D.I.Y. Japanese Style Sesame Seasoning Salt

Gomashio is a flavored salt simply made of toasted sesame seeds ground with coarse salt. Make it in a mortar and pestle, spice grinder, blender or a food processor. Preferably, keep it on your tabletop in a peppermill and grind it fresh to order.

Most Gomashio recipes use white unhulled sesame seeds. The black seeds add contrast and look great, especially when mixed with exotic colored sea salt. Scatter it as a healthy garnish and flavoring over rice, salad, marinated vegetables like cucumbers or grated gingered carrots, sautéed vegetables, grilled salmon, steak or chicken teriyaki and more. If you are watching your sodium intake, you may cut the salt by half.

  • Toast the sesame seeds in a heavy skillet over medium heat for about 3-5 minutes. Let cool. Stir in the salt.

  • Grind a small amount for serving in a mortar and pestle, peppermill, spice grinder, food processor in a couple short bursts, just until pulverized.

  • Store in an airtight container. Use up within a month. DO NOT refrigerate.

  • For extra health benefits and sublime flavor, add a ¼ cup of chopped Nori (dried seaweed) to your mixture.