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Mar 8, 2007 06:20 PM

Can I substitute tahini for Japanese sesame paste (neri-goma)?

I just came across a recipe for "Horenso No Goma Miso Ae" (Spinach with sesame miso sauce). It calls for Japanese sesame paste. I have tahini sitting in the fridge. Can I use tahini instead of the Japanese kind?

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  1. Sure! It won't taste exactly the same, because sesame is usually toasted in Japanese cooking. You could compensate for that by stirring a little toasted sesame oil into the tahini though, I think.

    1. I'd try briefly toasting/cooking down a tablespoon or so of tahini, to make it a little dryer and give it more of a toasty flavor... (Still not quite the same thing, but closer)

      1. Tahini won't taste the same but you can make the Japanese kind pretty easily by just toasting the sees in a pan and using a mortar and pestle, suribachi or grinder to make it into a paste which is how it is commonly done in Japan.