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How To Toast Sesame Seeds


Toasted sesame seeds are sprinkled on top of teriyaki chicken drummetes
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Toasted sesame seeds add a nutty flavor to stir-fries and cold noodle dishes. Here are easy instructions on how to toast sesame seeds.

Difficulty: N/A

Time Required: Varies

Here's How:

  1. For stovetop toasting, use a wide frying pan.
  2. Heat the sesame seeds on medium heat, shaking the pan occasionally.
  3. Remove the seeds when they darken and become fragrant.
  4. For oven toasting, preheat the oven to 325 degrees Fahrenheit.
  5. Spread the seeds out on a baking sheet.
  6. Bake until the seeds brown and become fragrant.
  7. For both methods, allow the toasted seeds to cool.
  8. Store in a covered jar at room temperature.


  1. It takes me between 3 and 5 minutes to toast sesame seeds on the stovetop, and about 15 minutes using the oven.

What You Need:

  • Sesame Seeds
  • Fry Pan or Baking Sheet
  • Covered Jar

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