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Toasted Sesame Oil

Everyday Food, May/June 2003

Often used in Indian and Asian cooking, sesame oil comes in two varieties: regular and toasted. Toasted sesame oil has a richer, more pronounced flavor.

Where to Find It
It is sold in most supermarkets, next to the other cooking oils.

How to Use It
This oil is wonderful in salad dressings, marinades, or cooked dishes. It is often used in combination with vegetable oil for stir-frying or sauteing. For the most intense flavor, drizzle some oil on a dish just before serving it.

How to Store It
Because sesame oil is high in polyunsaturated fats, it can be kept at room temperature, in a cool, dry place, for several months. This tasty oil, which is made from sesame seeds, adds a distinctive nutty flavor and aroma to salads and cooked dishes. Tofu will take on the taste of whatever food it is cooked with. It is high in protein and is also a very good source of B vitamins and iron.