Two ingredients you may not use very often are toasted sesame oil and tamari. We’ll talk more about these key ingredients below to clarify them a bit more for you. After you find out more about them, you’ll be using them non-stop. Ginger, of course, we’re all familiar with at this point. It has a bite that we all enjoy, helps your stomach, among other numerous benefits – in other words, we enjoy ourselves some ginger. Speaking of, have you ever had Gin-Gins? They are these delicious hard candies that I can’t stop eating. But I digress.
What is toasted sesame oil?
Well, simply put, toasted sesame oil exactly what it sounds like. I know, it’s a a snarky answer, but not intentionally so. It’s an oil made by roasting the sesame seeds first, before they are pressed. It creates a more developed and nutty flavor than regular sesame oil. It’s great for things like dressings and other non-cooking applications where it can provide great flavor.
Is it good for me?
A lot of people wonder about different oils and how they can help you. An oil is an oil, so they will always contain fat, but some are better choices than others. According to healthline there are plenty of potential benefits you may want to look into when considering the use of sesame oil. You may be using this in heavy rotation in your dressings from now on – you’re welcome!
Are tamari and soy sauce the same thing?
Tamari is a fermented Japanese soy sauce. It has less salt and is thicker than soy sauce. It is considered to have a more balanced flavor, hence why we are using it here in our dressing. While it typically contains very little wheat, unlike the traditional soy sauce, check the label to make sure it is gluten free. It is vegetarian and vegan but, unfortunately for you paleo and keto folks, it is not on your lists.
Some people would use tamari as a substitute for soy sauce, but they do have their differences. By using tamari in this dressing we are embracing our gluten free friends (check labels!), and achieving a less salty, more balanced, fermented soy flavor. I tried it both ways, and Eric and I enjoyed this way best. He approved, so it must be good, right?
Where can I buy these esoteric ingredients and other uses
Well they aren’t esoteric at all!
- Buying these ingredients should be pretty easy. You can either purchase them on Amazon, or through your local grocery stores. I was able to find them easily enough in a traditional store. They had the oil right in the specialty section, on a kiosk in the center of an aisle. The tamari was right next to the soy sauce.
- Other uses for either ingredient are sauces, marinades and, you guessed it, more dressings! Tamari is a little more versatile because you can cook with it, whereas I would not cook with the toasted sesame oil except on low low heat or at the very end since it has a lower smoking point.
Please be sure to let us know what you’re using this dressing on in the comments below!
Toasted Sesame Oil and Ginger Dressing
- 2 tablespoons reduced-sodium tamari
- 2 tablespoons white vinegar
- 2 teaspoons ginger dried
- 2 garlic cloves pressed
- 1 1/2 tablespoons honey
- 3 tablespoons olive oil extra-virgin
- 2 tablespoons toasted sesame oil
- Place all the ingredients in a bowl and whisk together.
- Use immediately or store for later use. (You’ll have to whisk it together before use as it will separate.)
- If you want to make this recipe vegan, simply swap out the honey for agave.
- This recipe will keep in the refrigerator, however you will need to whisk or shake it bake together to emulsify it again as it will separate.