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Sesame oil

What is sesame oil? About the ingredient sesame oil. Including 983 recipes with sesame oil, nutrition data, and where to find it.


Sesame oil (also known as  gingelly oil  or  til oil) is an edible vegetable oil derived from sesame seeds. Besides being used as a cooking oil in South India, it is often used as a flavor enhancer in Chinese, Korean, and to a lesser extent Southeast Asian cuisine.

Small amounts of sesame oil impact a rich and nutty flavor that greatly enhances dishes.


Despite sesame oil's high proportion (41%) of polyunsaturated (Omega-6) fatty acids, it is least prone, among cooking oils with high smoke points, to turn rancid when kept in the open. This is due to the natural antioxidants present in the oil. 

Light sesame oil has a high smoke point and is suitable for deep-frying, while heavy (dark) sesame oil (from roasted sesame seeds) has a slightly lower smoke point and is unsuitable for deep-frying.

Instead it can be used for the stir-frying of meats or vegetables, or for the making of an omelette.

Most in Asia use Roasted Sesame Oil for seasoning, particularly in East Asian cuisine.


Nutrition Facts

Serving Size 1 tablespoon (13g)
Amount per Serving
Calories 114Calories from Fat 117
 % Daily Value *
Total Fat 13.0g 20%
Saturated Fat 1.8g 9%
Trans Fat ~
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 0mg 0%
Total Carbohydrate 0.0g 0%
Dietary Fiber 0g 0%
Sugars 0.0
Protein 0.0g
Vitamin A 0% Vitamin C 0%
Calcium 0% Iron 0%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your caloric needs.

Where found

Sesame oil is usually found in the asian section or aisle of the grocery store or supermarket.

Food group

Sesame oil is a member of the Fats and Oils USDA nutritional food group.

How much does sesame oil weigh?

measure grams
1 tablespoon 13
1 cup 218
1 tsp 4

In Chinese:香油
British (UK) term: Sesame oil
en français:huile de sésame
en español:aceite de sésamo

Recipes using sesame oil

There are 1028 recipes that contain this ingredient.

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