Substitute for sesame oil?

  • An Asian recipe I'm trying calls for sesame oil. However, the only bottle I found is $6, and since I'm only using a tablespoon of it, and am on a tight budget, I don't want to spend that much just to not use most of it. Is there a good substitute for the sesame oil?

    The recipe I'm making is a "cheater" Korean beef dish if that helps at all.

    Update: I tried it with extra virgin olive oil instead and it turned out fantastic! I'm not sure how much different it would have been with the sesame oil, but it was pretty great without it. The recipe can be found here.

    Is it toasted sesame oil? If it's not toasted, most light oils will work. Toasted will be much harder to substitute.

    It doesn't specify for it to be toasted, so I'm assuming that it's not.

    I would assume it is, as that is the major reason to use it. IF you provide the complete recipe, the context should tell us. IF you are frying in it, its not. If you are using it as a condiment, it is.

    If this was indeed for flavoring, the fact that it was good with olive oil really just means that it was good without sesame. You just made the dish missing that flavor.

    Maybe someday I will bite the bullet and just buy the sesame oil and retry the recipe with it. :p I'm sure it would have added flavor, but it tasted good without it. I'm interested to see what difference it makes.

    @nuhcole obv i don't know what's available in your area, but i usually buy sesame oil on the cheap in a largish metal tin. it keeps a long time. i love the flavour and use it often, not just when making a korean dish.

    Interestingly, now someone mentions it, really fruity/adstringent olive oil *could* maybe work well in SOME dishes that call for toasted sesame oil - but the flavor profile will be rather different and not very traditionally asian :)

  • SourDoh

    SourDoh Correct answer

    7 years ago

    As a substitute for untoasted sesame oil, most light oils will work (light olive, peanut, canola, sunflower, etc). Any nut or seed oil should be pretty close.

    Toasted sesame oil has a much bolder and nuttier flavor. It could perhaps be approximated with a light oil and adding toasted sesame to your dish.

    Or perhaps even toasting the sesame seeds in the oil...

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