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Top view of goma dare topped with sesame seeds and sesame oil.

Goma Dare - Japanese Sesame Sauce

A creamy, nutty, Japanese sesame sauce known as Goma Dare. It's perfect for dipping pork and veggies in shabu shabu hot pot, drizzling over crisp salads or freshly cooked noodles.
Course Condiment
Cuisine Japanese
Prep Time 2 minutes
Total Time 2 minutes
Servings 4 serves
Calories 278kcal
Cost $5



  • Add all of the ingredients (tahini, soy sauce, mirin, rice vinegar, sugar, Kewpie mayonnaise, red miso paste, dashi powder and sesame oil) into a small mixing bowl.
    6 tbsp tahini, 2 tbsp soy sauce, 2 tbsp mirin, 2 tbsp rice vinegar, 2 tbsp sugar, 4 tbsp Kewpie mayonnaise, 1 tsp red miso paste, 1/2 tsp dashi powder, 1/2 tsp sesame oil
  • Mix well to make sure everything is evenly blended.
  • To serve, pour 2 tablespoons of the goma dare sesame sauce into a small dipping bowl for each person.


Wandercook’s Tips
  • Adding mayonnaise makes the sauce slightly thicker and creamier, but you can leave it out if you
  • This sauce can also be used as a dip for raw veggies, drizzled over freshly cooked noodles, or even spread over grilled chicken or Japanese hamburgers for extra flavour.
  • To use it as a salad dressing, thin it out a little with extra water or a splash of rice wine vinegar.
  • For a beautiful garnish, sprinkle with white or black sesame seeds and a swirl of sesame oil.
  • When serving, add a small dob of minced ginger for extra flavour.
  • What do you usually eat with goma dare? This sauce is perfect for hot pots, but you can also use it as a tasty salad dressing
  • Is sesame sauce gluten free? To make this sauce gluten free, be careful when selecting your base ingredients. Soy sauce and miso can often have gluten present, and some brands of tahini have gluten added to thicken them up.
  • How long does sesame sauce last? This sauce is best stored in a clean glass jar in the fridge. It should keep for a week or so when stored this way, but as with anything, it’s best to check the sauce before using if it’s been in there a while.
Variations & Substitutes
  • For a vegan version, use kombu dashi powder and omit the mayonnaise. The sauce will be slightly less thick and creamy but still taste thoroughly delicious!
  • If you want to avoid MSG, substitute the dashi powder and add 1 tsp salt instead, also omit the mayonnaise.
  • Rice wine vinegar can be substituted with regular vinegar or apple cider vinegar.
  • Red miso can be substituted with white miso or left out altogether.


Calories: 278kcal | Carbohydrates: 15g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 23g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 6mg | Sodium: 721mg | Potassium: 122mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 8g | Vitamin A: 15IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 32mg | Iron: 1mg