Sesame Oil
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Varieties

Un-Refined Sesame Oil is useful for Medium Heat with a Smoke Point of 350°F (177°C), a Flash Point of 600°F (315°C) and a Fire Point of 700°F (371°C). Unrefined Sesame Oil is used for cooking, baking, sautéing and stir-frying. 

Semi-Refined Sesame Oil is useful for High Heat with a Smoke Point of 450°F (232°C), a Flash Point of 600°F (315°C) and a Fire Point of 700°F (371°C). Semi-Refined Sesame Oil is used for cooking and deep frying.  

Toasted Sesame Oil is useful for Medium/High Heat with a Smoke Point of 410°F (210°C), a Flash Point of 600°F (315°C) and a Fire Point of 700°F (371°C). Toasted Sesame Oil is used for stir-frying (in small amounts), and for flavoring.

Purchasing

When purchasing Sesame Oil, check these items first.

1. Best by Date. Look at the bottles "Best Buy Date." Most Sesame Oils should have a shelf life of at least two years. How far away is the expiration of that period on the bottle you are considering? Better products may even have a "Date of Harvest." Do the math and find the freshest bottle. 

2. Country of Origin.  Does the bottle have a tag naming the Mill and country where the product was grown? Proud manufacturers trumpet their credentials. Less proud manufacturers play games. By the way, "Packed in Italy" or "Bottled in Italy" may not mean that the olives were grown in Italy, or that they were pressed in Italy. It only means that the bottles were filled there.   

3. Acidity. Look at the nutrition label and seek out brands with the lowest amount of acid. 

4. Dark Bottle. Most Oils that we have seen come in a clear glass bottle to show off the lighter color of the oil. Darker glass would be better because these light oils are still subject to being broken down by the sun or light in general. Dark glass helps prevent the problem.

Storage

Oxygen, heat, light and time cause Sesame Oil to Oxidize and become Rancid.

Oils should be tightly capped and kept in a cool dark place.  Monounsaturated Oilare less susceptible to going rancid than Polyunsaturated Oils due to temperature. Light is still a risk though, so dark colored bottles are helpful in protecting the Sesame Oil from light which will cause them to break down.  

If you do refrigerate your Sesame Oil it may become semi-solid in the cold. Just let it sit for 15-20 minutes at room temperature and it will return to liquid form. Sesame Oil should keep 6 months to a year in the refrigerator.

If over time, your oil gets “sticky” or has off flavors dispose of it. It has gone bad. 

Portion Size

Allow 1-2 t of Sesame Oil per recipe.

Substitutes

Peanut Oil

Nutritional Value USDA
OIL,SESAME,SALAD OR COOKING
Amount Per 100g
Calories 884
%Daily Value*
 
153%
Total Fat 100g
10%
Saturated Fat 14g
Polyunsaturated Fat 41g
Monounsaturated Fat 39g
0%
Cholesterol 0mg
0%
Sodium 0mg
0%
Potassium 0mg
0%
Total Carbohydrate 0g
0%
Dietary Fiber 0g
Sugars 0g
Protein 0g
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Nutrition

Sesame Oil has a perfect split between monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats with 14% Saturated Fat, 43% Monounsaturated Fat, and 43% Polyunsaturated Fat. Sesame Oil is available in unrefined, semi-refined and toasted products.

Gluten Free

Yes

Low Fat

No

Low Calorie

No