Recipes

30-Second Sesame Sauce

Dunk grilled meats or freshly cut crudite into this sweet-and-salty dip.

  • Serves

    makes 1 cup

  • Cook

    10 minutes

PHOTOGRAPHY BY LINDA XIAO; FOOD STYLING BY JASON SCHREIBER; PROP STYLING BY SUMMER MOORE
Megan Zhang

By Megan Zhang


Published on June 27, 2022

This sesame sauce is assertive without overpowering the fresh vegetables or meats being dunked into it. Toasted sesame paste, a widely used ingredient in Chinese cuisine, lends it an intensely earthy aroma that’s subdued by creamy Greek yogurt, which also lightens the texture.

Ingredients

  • ¼ cups toasted sesame paste (2¼ oz.)
  • 2 tbsp. plain full-fat Greek yogurt
  • 1 tbsp. light soy sauce
  • 2 tsp. honey
  • 2 tsp. toasted sesame oil
  • 1 tsp. rice vinegar
  • 1 garlic clove, finely chopped

Instructions

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In a bowl, stir together the sesame paste, yogurt, soy sauce, honey, sesame oil, rice vinegar, and garlic. Whisk in 1 tablespoon of cool water, then add more as needed until you have a smooth, slightly runny sauce. Transfer to an airtight container and refrigerate until ready to use. (The sauce will keep for 5 days; serve cold or at room temperature, thinned with additional water if necessary.)

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