Toasted sesame seeds are crunchier and have a nuttier flavor! They’re great for topping noodles, veggies & more. Here’s how to toast sesame seeds two ways.
Sesame seeds are one thing, but toasted sesame seeds? Quite another altogether! Toasting sesame seeds brings out their natural nutty flavor even more: and it makes them even crunchier. Alex and I almost always toast sesame seeds before we use them. They’re perfect on Asian noodle dishes like a soba bowl or coating sushi, but they also work in Mediterranean and Middle Eastern cuisine like sprinkling on hummus or falafel. Even better: it only takes a few minutes! Here’s how to toast sesame seeds: two ways.
How to toast sesame seeds: on the stove
Make toasted sesame seeds on the stovetop when you have a small quantity of seeds and want to make them quickly.
- Pros: This method is so fast: it takes only 3 minutes!
- Drawbacks: Toasting seeds on the stovetop can cook unevenly, and it’s harder to toast large quantities.
- Basic stovetop method (go to recipe): Place the seeds in a dry skillet (don’t add oil!). Heat over medium heat for about 3 minutes, until golden and fragrant. Our biggest tip: do not leave the stove because the seeds can burn very easily. We know from experience!
How to toast sesame seeds: in the oven
Make toasted sesame seeds in the oven when you have time to preheat the oven! You can also toast large quantities at once.
- Advantages: This method cooks the seeds more evenly than the stovetop method, and you can cook lots of seeds at once.
- Drawbacks: You’ll need to wait for the oven to preheat: about 10 to 15 minutes!
- Basic oven method (go to recipe): Preheat to 350 degrees and bake the seeds on a baking sheet about 5 minutes, until golden and fragrant. Again, don’t leave the oven because they can burn easily.
Ways to use toasted sesame seeds
Once you know how to toast sesame seeds, the sky’s the limit in recipes! They work in both Asian and Middle Eastern cuisine, so there are lots of different places to sprinkle them. Here are some ideas:
- Noodles: Try a sprinkle on our Soba Noodle Bowl or Quick Soba Noodles.
- Sushi: Add them to coat the outside of a sushi roll! Try our
- Edamame: Add pizzazz to your edamame! Try them on Easy Edamame, Spicy Edamame or 5-Minute Shelled Edamame.
- Veggies: Toasted sesame seeds also work on Steamed Broccoli or Steamed Green Beans.
- Bowls: They’re be perfect on a Poke Bowl or Vegan Poke Bowl.
- Stir Fry: Toss them on our Easy Stir Fry Vegetables or Shrimp and Broccoli.
- Hummus: Throw a handful on Homemade Hummus or Beet Hummus.
- Tofu: Heighten the flavors in this Easy Marinated Tofu.
After you toast the sesame seeds (and your kitchen smells amazing), you can use them immediately! Here’s how to store leftovers, if you have them:
- Cool fully and place in a sealed container. We use a small glass container with lid.
- Store at room temp for 3 months OR
- Store refrigerated for 6 months.
- Freeze to extend the life even further, up to 1 year or more.