Sesame seeds are often used in Asian dishes, but toasting them first really brings out the sesame flavor before adding them to a recipe. It only takes a few minutes to toast them to add that bonus flavor to your dish, whether adding them before cooking or as a garnish on top of a dish.
Use a frying pan with plenty of room, ensuring the sesame seeds are in a single layer only. Toast sesame seeds over medium heat, shaking the pan to ensure they brown on both sides. Seeds will turn brown and smell fragrant when they are toasted enough. Do not leave them unattended as they can burn in only a few minutes.
If you prefer to toast them in the oven, preheat overn to 325F. Spread out in a single layer on a baking sheet and bake until they turn brown and are fragrant.
You can store toasted sesame seeds in an airtight container at room temperature.
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