Some of the most used oils nowadays are peanut oil, lettuce seed oil, coconut oil, etc. Among them, sesame oil is commonly used in many cuisine cultures.
With the nutty, earthy flavor and the signature herbal fragrance, sesame oil recipes are diverse. However, you must know the most important technique before using sesame oil is to toast it. But it seems that not many people know that technique.
In this post, let’s dive deep into the right, simple but effective technique on how to toast sesame oil. No need to talk more; let’s jump into the guidance!
About Toasted Sesame Oil
What is toast sesame oil? Sesame oil is the organic vegetable oil extracted from sesame seeds. The sesame is collected, sterilized, and gone into the special procedure with top-notch techniques to extract the final essence.
What does sesame oil taste like? Given these facts, sesame oil is so condensed, nutrition-rich, and authentic. You can receive from the sesame oil the core, the essence, the sesame seeds’ most valuable extract. The oil contains a slightly herbal aroma and the earthy, nutty taste of sesame.
With the nutty flavor given, the sesame oil is preferred to complement most if not all stir-fry dishes. Some Asian recipes like fried rice, pad thai, fried noodles use this type of oil to raise the food’s fatty, oily flavor.
However, the taste and aroma are just mild; sometimes, people feel like the oil is so neutral that it tastes like nothing. What makes the food distinctive is that neutral fragrance and taste because it is versatile for any food.
Break down the nutritional facts, the sesame oil is abundantly nutritional. On a tablespoon of serving, there are 120 calories conserved. There is no protein, carbohydrate, or sugar, but 14 grams of fat.
There are 30 mg of vitamin K and 1886 mg sterols retained in terms of vitamins and minerals. In general, the food is fatty, making it suitable for energizing.
How To Toast Sesame Oil
Most people mistake sesame oil with toasted sesame oil. The toasted oil has a darker color as well as a richer flavor. If you love the richer and “toasty” flavor, then you can make the toast sesame oil at home with such simple equipment.
Here is what you need for the toasting oil process. First, please take out a big, deep saucepan to toast the oil. When stirring, the oil may overflow, so the deeper, the better. Cups of sesame oil are needed (of course, right?).
Then, we demand a stove to heat the pan and a glass bowl to store sesame oil after toasting. Finally, a refrigerator is necessary because we tend to store it in a glass bowl in the refrigerator for a longer period after toasting the oil.
How To Do:
Step 1: Washing the saucepan under tap water to ensure that the pan’s surface is clean enough. Then, rinse the pan thoroughly.
Step 2: turn on the stove and place the saucepan onto the stove. Set the stove into medium-heat mode and wait for it to reheat.
Typically, the ideal time to start pouring the oil into the saucepan is when you can feel heat radiating emerging from the pan’s surface.
Step 3: When feeling the radiation, start adding the sesame oil. Please remember to hold your hands a few inches apart from the pan to avoid burning hands. We advise you to add a small amount of oil per pour.
Consequently, grip the pan, circle the heat to let the oil flow side to side. Remain circling the oil to prevent the oil from burning, and keep repeating until you see that sesame oil acquires the golden brownish color.
Step 4: You can smell a signature sesame smell evaporating when the oil is completely toasted. Meanwhile, take out the pan and transfer it into a glass bowl.
Step 5: Let the oil cool down to room temperature for about 10 to 15 minutes. Repetitively check the oil to test whether it reaches the room heat or not. Then, seal the bowl and store it in the fridge for later use. You can keep the oil for more than a year.
Tips For A Good Toasted Sesame Oil
Even though the process of making toasted sesame oil is simple, you still need some tips and tricks to ensure that the resulting oil is qualified enough. Below are some tips, based on our experience:
- It’s better to keep the oil cool than hot: After toasting the sesame oil, experts always advise us to let the oil cool down. With this technique, you can keep the oil maintained for a long time because a cool environment will not trigger the bacteria multiplication process.
- When toasting the oil, remember to circle the pan so that the oil flows from side to side: Not only prevents the oil from burning, this technique also provides the heat more equally to the oil, making the resulting oil toasted more balanced.
- Store the toasted oil in an airtight container: Without being sealed, the oil can be exposed to bacteria and viruses from the environment, making it spoiled faster.