Having been a staple of our diet for thousands of years, sesame oil comes with a host of old wives’ tales about the different medicinal benefits it brings, but now that modern science is catching up, there is empirical evidence they were right all along!
Taste and Cooking
Sesame cooking oil has an unmistakably unique, delicious, nutty flavour, that brings recipes to life.
It is most popular in Asia, especially in Korea, China, South India, where its widespread use is as prized as Olive Oil in the Mediterranean.
With a high smoking point, sesame oil is great for deep-frying, as well as BBQ’s and regular shallow frying and stir-fry dishes.
Incredible health benefits of Sesame oil
Confirming what generations before us have been saying for years, sesame seeds come with an impressive list of health benefits.
Hair and Skin
Sesame oil is a great source of Vitamin E, which can help protect skin from environmental factors, such as UV rays, toxins, and pollutions.
A 2007 study by the Yale Journal of Biology and Medicine found that the oil can help reduce blood pressure in hypertensive patients.
The study also proved that sesame oil also has beneficial effects on the levels of triglyceride, electrolytes, lipid peroxidation, and antioxidants.
Another report to the American Heart Association’s annual meeting came to the same conclusion.
Researchers studied over 300 men and women with high blood pressure and switched them to sesame as their exclusive cooking oil.
Two months later, the patients’ average blood pressure dropped into the normal range!
Sesame cooking oil is rich in lignans that cause the body to release more fat-burning liver enzymes.
A 2006 study, once again from the Yale Journal of Biology and Medicine found that participants who consumed about two and a half tablespoons of the oil daily lost an average of 1.2 Kilos in just over a month.
When subjects stopped consuming sesame oil, they started to put the weight that they had lost back on.
Sesame oil lowers cholesterol
Many studies have shown sesame oil has been shown to affect cholesterol and triglyceride levels, mainly due to its main component sesamin.
This can help block absorption of cholesterol from the small intestine, with one study showing that just 3.6 mg of sesamin lowered total cholesterol levels by 8% after only two months.
Steak cashew stir fry
Sesame cooking oil is at its very best in a stir fry, and this mouth-watering recipe will excite the tastebuds and satisfy your tummy! Simply follow the instructions below or check out this how-to video, and in only 15 minutes you can be sitting down to a delicious, healthy meal!
- 1 tablespoon Extra Virgin Sesame oil
- 350g / 12oz strip steaks, cut into thin slices
- 1 brown onion, cut into thin wedges
- 1 red and 1 green capsicum, deseeded, cut into slices
- 1 cup fresh broccoli stems (optional)
- 1 teaspoon grated fresh ginger
- 1 teaspoon crushed garlic
- 1 large red chilli, deseeded and chopped into thin slices
- 1/4 cup (60ml / 2fl.oz) hoisin sauce
- 1 1/2 tablespoons oyster sauce
- 1 1/2 tablespoons soy sauce
- Toasted cashew nuts, to serve
- Steamed rice, to serve
Heat half the Extra Virgin Sesame oil in a large wok over high heat, gently tilting the wok to allow the oil to completely coat the side of the wok. Cook the beef pieces in batches, for 1-2 minutes, until well browned. Remove from the wok and set aside.
Heat the remaining oil in the wok over medium-high heat. Add the onion, capsicum, broccoli, ginger, garlic, and chilli. Cook, tossing, for 3-4 minutes or until just tender.
Return the beef to the wok with the combined sauces. Toss until well combined and heated through.
Scatter over the cashews and serve with steamed rice.
Only the best Sesame oil for our customers
Sesame seeds are chock full of goodness, and thanks to our cold-pressed extraction method, we are able to keep most of those natural benefits in our final bottled oil.
No chemicals or other ingredients are used in the production of our sesame oil, and it contains no trans fats, additives, preservatives, or artificial ingredients, allowing you to rest assured – you’re only getting the purest oil possible, just as nature intended.
If you have any questions about us or our delicious and healthy sesame oil, then please don’t hesitate to contact us today.