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Shabu Shabu Salad with nutty Japanese sesame dressing is a quick yet satisfying meal for a hot summer day.

Japanese Sesame Sauce

Although it's most commonly associated with Shabu Shabu, Japanese sesame sauce or Goma Dare is a versatile condiment used for dipping, dressing, or seasoning a wide variety of foods. My Goma Dare recipe is easy to make in the blender and makes for a creamy umami-rich sauce that's packed with sesame flavor.
Course Condiments & Pickles
Cuisine Japanese
Keyword dressing, sauce, sesame
Level Beginner
Main Ingredient Grains & Seeds
Diet Dairy-Free, Pescatarian
Prep Time 3 minutes
Total Time 3 minutes
Servings 8 servings
Calories 138 kcal


  • 30 grams toasted sesame seeds ~1/4 cup
  • 5 grams katsuobushi
  • 1/2 cup tahini or Asian sesame paste
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1 tablespoon toasted sesame oil
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt


  1. Add the toasted sesame seeds and katsuobushi to a blender or food processor and blend until the mixture becomes powder.
    Grinding sesame seeds in a blender.
  2. Add the tahini, water, soy sauce, sugar, sesame oil, and salt and blend until smooth.
    Blending Japanese Sesame Sauce.
  3. Store in a sealed container in the refrigerator until you are ready to use it. It should last at least 2 weeks.


This recipe makes 1 1/2 cups of sauce. 

Nutrition Facts
Japanese Sesame Sauce
Amount Per Serving
Calories 138 Calories from Fat 108
% Daily Value*
Fat 12g18%
Saturated Fat 2g10%
Polyunsaturated Fat 5g
Monounsaturated Fat 4g
Cholesterol 1mg0%
Sodium 486mg20%
Potassium 107mg3%
Carbohydrates 6g2%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 2g2%
Protein 4g8%
Vitamin A 10IU0%
Vitamin C 1mg1%
Calcium 60mg6%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.