sellers.

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