Toasted sesame seeds add a nutty dimension and a little crunch to many dishes. I usually sprinkle black sesame seeds on white fluffy rice in lunchboxes (dosirak) for contrast and flavor. Always choose the seeds with the latest expiration date. Keep some in a glass container or jar in a cool, dry place and the rest in a zipper-lock plastic bag in the freezer for up to 3 months.

black sesame seeds

Black sesame seeds

Raw black sesame seeds.

Roasted black sesame seeds

Pre-roasted sesame seeds.

Recipes that use black sesame seeds (heukimja):


  1. can i use blender to grind the black sesame seeds instead of coffee grinder?

  2. Do the black sesame seeds have any flavor? If not, why use it?

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