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Sesame Oil 참기름

Sesame Oil (참기름) [cham-gi-reum] is an amber colored, aromatic oil, made from pressed toasted sesame seeds that is a common ingredient in Korean cooking. It is not used as a cooking oil due to its intense nutty and buttery flavor and aroma; however, because of that, it is an excellent seasoning and flavor enhancer. Sesame Oil is widely used in Korea to make namul (vegatable side dish) because it adds a beautiful glossy finish. Similarly, the iconic dish, bibimbap, requires a big spoon of sesame oil on top to add both beauty and flavor. Koreans also mix salt, pepper and sesame oil to make a dipping sauce for grilled meat because it reduces the gamey taste of pork and lamb. Contary to popular belief, not all oils are bad for you. Sesame Oil is a rich source of vitamins and minerals such as Vitamin E, magnesium, copper, calcium, and zinc. And unlike most oils, sesame oil is high the beneficial poly-unsaturated fatty acid, Omega-6, which is known to lower blood pressure.

You can buy Sesame oil online here.

Sourcing & Selecting

Local Korean grocery market

You can buy Sesame oil online here.

If you do not have sesame oil, we recommend using peanut oil. However, if you are allergic to nuts or looking for similar health benefits without the flavor, you can use olive oil instead.
How to Measure: 
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Sesame Oil has an incredibly long shelf life if stored in a cool, dark, and dry place, away from sunlight. However, it must be stored in an airtight container to lock in the flavor and aroma.
Nutrition and Health Facts: 
Many Koreans source their sesame seeds directly from a local farm and squeeze out the oil for use because many pre-packaged sesame oils contain other oils to reduce cost.


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