is a cold-pressed oil made from untoasted sesame seeds. Asian sesame oil, from China and Japan, is made from roasted seeds and has an amber color and a full, rich flavor. Its low smoking temperature makes it unsuitable for using alone for cooking; it is used almost exclusively as a seasoning. For other types of oil, see chili, hazelnut, olive, peanut, vegetable, and walnut oils, and olive oil and vegetable cooking sprays.Sesame seeds are tiny, ivory-colored seeds with a mild, nutty flavor. Black sesame seeds are also available. Both types are used most often as a garnish on sweet and savory dishes.

To toast sesame seeds:
Place the seeds in a small, dry, heavy frying pan over moderate heat and stir until they are aromatic, 1-2 minutes. Cool slightly before using.

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