Korean cooking ingredients

Toasted sesame seeds

Bokkeun-kkae 볶은깨

Toasted sesame seeds adds a bright nutty flavor to many dishes in Korean cuisine. You can get pre-toasted sesame seeds in a Korean grocery store or buy dried raw sesame seeds and toast them at home. The direction for how to toast sesame seeds is here.

Raw Sesame Seeds

If you want to toast your own sesame seeds at home, you need to buy dried, untoasted, raw sesame seeds. In a Korean grocery store, toasted seeds are always labelled “toasted sesame seeds” but raw sesame seeds are simply labelled “sesame seeds,” never “raw” or “untoasted.” Buy these sesame seeds and then follow my method for toasting them.

Korean sesame seeds                                                                                          Raw sesame seeds on the left and toasted sesame seeds on the right

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Recipes that use toasted sesame seeds (bokkeun-kkae):

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