How to Toast Sesame Seeds

Sesame seeds are one of the most popular ingredients in Chinese cooking. Black sesame seeds are usually used for desserts, soups or fillings while on the other hand white sesame seeds are usually used for making white sesame paste, coating desserts or deep fried foods, garnish for stir-fried dishes or cold noodle dishes.

Sesame seeds might be tiny but they contain so many health benefits that show why they are so popular.

  1. Sesame seeds contained very high levels or quality protein.
  2. Eating sesame seeds and oil can prevent diabetes because sesame seeds contain magnesium and other nutrients. It can also help our body to generate plasma glucose in hypersensitive diabetics.
  3. Eating sesame seeds can lower your blood pressure because sesame seeds are high in magnesium and magnesium is well known to help to lower the blood pressure.
  4. Lower bad cholesterol because it’s high in phytosterols. Black sesame especially contains much higher levels of phytosterols than white sesame seeds.
  5. Sesame seeds contain high levels of zinc which are very good for your skin.
  6. Sesame seeds are not only good for your skin they are also good for your hair. 
  7. They contain high levels of zinc so consuming sesame seeds regularly can improve your bone health.
  8. Sesame seeds are also high in the fiber so consuming sesame seeds in your diet is a good way to boost your digestive health and can also help to relieve constipation.
  1. Sesame seeds contain magnesium so regular consumption in your diet can help your respiratory health and prevent asthma.

These are just some of the health benefits of sesame seeds. You can read more about the health benefits of sesame seeds either online or in a book but just remember there is no such thing as a “perfect food”.

If you have any health problems or issues please consult with a medical professional. The information here is suggestive.

Toasted sesame seeds have a nutty flavor which is perfect for stir-fries and cold noodle dishes. Here are some easy instructions on how to toast sesame seeds.

* You can store the toasted sesame seed in a dry, clean and airtight jar once it’s cool down. Keep the jar in the room temperature place.

Oven toast

  1. Take a roasting tray and line parchment paper on the tray. Pour a thin layer of the sesame seeds on the tray.
  2. Pre-heat oven to 180c and put the sesame seeds in the oven.
  3. Check them every five minutes and turn them at the same time so they will toast evenly.
  4. Take out of the oven once the sesame seeds start getting some light golden brown colour.

Stovetop toast:

  1. Heat up a dry and clean frying pan (you can also use a wok).
  2. Add sesame seeds and keep moving or stirring with a wooden spoon or a heat proof spatula.
  3. Once the sesame seeds start getting light golden brown in color, remove from the stove immediately and leave to cool down before you put them away.

Edited by Liv Wan