How to Make Gomashio




Introduction: How to Make Gomashio

Gomashio is a seasoning made form sesame seeds. It originates from Japanese cuisine. Today, it is very much appreciated in macrobiotic cuisine. It is suggested that you use it instead of salt.

This is by far my favorite seasoning. Few years ago I was introduced to gomashio through macrobiotics and ever since than I can not get enough of it. I literally use it in every salty dish. :)

It is said to de-acidify the blood, strengthen digestion and improve energy immediately.

As you'll see in this instructable, it has very little salt, but still when yo use it your craving for salty will not suffer. I use to eat a lot of salt. You know how kids like to stick their fingers in suggar and lick them? Well, me and salt had the same kind of relationship sine the beginning of time. Now, I have a healthy version of that relationship with gomashio. :)


1 tsp of sea salt

12 tsp sesame seeds


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Step 1: Toast Salt

In a wide skillet add salt and toast over low heat. Toast until salt turns gray color.

Set aside.

Note: It is best to use cast iron skillet.

Step 2: Toast Sesam

Spread sesame seeds over skillet and toast on low heat.

Stir constantly with a wooden spoon until it gets that nice brown color. Make sure you watch over them all the time because they can easily burn. And trust me you don't want that. :)

Step 3: Grind

Grind sesame seeds and salt together in a suribachi so the seeds crack open and release their oils. The more you grind the better. You don't have to crash all the seeds. Around 90% is perfect.

Suribachi is a type of a mortar. What's so special about suribachi? Its sides are not flat but ridged. This makes it easy for seed to crack when you press them with the pestle.

Step 4: Store

When you are satisfied with the result tore gomashio in a tightly closed glass jar and keep in a cool dry place.

It is best to use it in the next 1 days. Though it can last much longer.

Bon apetit and let me know if you try it. :)

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    3 Discussions


    3 years ago

    That looks great. I'll try it! Thanks for the tips.


    3 years ago

    Would try it to reduce salt intake. What else could be used in place of suribachi.


    3 years ago

    It looks yummy :) Thanks for sharing!