Sesame Seed Oil
Characteristics: dark and thick oil with a strong, fragrant smell
Made with: sesame seeds
Commonly used in: marinades and stir frys
Sesame seed oil is a popular ingredient in many Asian cuisines. Rather than using it to coat a pan or to fry something, this oil is great to add extra flavor in a marinade or stir fry. Because of it's strength, it can be used in small amounts and still give a big impact. When shopping for sesame seed oil, look for a darker color with a bit of a thick consistency (will coat the bottle instead of run off the sides) to ensure maximum flavor.
Sesame seed oil is a key in the marinade for this grilled tofu dish.