How to Toast Sesame Seeds

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Learn how to toast sesame seeds to perfection using the oven or stovetop. Both methods are easy and yield deliciously nutty and toasty seeds!

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Learn how to toast sesame seeds in two ways: in the oven and on the stovetop. Sesame seeds may be small, but they pack a flavorful punch in many dishes, including salads and baked goods, like sesame tahini cookies! Toasting them is an easy way to bring out the nutty flavor of sesame seeds and add a satisfying crunch to your meals. So grab your raw sesame seeds, and let’s get started!

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Toasting sesame seeds is a simple and effective way to add flavor and depth to your dishes. It releases natural oils, enhances the aroma and taste of the seeds, and you can choose between two methods based on your equipment and time.

Which sesame seeds are best for toasting?

If you’re wondering which sesame seeds to use for toasting, it depends on your choice of dish. White sesame seeds are perfect for delicious Middle Eastern dishes, while Black sesame seeds are the go-to for Asian cuisine. It’s your kitchen and taste buds, so don’t be afraid to experiment! Just remember to use fresh sesame seeds for maximum flavor and yumminess.

WHY you should learn how to roast sesame seeds

  • Enhanced flavor. Toasting sesame seeds is a game-changer. The nutty undertones and deliciously complex flavor they bring to your dishes will make your taste buds dance. And the best part? Once you master the art of toasting, you’ll have a secret ingredient to add to your favorite recipes.
  • Versatility. These nutty, toasty nuggets of goodness are perfect for adding to anything and everything. Salads, veggies, meat, rice – you name it, toasted sesame seeds will make it better. And let’s not forget about the endless flavor combinations you can create! Feeling adventurous? Add some smoky paprika or spicy chili flakes for a whole new dimension of flavor.
  • Health benefits. Sesame seeds are a good source of nutrients, including protein, healthy fats, fiber, and minerals. Toasting sesame seeds can also improve their digestibility and enhance the absorption of their nutrients, making them even more beneficial for your health.

Ingredient to make toasted sesame seeds

  • Sesame seeds: That’s all you need!! Sesame seeds are oval-shaped and come in white, black, and brown colors. They have a rich, nutty flavor and crispy texture that intensifies when toasted.
Bowl of sesame seeds.

HOW TO MAKE toasted sesame seeds

Toasting sesame seeds can be done using two popular methods – roasting in the oven and or frying in a dry skillet on the stovetop. Both processes are easy and straightforward, and they result in deliciously crispy and nutty seeds.

In the oven

  1. Spread the sesame seeds out evenly on a baking sheet in a single layer (no parchment paper needed!)
  2. Bake until they become fragrant and golden brown, stirring halfway through cooking.
2 image collage toasting in the oven on a baking sheet.

On the stovetop

  1. Heat a large skillet and add the sesame seeds to the dry pan and toast.
  2. Stir frequently until they become fragrant and golden brown.
2 image collage before and after toasting in a pan.

TIPS FOR toasting sesame seeds at home

  1. Cook in a single layer. Whether toasting sesame seeds in the oven or in a skillet, spread them evenly in the pan to ensure even toasting.
  2. Watch them carefully. Don’t let those little seeds burn! Keep a close eye on them, especially in the oven, because they can go from perfectly toasty to burnt in no time. Be sure to give them a stir now and then to prevent any unwanted char.
  1. Add flavor. Want to kick your sesame seeds up a notch? Add some salt, spices, or whatever seasoning your heart desires before or after toasting to customize the flavor.
  2. Cool before storing. Give the sesame seeds a chance to cool down before storing them in an airtight container. This will help them maintain their freshness and texture, so you can enjoy their nutty goodness for days to come!

recipes to make with toasted sesame seeds

HOW TO STORE toasted sesame seeds

After toasting sesame seeds, cool them completely before storing them in an airtight container. This will help prevent moisture and air from affecting their flavor and texture. You can store sesame seeds in a cool, dry place like your pantry or cupboard. Store them in the fridge or freezer if you want to keep them even longer. 

HOW LONG WILL roasted sesame seeds LAST IN THE FRIDGE?

If stored properly, toasted sesame seeds can stay fresh for several weeks in a pantry and up to a few months in the fridge or freezer. Just make sure they are in an airtight container and away from moisture or light.

CAN I FREEZE sesame seeds after toasting?

To freeze toasted sesame seeds, let them cool completely before transferring them to an airtight container or freezer bag. Squeeze out as much air as possible before sealing and store for up to 3 months, sometimes longer. Frozen sesame seeds can be used directly in recipes without thawing. 


Do I need to use oil to toast sesame seeds?

No, you do not need to use oil to toast sesame seeds. Sesame seeds contain natural oils that are released when they are toasted, so adding oil is not necessary. However, you can add a small amount of oil if you prefer a slightly richer flavor or if you are toasting a larger quantity of seeds and want to ensure they all get coated evenly.

Can I toast sesame seeds with the hull on?

Yes, you can toast sesame seeds with the hull on. However, the hulls may burn more easily than the seed itself, so you may need to adjust the toasting time accordingly.

How do I know when sesame seeds are toasted?

Toasted sesame seeds will turn golden brown and have a nutty aroma. Keep an eye on them to prevent burning, as they can go from toasted to burnt quickly.

What other seeds can I toast using the oven or a pan?

You can toast a variety of seeds in the oven or on the stove, such as pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, and flax seeds. Toasting them can enhance their flavor and add a delicious crunch to your favorite dishes.

Spoon lifting up a spoonful of toasted sesame seeds from a small bowl

By learning how to toast these tiny flavor bombs in the oven and in a frying pan, you’ll be able to take your cooking skills to the next level and add a whole new dimension of flavor to your go-to dishes. So go ahead and give it a try, and you’ll be on your way to perfectly toasted sesame seeds!

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How to Toast Sesame Seeds

Learn how to toast sesame seeds to perfection using the oven or stovetop. Both methods are easy and yield deliciously nutty and toasty seeds!
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Servings 8 servings
Course Tutorial
Calories 46
Prep Time 0 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
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  • 2.25 ounces (½ cup) sesame seeds


In the Oven

  • Preheat the oven to 350˚F.
  • Place the sesame seeds on a quarter rimmed baking sheet and shake it around to evenly distribute the sesame seeds in a single layer.
  • Bake for 15 to 18 minutes, stirring once halfway through, until they become fragrant and golden brown. Enjoy warm or store for later use at room temperature for up to 3 months.

On the Stovetop

  • Heat a large skillet over medium heat. Add the sesame seeds to the dry pan and toast for 8 to 10 minutes, stirring frequently until they become fragrant and golden brown. Enjoy warm or store for later use at room temperature for up to 3 months.


Storage: Homemade toasted sesame seeds can last typically around 2-3 weeks, when stored in an airtight container in a cool, dry place such as the pantry. If stored in the fridge or freezer, they can last up to a few months.


Calories: 46kcal, Carbohydrates: 2g, Protein: 1g, Fat: 4g, Saturated Fat: 1g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g, Monounsaturated Fat: 1g, Sodium: 1mg, Potassium: 37mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 0.02g, Vitamin A: 1IU, Calcium: 78mg, Iron: 1mg

Nutrition information provided is an estimate. It will vary based on cooking method and specific ingredients used.

Cuisine American
Course: Tutorial

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