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Gomasio: The Subtle Sesame Salt Seasoning For Rice

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Gomasio is a Japanese seasoning made from sesame seeds and salt. It is used to add flavor to food, and can be found in some Japanese dishes.

To make gomasio, you will need:

  • 1/4 cup sesame seeds
  • 1 teaspoon salt

The key to the right taste is using unhulled sesame seeds for the recipe.

Gomasio sesame salt

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What does “gomasio” mean?

The word “gomasio” is a combination of the Japanese words for “unhulled sesame” (goma) and “salt” (shio).

It’s also often spelled as gomashio, but because of the abbreviation, the “h” fell away. Gomasio and Gomashio are the same thing and translate to “sesame salt.”

What does gomasio taste like?

Gomasio has a nutty and salty flavor. The sesame seeds add richness and depth of flavor to a dish.

What’s the difference between gomasio and furikake?

Furikake is a Japanese rice seasoning that is also made with sesame seeds and salt. However, furikake also contains other ingredients such as seaweed, dried fish, and spices. This gives it a more complex flavor than gomasio.

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What’s the difference between gomasio and togarashi?

Togarashi is a Japanese chili pepper spice blend that also contains sesame seeds. However, togarashi is much spicier than gomasio due to the addition of chili peppers.

How do you use gomasio?

Gomasio can be used in many different ways. It is often sprinkled on rice, salads, or soups. It can also be used as a seasoning for grilled meats or vegetables and is often used in dishes like sekihan.

Is gomasio healthy?

Yes, gomasio is healthy! The sesame seeds in gomasio are a good source of fiber, protein, and healthy fats. They also contain minerals such as calcium, iron, and magnesium. Additionally, the salt in gomasio can help to stimulate the digestive system and aid digestion.


Gomasio is used in a lot of different ways, very good for you, and it’s such a simple blend. Start using a little in your cooking today and you’ll love it like I have.

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Joost Nusselder, the founder of Bite My Bun is a content marketer, dad and loves trying out new food with Japanese food at the heart of his passion, and together with his team he's been creating in-depth blog articles since 2016 to help loyal readers with recipes and cooking tips.