sesame oil


Definition of sesame oil 

: a pale yellow bland semidrying fatty oil obtained from sesame seeds and used chiefly as an edible oil, as a vehicle for various pharmaceuticals, and in cosmetics and soaps

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Make dressing: In bowl of a food processor, combine garlic, ginger, nut butter, lime juice, soy sauce, agave nectar and sesame oil. Terri Milligan, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Keep your cool: No-heat cooking keeps you comfortable and the food fresh," 5 July 2018 Purée garlic, ginger, hoisin sauce, fish sauce, honey, wine, chili oil, oyster sauce, and sesame oil in a blender until very smooth. Bon Appetit, "Sticky-Sweet Grilled Pork Shoulder," 28 May 2018 Mix in soy sauce, sesame oil, honey, salt and black pepper. Nancy Miller, The Courier-Journal, "Constantly evolving MilkWood helps shape Louisville's food scene," 19 June 2018 Makes 6 servings 2 flank steaks (3 to 3½ pounds total) To continue reading this story, TRY IT NOW ½ cup soy sauce ¼ cup honey ¼ cup mirin 2 tablespoons dark sesame oil1 teaspoon Sriracha sauce Instructions: Trim any excess fat from the flank steak. San Antonio Express-News, "Recipe: Asian-style Glazed Flank Steak," 2 July 2018 Kapur clarifies that the mixture of tamari, sesame oil, ginger, jalapeño and scallions is not a marinade but a seasoning, and his cooks season all poke to order. Ali Bouzari,, "Housemade: The magic of Liholiho Yacht Club," 22 June 2018 Add the sesame oil and garlic and cook, stirring, until fragrant. Adam Ried,, "Recipes: Give breakfast Middle Eastern flair with green shakshuka," 6 Apr. 2018 For the Peanut Sauce: 1 cup honey roasted peanuts; 1/2 cup coconut milk; 1/4 cup lime juice; 2 tsp sesame oil; 2 T tamari soy sauce. Christina Pérez, Vogue, "Vegetarian Grilling Ideas Sure To Impress Even The Judge-iest BBQ Guests," 3 July 2018 Stir in the soy sauce, toasted sesame oil and sesame seeds. Yotam Ottolenghi, sacbee, "These stalks are the talk of Great Britain | The Sacramento Bee," 17 Apr. 2018

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1870, in the meaning defined above

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Medical Definition of sesame oil 

: a pale yellow bland semidrying fatty oil obtained from sesame seeds and used chiefly as an edible oil, as a vehicle for various pharmaceuticals, and in cosmetics and soaps

called also benne oil, teel oil

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