Sesame oil

Chamgireum 참기름


This oil is made with milled sesame seeds, and it’s rich, nutty flavor gives a unique flavor to countless Korean dishes. Korean sesame oil is different from the sesame oil sold next to the vegetable oil in Western supermarkets. It can also be used as a cooking oil.

Try a few different brands to see which one you like. I prefer Kadoya.

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Recipes that use sesame oil (chamgireum):



  1. Lexa922 Germany joined 1/17
    Posted January 30th, 2017 at 5:25 am | # |

    Hi maangchi is there a diffrence between Chinese sesame oil and Korean sesame oi?

    • sanne Munich joined 8/14
      Posted January 30th, 2017 at 8:36 am | # |

      As long as it’s roasted and 100% – not so much. Even so-called Korean sesame oil is often made from sesame seeds grown in China.
      Still, I prefer the real Korean thing.

      Bye, Sanne.

  2. fitXmom Florida joined 5/12
    Posted May 30th, 2012 at 5:10 pm | # |

    New to this… is Sesame oil the same as Sesame Seed Oil? That’s the one I saw at the supermarket.

    • Maangchi New York City joined 8/08
      Posted May 31st, 2012 at 8:42 am | # |

      yes, toasted sesame seeds oil. I call it simply sesame oil.

      • fitXmom Florida joined 5/12
        Posted May 31st, 2012 at 10:37 am | # |

        Thank you!! I will get some today and make your Tofu recipe today. ☺

  3. hyena319 NYC joined 6/09
    Posted December 20th, 2011 at 10:26 am | # |

    Maangchi, Help! I brought a Kadoya Pure Sesame Oil, the large metal can and I can’t get the cap working properly. I followed the instructions but I can’t get an airtight seal and the cap is very loose. Do you have any suggestions on how to close the the sesame oil? Or should I transfer it to another bottle, but what is the best thing to do?
    Also, how long is it good in the refrigerator?

    Thank you so much Maangchi!

  4. koreanboba joined 1/10
    Posted January 25th, 2010 at 8:32 pm | # |

    Hi everyone! My experience with sesame oil is that the Korean one is better. I think it’s because we use it more often so better sesame oil is in demand…

    But usually the Korean one seems to be more appetizing. My housemate said the same thing. It’s probably because it has a stronger scent than the Japanese one?

    How you can tell is if you make stir fry and add the sesame oil, you will notice that the Korean one is the one that makes you want to eat it all~ Try it sometime, and you might get the same result. I use the traditional one (like the last picture in maangchi’s list) and my housemate uses something called 고소한 참기름.

  5. Joie Bernardino
    Posted October 18th, 2009 at 6:57 pm | # |

    What type of sesame oil should I look for in terms of color and the ingredients in it? I bought one that said “pure sesame oil” but the ingredients were “sesame, rice oil” so I don’t know how much of it is actually rice oil. I didn’t want to buy rice oil with just a little sesame in it but its called sesame oil. Its color was also lighter than the ones in the picture, resembled golden honey.

  6. jaydee
    Posted September 21st, 2009 at 2:24 am | # |

    i just subscribed! hope my food looks and tastes just like yours ^^

  7. Anonymous
    Posted April 8th, 2009 at 6:49 pm | # |

    Hi, I wondering if we have to have sesame oil in the fishcakes?

  8. Maangchi New York City joined 8/08
    Posted January 2nd, 2009 at 8:19 am | # |

    Thank you! Happy New Year!

  9. Karin
    Posted January 2nd, 2009 at 2:45 am | # |

    Hi.i’m from Malaysia. I like the fact that you take piz of the ingredients you use. This makes it easier to find these ingredients back in our country. Thanks!

    • Enthuz joined 2/10
      Posted February 16th, 2010 at 11:20 pm | # |

      Hi Karin,

      I’m from malaysia too. If you see this, pls tell me where I can find all the korean ingredients. Thx!

      • suechanteq kuala lumpur, malaysia joined 12/10
        Posted December 9th, 2010 at 4:04 am | # |

        hi i’m from m’sia also..
        enthuz, u can find it at front of ampang point..there are lots of korean shop owned korean..

  10. Maangchi New York City joined 8/08
    Posted October 23rd, 2008 at 6:28 pm | # |

    Jake Gentry,
    Yes, the sesame oil in that link is good. Thank you!

  11. Jake Gentry
    Posted October 23rd, 2008 at 5:42 pm | # |

    Hi Maangchi! I love your site! :D Thank you for making it so I can learn to make Korean food. Is this sesame oil okay? It says traditional… is that what I want?

  12. Maangchi New York City joined 8/08
    Posted September 9th, 2008 at 5:59 am | # |

    Hi, Anonymous,
    I don’t see much difference between Japanese sesame oil and Korean sesame oil. Yes, after opening sesame oil, I keep it in the refrigerator.

  13. Anonymous
    Posted September 9th, 2008 at 12:52 am | # |

    Hi Maangchi, is there any difference between the korean vs japanese’s brand? do you have to keep sesame oil in the fridge?

  14. Anonymous
    Posted September 9th, 2008 at 12:51 am | # |

    Hi Maangchi, I am using the Kadoya one. Is it better to use the korean’s brand? any much difference? Do you have to keep sesame oil in the fridge or room temperature is fine?

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