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Old 02-08-2016, 05:50 AM   #1
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Cooking with Sesame Oil Question

When using Sesame Oil, do you use it more as a ' flavor' by adding it at the end of the recipe, or do you actually use it to fry up your ingredients ? or both ?

I've always been under the impression that it was more of something you had for its flavor and not an oil yo would use to sauté but i recently came across a recipe that says otherwise.

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Old 02-08-2016, 06:09 AM   #2
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Occasionally we'll come across it as an oil to fry in, but nearly always in combo with another oil, not just by itself. We mostly add it toward end of cooking or drizzle on before serving. Apparently though it can be used by itself for sauteeing.
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Old 02-08-2016, 08:11 AM   #3
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Sesame oil has such a strong flavor, I don't use it for sautéing or stir-frying. I use a little in marinades and as a finishing oil.

I found years ago that when I started using peanut oil for making Asian food, it tasted more authentic.

There are a lot of flawed recipes out there Just because someone put up a blog doesn’t necessarily make them a good food writer.
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Old 02-08-2016, 08:46 AM   #4
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There are a lot of flawed recipes out there Just because someone put up a blog doesn’t necessarily make them a good food writer.
Which is exactly why I bought attention to it here, to get a group of people I trust's opinion
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Do any of you know a basic brand of sesame oil to use as a finishing oil.

I have been gawking at various types, toasted, unrefined, dark, chili infused, etc.. I get so confused I end up not buying any of them!

I just want it to make a fakeout-takeout, or would it be a takeout-fakeout, Chinese meal from time to time.

Thanks B
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Toasted (dark) is used in stir fries, etc. to finish. Light is made from raw sesame seeds and works better for salad dressings, etc.
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Old 02-08-2016, 10:57 AM   #7
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I always use toasted sesame oil because it has a richer flavor. If I want heat, I add that separately. I also keep it in the fridge to prevent it from going rancid. It will become thicker in the fridge, but it loosens up in a few minutes as it warms.
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Cooking with Sesame Oil Question

I use toasted sesame oil, but only as flavoring, not to fry stuff. I keep it in the fridge too.
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IMO it's flavor is very intense, so a little bit goes a long way. Add a little, taste, then add more if necessary.


I also use it is a finishing oil, specifically to add flavor.
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IMO it's flavor is very intense, so a little bit goes a long way. Add a little, taste, then add more if necessary.


I also use it is a finishing oil, specifically to add flavor.
It should be used to finish. Like you said a little goes a long way.
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