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Sarah’s Creamy Japanese Sesame Dressing

20/05/2021 (Last Updated: 24/05/2021)

Grab your hot chips, burgers or sushi bowls – it’s time to slather them in Sarah’s Creamy Sesame Dressing. Whipped up in a minute, this versatile Japanese sauce is SO necessary with your next meal!

Small bowl of creamy sesame dressing topped with rayu chilli oil.

Why We Love This

A versatile sauce that can be made in one minute and used for so many different purposes. Spruce up a salad, or use it as a dipping sauce – it’s completely up to you.

The best part is it can keep in the fridge for up to a month, so it’s ready to grab when you need it most.

Sesame dressing alongside a sushi bowl.

What is Sesame Dressing? 

A simple Japanese sauce you can easily make at home, this sesame dressing is the creamy Asian sauce you’ve been looking for. Made from just 5 ingredients, it uses Kewpie mayonnaise as a base mixed with tahini, sesame oil, mirin and soy sauce.

In Japan, this sauce is often served over shredded lettuce or with cabbage. You can also use it as a replacement for mayonnaise when making coleslaw!

What You’ll Need

  • Kewpie Mayonnaise – This mayo is on a whole other level on the flavour scale and is, in our opinion, far tastier than it’s Western whole-egg counterpart. You can pick it up at most supermarkets or Asian grocers. If you really can’t find it, we’d recommend you try and make your own Kewpie, or sub with whole egg mayo.
  • Tahini – Hulled and natural tahini works well, you can also use unhulled or roasted tahini for an extra nutty finish.
  • Soy Sauce – Japanese soy sauce such as Kikkoman will work best here, as it’s less salty than other varieties. Otherwise, sub with regular soy sauce or tamari if you need.
  • Mirin – Mirin is a sweet cooking wine, that balances the salty and earthy flavours. Sub with a teaspoon of sugar, or regular rice wine for a more savoury finish.
  • Sesame Oil – We love adding this for a little extra flavour, you can sub with homemade rayu chilli oil if you’d like to add heat along with the sesame oil.
Ingredients laid out to make sesame dressing.

Wandercook’s Tips

  • Lumpy Tahini? If your tahini is a little hard, you can try zapping it in the microwave for 10-15 seconds to help soften it. If you’re still finding it lumpy when trying to combine, run the sauce through a sieve for an extra smooth and creamy result.
  • Add Heat – Top with Rayu Chilli Oil for a nice touch of heat.

FAQs

What can I use sesame dressing for?

All the things!
Seriously though, this creamy sesame dressing is perfect on sushi bowls, Japanese style hamburgers, as a salad dressing or as a dipping sauce for hot chips, fried spring rolls or fresh cold rolls.

How long does sesame dressing last?

When stored in an airtight and sterilised jar or container, it will last up to a month in the fridge.

Can I buy store bought sesame dressing instead?

You can, although it will taste different to this recipe. For a closer result to store bought you can make goma dare sesame sauce. If you wish to buy store bought, Kewpie’s Sesame Dressing is the closest match.

Dish with creamy sesame dressing and a swirl of chilli oil.

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White dish filled with creamy sesame sauce and a dash of rayu.

Sarah’s Creamy Sesame Dressing

Grab your hot chips, burgers or sushi bowls – it’s time to slather them in Sarah’s Creamy Sesame Dressing. Whipped up in a minute, this versatile Japanese sauce is SO necessary with your next meal!
Prep Time: 1 minute
Total Time: 1 minute
Course: Condiment
Cuisine: Japanese
Servings: 1 jar
Calories: 688kcal
Author: Wandercooks
Cost: $3

Ingredients

Instructions

  • In a small dish, mix the Kewpie mayonnaise and tahini together until combined. Then add the mirin, soy sauce and sesame oil and mix again until nice and smooth.
  • Pop straight over sushi bowls, into small dipping bowls or into a sterilised jar and store in the fridge for up to a month.

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Recipe Notes

  • Lumpy Tahini? If your tahini is a little hard, you can try zapping it in the microwave for 10-15 seconds to help soften it. If you’re still finding it lumpy when trying to combine, run the sauce through a sieve for an extra smooth and creamy result.
  • Kewpie Mayonnaise – Found at most supermarkets or Asian grocers. Or sub with whole egg mayo.
  • Tahini – Hulled and natural tahini works well, you can also use unhulled or roasted tahini for an extra nutty finish.
  • Soy Sauce – Japanese soy sauce such as Kikkoman will work best here, as it’s less salty than other varieties. Otherwise, sub with regular soy sauce or tamari if you need.
  • Mirin – Sub with a teaspoon of sugar, or regular rice wine for a more savoury finish.
  • Sesame Oil – We love adding this for a little extra flavour, you can sub with homemade rayu chilli oil if you’d like to add heat along with the sesame oil.

Nutrition

Calories: 688kcal | Carbohydrates: 7g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 72g | Saturated Fat: 11g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 35mg | Sodium: 1284mg | Potassium: 88mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 61IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 23mg | Iron: 1mg
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