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Sesame Dressing Recipe

Sesame Dressing is a mayo based dressing with a burst of sesame flavor that is popular for salad in Japan.   It has more calories than soy sauce based dressings, but it tastes so good.  There are a lot of bottled sesame dressings at Japanese supermarkets, but it is very easy to make at home.

Sesame Dressing of course goes very well with green salad, but it’s also great on meat, like our picture here.  We used the dressing for boiled thinly sliced pork and thinly sliced cucumber. To cook the meat, we dipped the pork in hot water for a few seconds until cooked through (do not over cook).  Steamed vegetables are good too.  And you may also like it on cold noodles.

You can use ground sesame seeds, but if you would like to have maximum sesame flavor, grind your own sesame seeds.

Sesame Dressing


  • 5 Tbsp Mayonnaise
  • 1 Tbsp rice vinegar
  • 2 tsp soy sauce
  • 1-2 tsp sugar
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2 Tbsp ground sesame seeds
  • 2 tsp sesame oil


  1. Place all the ingredients In a bowl, and mix well.

Sesame Dressing Recipe

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  • Lewis
    December 11, 2013 at 6:00 pm

    Thanks for the recipe! I feel like I can never find a sesame dressing recipe that reminds me of Japan, but this one is PERFECT! Oishi!

    • Noriko
      December 16, 2013 at 9:08 am

      thanks for your comment! Glad you liked the recipe!

  • Hector Calderas
    February 5, 2014 at 1:19 pm

    thanks, for the recipe is ecxelent, my memory go back trouhg your home town i believe, i just to be in osaka for allittle while so congratulations.

    • Noriko
      February 10, 2014 at 9:04 am

      glad you liked it!

  • Ana
    February 15, 2014 at 2:46 am

    Hi Noriko, thanks for the recipe. How long can I keep it in the refrigerator for later use?

    • Noriko
      February 23, 2014 at 6:06 pm

      I would finish using it in a week or so.

  • Glenn
    February 28, 2014 at 2:32 pm

    Hi Noriko,

    Thank you for sharing this simple-to-make Sesame dressing. I will definitely try this one. 🙂

    And i have one question, just in case i cant find any rice vinegar, is there an alternative ingredient for that, or any kind of vinegar will do?

    Thanks and keep up the good work 🙂

    • Noriko
      March 2, 2014 at 11:37 pm

      use a less distinctive flavored vinegar like white vinegar.

      • Glenn
        March 8, 2014 at 12:18 am

        Thanks Noriko. 🙂

  • cesar ramirez
    March 6, 2014 at 8:03 pm

    my favorite dressing

  • Elle
    March 31, 2014 at 10:07 pm

    I love this recipe! I got addicted to this dressing while living in Japan!~ Now I can make it myself! It tastes great!

    • Noriko
      September 14, 2014 at 4:31 pm


      That’s awesome! We love it too!

  • evelyn
    April 28, 2014 at 2:04 am

    Do you use regular mayonnaise or japanese mayonnaise? Would it make a difference if you use one from the other?

    • Noriko
      April 28, 2014 at 9:55 pm

      we use Japanese mayo. It tastes totally different. If you’re going to use American mayo, add lemon juice and salt to it.

      • evelyn
        April 29, 2014 at 4:24 am

        I’ve made it and it takes good and yummy. It’s just like the commercial roasted sesame dressing that I buy. If the dressing is too thick, what can I add to make it a little bit thin or syrupy?

        • Noriko
          May 3, 2014 at 5:16 pm

          milk would be good to dilute, but adjust seasonings.

  • evelyn
    May 3, 2014 at 2:22 pm

    Thanks for the recipe. I made it and my family loved it. It was quite thick so how can I make it thinner? What ingredient should I add? Thank you.

  • Nobuchan
    June 10, 2014 at 6:08 pm

    I toasted the sesame seeds in a pan, then used the suribachi to grind them into a paste. I used regular mayo. Salad of spring mix baby greens, sliced tomato and sliced avocado. Delicious! Thank you!

    • Noriko
      September 14, 2014 at 1:21 pm

      thanks for trying our Sesame Dressing recipe! We have many salad recipes so come back soon!

  • Jennifer Thompson
    July 12, 2014 at 7:31 pm

    Delicious! Made with subs: american veganaise, lime, brown sugar, and tahini. Amazing!

    • Noriko
      September 13, 2014 at 5:27 pm

      glad you liked the Sesame Dressing recipe with your substitutions!

  • Jo
    October 4, 2014 at 10:01 pm

    Thanks for this recipe – this dressing is delicious. I have pretty much just been eating this on steamed greens since finding it a week or so ago! Great site too – so many yummy dishes I want to try!

    • Noriko
      October 11, 2014 at 4:46 pm

      glad you liked our Sesame Dressing. We’ll have a new recipe of Carrot Ginger Dressing very soon, and try that too!

  • Sarah Carpio
    February 3, 2016 at 3:11 am

    Can I instead use coconut vinegar instead of rice vinegar?

    • Noriko
      February 5, 2016 at 1:15 pm

      Never tried before… Let us know if you make it!

  • Tam
    March 6, 2016 at 5:19 pm

    Thanks for including substitution for Japanese mayonnaise. Getting Japanese mayonnaise costs as much around here as just buying the dressing, though it probably rounds up to more.

  • Cyn H.
    March 12, 2016 at 9:12 pm

    This turned out great with the ingredients shown but I felt like it was a tiny bit different from my local sushi restaurants. So I added some grated white onion and about 2 tsp of ketchup and I think I nalied the taste I was going for! Thanks so much for sharing this recipe. ✌

  • Hannah
    April 7, 2016 at 11:02 am

    Just got back from Japan and was craving the sesame dressing I enjoyed while visiting. Whipped this up yesterday and was brought right back. Sooo tasty and right on point with what I was craving. Thanks so much for posting!

  • Noor
    July 31, 2016 at 11:17 pm

    Hi there thank you for this recipe.i try it it’s really good. I love it…. I have try many of your recipe already…..,, amazing…

  • Jenny Sophorn
    September 18, 2016 at 6:02 am

    Hi, thanks for posting this. It’s my favorite dressing ever, especially with cold noodle. I’m very curious of the detail about Mayonnaise, is it a specific one for Japanese cooking? Would you mind to show a video of how to do mayo (Japanese way)?


  • Shena
    September 24, 2016 at 5:51 am

    Hi there – if using american mayo – how much lemon & salt would you add – thanks!

  • Veronica
    October 4, 2016 at 1:16 pm

    Thanks for this recipe. I’ve been experimenting on this dressing because it’s so difficult to find it here in Scotland. I loved it when we were in Japan. Now I can make my own. Thanks. By the way I used sushi vinegar because I have it handy. Do you think it makes a difference? Or should I look for rice vinegar only?

  • Marci
    December 11, 2016 at 7:01 pm

    This sauce was so tasty. Its exactly what i was looking for to eat on grilled ahi or as a salad dressing.