Japanese Black Sesame Paste

Japanese black sesame paste

Judy Ung

  • Total: 7 mins
  • Prep: 5 mins
  • Cook: 2 mins
  • Servings: 6 servings
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
643 Calories
33g Fat
86g Carbs
12g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 6
Amount per serving
Calories 643
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 33g 43%
Saturated Fat 5g 23%
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 20mg 1%
Total Carbohydrate 86g 31%
Dietary Fiber 10g 35%
Protein 12g
Calcium 398mg 31%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

Black sesame paste, known in Japanese as “neri goma," is a basic ingredient in Japanese and Asian cuisines. The thick black paste imparts a roasted nutty flavor with deep earthy undertones. 

Japanese black sesame paste is often sweetened with sugar or honey and is popular as an ingredient in pastries and baked goods. You also can include black sesame paste in rice cakes, pudding, ice cream, oatmeal, milk, smoothies, and sauces.

However, the simplest and quickest way to enjoy black sesame paste is to spread it on a slice of toasted sandwich bread, or what is known as “shokupan” in Japanese. In addition to its deep earthy flavors, black sesame seeds are touted by some to be rich in calcium and zinc, as well as fiber. To make it at home, you'll need a food processor or a ​mini food processor to grind the black sesame seeds into a paste.


  • 1/2 cup whole black sesame seeds
  • 3 to 4 tablespoons honey

Steps to Make It

  1. In a small pan, roast whole black sesame seeds over medium heat. Constantly shake the pan back and forth so that the sesame seeds do not burn. Roast for about 2 minutes. Remove pan from heat and set aside.

  2. Once the sesame seeds have cooled to room temperature, combine roasted sesame seeds with honey in a food processor. 4 tablespoons of honey create a texture that is easy to spread and work with; however, if you prefer a paste that is less sweet, try 3 tablespoons of honey — the texture will be thicker and slightly drier.

  3. Best if used immediately but the paste may be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator.