You’ve definitely tried it if you’ve ever been to a Japanese restaurant. Remember such a light, thick, sweet sauce with a characteristic nutty aroma and taste? Most often it is added to a salad with chuka, less often it is added to rolls, sushi and some meat dishes.
If you make sesame sauce at home, you will surely continue this list with your own combinations. And be surprised how versatile this Japanese specialty can be and how easily it replaces the usual mayonnaise.
Composition of sesame sauce: basic and flavor variations
There is no single average recipe for sesame sauce. Some put garlic and lemon in it, some add miso paste, some add peanuts. There are variations with different types of pepper.
One thing is unchanged – the sesame base, it is also tahini paste. As a rule, it is obtained from lightly roasted sesame seeds, although options are also possible with raw grains. Manufacturers add to this pasta the ingredients they consider to be the most successful in the final flavor composition.
Here is what you can find most often in the composition of sesame sauces sold in Russia today:
- white sesame,
- lemon juice,
- vegetable oil,
- egg yolk,
In addition, sesame sauce often contains permitted additives to preserve and improve its taste: monosodium glutamate, stabilizers, acidity regulators and preservatives.
Benefits of sesame sauce
The main ingredient of the sauce is sesame seed paste, which means that by adding it to your diet, you can safely count on its beneficial properties. Consider that sesame:
- an additional source of calcium, potassium, phosphorus and manganese,
- generous supplier of B vitamins.
Sesame also contains many antioxidants, and above all – sesamin. This unique component reduces the risk of cancer, is good for the heart, kidneys and liver, and has anti-inflammatory properties. In addition, some studies have shown that sesamin can improve the health of the brain and strengthen the nervous system.
What is the best way to use sesame sauce
We suggest taking an example from the Japanese, who believe that sesame sauce is appropriate almost everywhere. Even they often call it walnut. But officially it is known as “goma-ae” (“goma” – sesame, “ae” – sauce). And any side dish cooked with it will also be “goma-ae”. Japanese housewives especially like to pour boiled asparagus, green beans or spinach with sesame sauce.
If you’ve never cooked with sesame sauce before, try this:
- as a dressing for salads, in which you usually add mayonnaise and sour cream, such as salads and snacks of fresh vegetables or seaweed,
- as a sauce for stewed or baked vegetables, fish dishes, for dipping vegetables or cheese;
- as a topping for rice, beans, funchose, noodles, sushi, rolls and spring rolls;
- as a sauce for meatballs and cutlets.
To any ordinary dish, sesame sauce will add completely new flavors, instantly creating the feeling that you are in an Asian restaurant.
How to choose sesame sauce?
When buying sesame sauce, there are a few things to look out for that may be important to you:
- how thin or thick the sauce is (both options are good, here you just have to rely on your preferences);
- the ratio between the volume of the bottle and its price;
- how wide is the neck/hole in the cork (whether the sauce flows easily from the bottle);
- composition (everyone has different requirements here too, you can always look for one that looks better);
- production date and expiration date.
In Japan, sesame sauce is sold in every store, but in Russia this product is still gaining popularity, so we recommend buying it from trusted suppliers.