Korean cooking ingredients

Toasted sesame seeds

Bokkeun-kkae 볶은깨

Freshly toasted sesame seeds adds a bright nutty flavor to many dishes in Korean cuisine. You can keep a big jar of pre-toasted sesame seeds on hand, but I recommend buying unroasted raw sesame seeds and toasting them as you need them. They’re always more delicious that way.

How to roast raw sesame seeds:

  1. Wash 1 cup of sesame seeds in a colander under running water. Drain.
  2. Heat up a pan or wok over medium to low heat and add the washed seeds.
  3. Stir it with a wooden spoon until they are evenly golden and crispy. They’ll pop as they cook. It should take about 10 minutes to roast all of them.

Korean sesame seeds

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

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sesame seeds

Small jar

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

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