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How to Toast Sesame Seeds

You can easily toast sesame seeds in the oven and on the stove for a nutty flavor and a crunchy texture.
Prep Time1 min
Cook Time7 mins
Course: Dessert, Savory
Servings: 1 cup (150 grams)
Author: Meymi

Ingredients

  • 150 grams(1 cup) sesame seeds

Instructions

Stove Method

  • Place the sesame seeds in a large pan. Put the pan over medium-low heat.   Stir in 20-30 second intervals to avoid burning.
  • As they give off their aroma in almost 2 minutes and change color, start to stir often. After almost 3-4 minutes when they are lightly golden brown(we are not looking for a dark golden brown), some of the sesame seeds may jump out, so be careful.  At this point, remove the pan from the heat and continue to stir for a minute as they will continue to toast in the pan. (I do this step if I think I can still toast them for some time but I prefer to do this step not over the heat as they can burn fast.)  You should skip the removing the pan from the stove and stirring step if you believe they are already toasted enough. Place them in a baking sheet or any other dish so they will stop cooking.

Oven Method

  • Preheat the oven to 350°F(177C°).
  • Line baking sheet with parchment paper and place the sesame seeds as a single layer as much as possible.  As they give off the aroma after 3 minutes, open the oven door and stir with a spoon so they can toast evenly. Repeat the stirring 3 more times. After 7 minutes they should look lightly golden from. (We are not aiming for a dark golden brown.) At this point, remove the baking sheet from the oven and stir outside for almost a minute.   They will continue to toast without the risk of burning. You should skip the removing the baking sheet from the oven and stirring step if you believe they are already toasted enough. If so, you should immediately remove the baking sheet from oven and place the sesame seeds on a cool baking sheet or any other dish to stop cooking.

Notes

You can store the sesame seeds in an airtight container in the pantry/a dark place up to 6 months or in the fridge/freezer up to a year.
Toasting time will be longer if you are using a small pan or a half baking sheet for the same amount of sesame seeds.