Chinese Sesame Paste Substitute

Chinese Sesame paste substitute
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  • 13 mins
  • Prep: 8 mins,
  • Cook: 5 mins
  • Yield: 1/2 cup (4 servings)
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Chinese sesame paste is made from toasted white sesame seeds. The rice flavour of Chinese sesame paste makes it very popular in different regions of Chinese cuisine, particularly in Sichuan cuisine. Most of the Chinese sesame pastes you’ll find in Asian/Chinese supermarkets are usually found in jars. The paste is pretty solid with some oil floating on the top. Remember to mix evenly before you use it.

There are various brands of Chinese sesame paste and it’s up to you to choose which brand you like.

Here are some of the health benefits of sesame seeds:

  • Sesame seeds contain very high levels of quality protein.
  • Eating sesame seeds and oil can prevent diabetes because sesame seeds contain magnesium and other nutrients. They can also help our body to generate plasma glucose in hypersensitive diabetics.
  • Eating sesame seeds can lower your blood pressure because sesame seeds are high in magnesium and magnesium is well known to help to lower the blood pressure.
  • Lower bad cholesterol because it’s high in phytosterols. Black sesame especially contains much higher levels of phytosterols than white sesame seeds.
  • Sesame seeds contain high levels of zinc which is very good for both your skin and bones.
  • Sesame seeds are not only good for your skin they are also good for your hair. 
  • Sesame seeds are also high in fiber so consuming sesame seeds in your diet is a good way to boost your digestive health and can also help to relieve constipation.
  • Sesame seeds contain magnesium so regular consumption in your diet can help your respiratory health and prevent asthma.

I usually use Tahini sauce as one of my main sesame paste substitutes. Tahini sauce tastes similar to Chinese sesame paste but it’s not as strong. This is due to the sesame seeds in Chinese sesame paste being toasted while those in tahini sauce aren’t.

Otherwise, you can also mix 4 teaspoons of peanut butter with ½ teaspoon sesame oil. If you like the paste to have a stronger sesame taste, please use toasted sesame oil.

Alternatively, you can make your own Chinese sesame paste from scratch and trust me, it’s very easy and also quick. All you need is just white sesame seeds and vegetable oil or olive oil.

What You'll Need

  • 1 cup white sesame seeds
  • 1 cup vegetable oil (or other light tasting oil)

How to Make It

  1. Toast your white sesame seed first. You can check my article “ How To Toast Sesame Seeds” for more tips and choose different methods that suit you to toast sesame seeds.
  2. After the sesame seeds are toasted, leave them to cool down a little bit but add blend in a food processor while they are still warm. Start processing them in a food processor at medium speed.
  3. Once the sesame seeds have been crushed, turn the food processor speed to low and slowly pour in the oil. Process until you got the density you like and stop the machine. You might need more oil or less oil it’s up to you. That’s why my instruction is “slowly pour in the oil” so once the sesame paste has reached the density you like then you can stop pouring the oil immediately.
  1. Store the sesame paste in a dry, clean and air-tight jar and I usually store it in the refrigerator. It should be able to store for 1 month. 
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
Calories 683
Total Fat 72 g
Saturated Fat 6 g
Unsaturated Fat 46 g
Cholesterol 0 mg
Sodium 8 mg
Carbohydrates 8 g
Dietary Fiber 5 g
Protein 6 g
(The nutrition information on our recipes is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate. Individual results may vary.)