Gomasio is a sesame salt condiment that is used in Japanese cooking. It is essentially toasted sesame seeds mixed with salt, though some store-bought gomasio also contains sugar. No need to seek out a Japanese specialty market to try it — simply make your own at home. Here’s how.
How to make gomasio
Use gomasio to season vegetables and grains.
- 2 cups sesame seeds
- 1 tablespoon sea salt
- Toast sesame seeds in a large skillet over medium heat until lightly toasted, shaking the pan often. As soon as seeds are fragrant and lightly browned, transfer them to a large plate lined with a paper towel. Let cool.
- Add cooled sesame seeds to a mortar and pestle and sprinkle with salt. Grind seeds until coarsely ground.
- Transfer to an airtight container and keep in the refrigerator for up to 1 week.