How to Roast Sesame Seeds

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Roasted sesame seeds are essential ingredients in many recipes and they are so easy to make. Skip the store-bought variety that’s been sitting on the shelf for eons. It takes just minutes to make roasted sesame seeds at home. Enjoy delicately nutty, nutrient-dense and aromatic roasted seeds as toppings for noodles, salads and desserts or as ingredients in your favorite recipes. Give it a try!

Check out the below recipes using Roasted Sesame Seeds:

Sweet and Salty Sesame Peanut Topping (Muoi Me Dau Phong)
Mooncakes with Coconut Filling (Banh Trung Thu / Banh Nuong Nhan Dua)
Peanut Candy (Keo Dau Phong)
Chewy Sesame Peanut Candy (Keo Me Dau Phong)


1/2 cup raw white sesame seeds


Method 1: Cooking in Skillet

Put the sesame seeds into a fine mesh strainer and rinse with cold water washing away any dust or grit. Toss gently to remove any remaining water.

Transfer the sesame seeds to a skillet. Cook over Medium Low heat stirring frequently for 5-7 minutes or until the sesame seeds are lightly golden.

Transfer to a plate and allow to cool for a 10 minutes.

Store in an air-tight container. The roasted sesame seeds are good for up to 6 months.

How to Roast Sesame Seeds | recipe from

How to Roast Sesame Seeds | recipe from

Method 2: Toasting in an Oven

After washing the sesames seeds, transfer to a cookie sheet and spread out into a thin layer.

Bake in the oven at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for 12-15 minutes. Stir the sesame seeds every 5 minutes for even toasting.

Watch the seeds carefully around the 12 minute mark as seeds can turn brown and burn very quickly.

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Yields: 1/2 cup

How to Roast Sesame Seeds | recipe from

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4 Responses to How to Roast Sesame Seeds

  1. Anne Ball February 25, 2023 at 4:15 pm #

    What and how long do fresh sesame seeds store for and what’s the best container to store fresh sesame seeds

  2. W. Weaver January 23, 2021 at 2:09 pm #

    Outstanding results!

    I roasted unhulled organic sesame seeds, cooled the seeds to a warm temperature and ground them in my Vitamix for an outstanding tahini. Rich in flavor and smooth as silk.

  3. Neny Lily Ching April 20, 2017 at 5:58 am #

    We can buy small scale of baking powder. The problem is there is no expiration date. Your tip will a good help. Thanks to that. I also bought ready toasted sesame seeds. Sometimes it smells old oil. So much thanks for the two tips which I isually used for my cooking

    • Trang April 21, 2017 at 9:58 am #

      Hi Neny Lily,
      I am so glad you found my posts helpful. Thank you for stopping by! 🙂

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