You are going to love this incredibly versatile Japanese sesame sauce, known as goma dare (胡麻だれ). This sesame sauce is creamy with a nutty and slightly sweet flavour. It's delicious on almost everything. And it's so easy to make it fresh at home in just minutes.
This sauce makes a delicious salad dressing, the perfect dipping sauce for dumplings and skewers, an amazing sauce for meats, fish, or vegetables, and it's great on noodles, too!
If you love sesame flavour, I also highly recommend that you try Japanese persimmon tofu salad for a beautiful autumn dish.
- White sesame seeds (not toasted)
- Japanese mayonnaise - Unlike American mayonnaise, which uses whole eggs, this mayonnaise uses only egg yolks to give it a delightful rich and custardy mouth feel. It also uses a beautiful blend of vinegars (such as rice, apple cider, red wine, and distilled) rather than just white vinegar.
- Soy sauce
- White miso paste
- Unseasoned rice wine vinegar - Also known as rice vinegar, it is made from fermented rice and has a flavour that is sweet and acidic.
- Sesame oil (not toasted)
- Sake - An inexpensive drinking sake is better to use than cooking sake, because cooking sake contains additional salt.
See the recipe card below for quantities.
- Sake - The sake in this recipe can be substituted for an equal amount of dry sherry. If you prefer to avoid alcohol, you can use a mixture of one part rice wine vinegar to three parts water.
- Rice wine vinegar - Substitute with an equal amount of white wine vinegar plus ¼ tsp of sugar.
- Extra creamy - Add more Japanese mayonnaise if you would like to make this sauce extra thick and creamy. I don't recommend to do this if you are using the sauce as a salad dressing.
- Ginger or Garlic - Try adding in a tiny bit of freshly grated ginger or garlic for an extra flavour kick.
- Toasted - You can swap the sesame oil in this recipe for toasted sesame oil if you prefer.
- Smooth - Grind the sesame seeds down into a powder if you want your sauce to be smooth with no visible sesame pieces.
Then whisk all of the sauce ingredients together in a bowl.
It's that easy!
To make this recipe you will need the following:
How do you use it
There are so many uses for sesame sauce! Here are some of them:
- Salad dressing
- Dipping sauce for dumplings, grilled skewers, and shabu shabu (Japanese hot pot)
- Dressing for proteins: chicken, pork, beef, seafood, tofu
- Dressing for cooked vegetables: green beans, broccoli, spinach, cauliflower, asparagus
- Dip for raw vegetables
- Dip for sashimi
- Dressing for warm or chilled noodles: udon, soba, ramen
- Dressing for poke bowls
- Spread for burgers or sandwiches
Store leftover Japanese sesame sauce in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to a week. Give it a good stir before using.
Tip for Success
Don't buy pre-ground sesame seeds - you won't get the same fresh flavour.
This sauce can be made gluten free. Just make sure to use gluten free versions of white miso paste and soy sauce.
A delicious and versatile Japanese sesame sauce that has a creamy, nutty, and slightly sweet flavour that you will love. It's amazing on almost anything. And it's so easy to make!
½ cup (70g) white sesame seeds (not toasted)
4 tablespoons Japanese mayonnaise
3 tablespoons sugar
3 tablespoons soy sauce
4 teaspoons white miso paste
1 tablespoon unseasoned rice wine vinegar
2 teaspoons sesame oil (not toasted)
2 teaspoons sake
- The sake in this recipe can be substituted for an equal amount of dry sherry. If you prefer to avoid alcohol, you can use a mixture of one part rice wine vinegar to three parts water.
- This recipe makes about a cup of sauce (237ml), or four servings as a dipping sauce.
- Serving Size: 4 tbsp
- Calories: 180
- Sugar: 9.5 g
- Sodium: 761.3 mg
- Fat: 21.6 g
- Carbohydrates: 16.8 g
- Protein: 4.8 g
- Cholesterol: 20 mg