Toasted sesame seeds add 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 like these and toast them at home.

To toast your own 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.” Make sure you buy the right seeds and then follow my method for toasting them.

Raw Sesame Seeds

Recipes that use raw sesame seeds (cham-kkae):

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