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Sesame oil / sesame paste

blue room Feb 17, 2011 07:06 AM

I'd like to make this sauce : (from a poster here, Hank Hanover)

¼ cup chicken broth
¼ cup soy sauce
2 tsps rice wine vinegar
2 tsps sesame oil
1 tsp rd pepper flakes
1 tsp sugar

my question--can I somehow use tahini (sesame paste) in place of the sesame oil?

It will be used with leftover chicken, plain rice, vegetables--simple dinner.
It'll work, yes?

  1. c oliver Mar 26, 2011 08:21 AM

    I just cooked with sesame paste for the first time last night. According to what I found, sesame paste and tahini, while related, are not the same thing. Here's an explanation:


    1. Hank Hanover Feb 17, 2011 01:49 PM

      I don't usually use tahini. although you certainly could. There are two styles of sesame oil besides tahini. One is light colored and the other is dark. I use the dark which has a lot stronger flavor than the light. I'm not sure but I suspect tahini is even stronger.

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      1. re: Hank Hanover
        blue room Feb 17, 2011 04:11 PM

        Thank you, Hank --
        this came out just fine. Of course next time I'll have a little bottle of toasted sesame oil ready.

      2. jen kalb Feb 17, 2011 09:46 AM

        I agree with the nos. you want a roasted sesame flavor. the tahina and the sesame oil on top is much too bland. If you dont want to buy the roasted sesame oil (from an asian store, pref a japanese, korean or taiwanese product IMO) then you can get the same flavor by roasting, browning some sesame seeds in a skillet on the stove. You can add peanut or a neutral oil if t you think further oiliness is needed in the sauce.

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        1. re: jen kalb
          blue room Feb 17, 2011 10:09 AM

          Exactly what I decided on--I subbed tahini for the sesame oil, and will sprinkle the dish with pan-toasted seeds. The tahini is blander than the oil (which I know and use, just ran out of it), but I can definitely taste it in there.

        2. c
          Cathy Feb 17, 2011 08:36 AM

          If it was a recipe for a sauce calling for peanut oil, would you try to substitute peanut butter? Do you think that would work?

          Same difference.

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          1. re: Cathy
            blue room Feb 17, 2011 09:03 AM

            Well no, but peanut oil is for cooking/frying. Sesame oil is very strongly flavored, not used for cooking, used more like catsup or mustard as part of a sauce.

            1. re: blue room
              jboeke Feb 17, 2011 09:34 AM

              Toasted sesame oil is strong and nutty, but you can buy sesame oil that is clear and virtually tasteless and used similarly to peanut oil. I would guess they mean the darker oil in this recipe though to boost the flavor.

              1. re: jboeke
                blue room Feb 17, 2011 10:05 AM

                Yes, this is just 2 teaspoons in a sauce.

          2. C. Hamster Feb 17, 2011 08:29 AM


            The sesame oil called for in your sauce tastes entirely different than the oil that's in tahini. It uses roasted seeds.

            You can probably buy it in your regular supermarket in the asian foods section.

            1. JungMann Feb 17, 2011 08:18 AM

              If you only have tahini, you could use the oil that separates from the paste or you could change the proportions of broth and tahini to make a cold sesame sauce to drape over noodles with chicken.

              1. Eric in NJ Feb 17, 2011 07:25 AM

                Tahini and Sesame oil are very different but it may work. Sesame oil has a wonderful nutty taste and aroma Tahini is more like peanut butter.

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                1. re: Eric in NJ
                  monku Feb 17, 2011 07:30 AM

                  How about that "oil" that sometimes settles to the top of the tahini?

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