To all the Japanese food enthusiasts, we’ll let you in on a secret. One of the best-kept secrets to authentic tasting Japanese food lies in one ingredient: sesame oil. Japan is one of the world’s largest consumers of sesame with nearly 160,000 tons imported every year from Latin America. For an added touch of Asian flavors in your salads and stir-fries, a dash of sesame oil can do wonders!
Sesame oil is one of the earliest known crop-based oils and has a distinct nutty and smoky flavor to it. Due to its high smoke point, sesame oil is usually added as part of marinades, salad dressings, or as dipping sauces rather than as a cooking oil.