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sesame oil

Pronunciation: [SEHS-uh-mee]

Expressed from sesame seed, sesame oil comes in two basic types. One is light in color and flavor and has a deliciously nutty nuance. It's excellent for everything from salad dressings to sautéing. The darker, Asian sesame oil has a much stronger flavor and fragrance and is used as a flavor accent for some Asian dishes. Sesame oil is high in polyunsaturated fats ranking fourth behind safflower, soybean and corn oil. Its average is 420°F, making it excellent for frying. Sesame oil is particularly popular in India as well as in the Orient. See also fats and oils.