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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 138kcal


  • 30 grams toasted sesame seeds ~1/4 cup
  • 5 grams katsuobushi
  • ½ cup tahini or Asian sesame paste
  • ½ cup water
  • ¼ cup soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1 tablespoon toasted sesame oil
  • ¼ teaspoon salt


  • 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.
  • Add the tahini, water, soy sauce, sugar, sesame oil, and salt and blend until smooth.
    Blending Japanese Sesame Sauce.
  • 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. 


Calories: 138kcal | Carbohydrates: 6g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 12g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 5g | Monounsaturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 1mg | Sodium: 486mg | Potassium: 107mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 10IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 60mg | Iron: 1mg