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All-Purpose Basic Asian Sesame Dressing: Secret Ingredients To Bring Authentic Asian Flavor

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A dressing is called “Asian” or “Japanese” assumed to be made of soy sauce and toasted sesame oil, and maybe with rice vinegar.

When adding toasted sesame seeds, it’ll be called “sesame dressing”, and it’ll be called “Japanese ginger dressing” when adding freshly grated ginger.

It’s so simple and the recipe for Asian dressing can’t be much different.

So, why you should take my recipe?

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Why Should You Make My Asian Sesame Dressing?

  1. Since it is made of simple ingredients, I recommend Authentic sesame dressing.
  2. Adding chicken bouillon powder, it can bring the authentic rich Asian flavor instantly.
  3. It’s an all-purpose dressing, you can use this dressing for salad, stir-fry, marinating, dipping sauce.
  4. When you add fresh ginger, it’ll turn to be ginger dressing, and when you add wasabi, it’ll turn to be Wasabi dressing.

The Best Toasted Sesame Oil For Asian Sesame Dressing

Since it is a simple and easy Asian dressing recipe, I highly recommend using high-quality toasted sesame oil.

This is my favorite toasted sesame oil, Korean authentic, rich toasted sesame oil.

It is made from 100% whole sesame seeds.

Since Ottogi toasted sesame oil is so flavorful and rich strong aroma, it is the best sesame oil for fresh food dishes.

Another recommendation is Kadoya pure sesame oil.

If you like a little milder sesame oil, this is the one.

Kadoya Sesame oil is carefully pressed oil from roasting high-quality sesame seeds at a high temperature.

Gentle nice but flavourful sesame aroma.

It is a long-selling product in Japan.

The Secret Ingredient For Asian Sesame Dressing

By adding Chinese-style chicken bouillon powder as well as sesame oil and soy sauce to make a dressing, you can easily create Asian flavors to any salad.

Not only for the dressing, but you can also add it for soup, stir-fry, and stuffing for dumplings.

This is the must item if you like Asian food.

Versatile! 7 Flavors From This Asian Sesame Dressing

  1. Ginger
  2. Wasabi
  3. Gochujang
  4. Sweet sauteed onion
  5. Carrot
  6. Peanut butter


Add 1/2 tsp of grated fresh ginger to the basic Asian sesame dressing.

Wasabi Paste/ Wasabi Powder

Add 1/2 tbsp of Wasabi paste/ wasabi powder to the basic sesame dressing.

S & B Wasabi Powder is made of all-natural ingredients without any chemical additives.

The pale green color comes naturally from horseradish and wasabi japonica, and can bring naturally authentic flavor and color.

Many restaurants and diners in Japan use this product, ( I worked at several diners in Japan, and used it.).

It’s enough hot to kick your nose.

Unlike wasabi paste, the wasabi powder is handy to store once opened.

It never gets dried out in your refrigerator!
However, try to consume it within the year once opened.

To make Wasabi dressing from the basic Asian sesame dressing, you can do it either way by adding it as the powder or as the paste.

If you look for authentic Wasabi spiciness, I recommend making the wasabi paste and adding it to the dressing.

Gochujang (Spicy Korean Miso)

Add 1 tsp of Gochujang, 1 clove of grated fresh garlic, and 1 tbsp of honey.

Gochujang is a Korean spicy rich miso paste, and adding fresh garlic brings this dressing a more Asian flavor.

Sauteed Onion Dressing

One of the typical Japanese dressings is “Onion dressing”, and you can make easily this savory-sweet Japanese dressing while using the basic Asian sesame dressing.

You can add either way between sauteed and fresh minced onion.

Saute 1/4 minced onion with olive oil and add to the basic Asian sesame dressing.

Another way to use fresh onion is grated onion can also add a rich tangy flavor to the dressing.

This onion dressing also goes well with grilled meat.

Since onion has tenderizing meat effect, it’s great to marinate the meat.

Try these mouth-watering meat recipes use Onion dressing instead of the sauce in the recipes.

Carrot Dressing

Grate 1/2 carrot or use a food processor, and add to the onion dressing. This carrot & onion Asian dressing will help you with nutrition.

Peanut Butter Dressing

Add 2 tbsp of your favorite peanut butter to the basic Asian dressing. Add additional honey if needed.

This dressing goes really well with my BBQ beef salad bowl!

All-Purpose Basic Asian Sesame Dressing: Secret Ingredients To Bring Authentic Asian Flavor

All-Purpose Basic Asian Sesame Dressing

Rico McConnellRico McConnell
The all-purpose basic Asian Sesame dressing can easily bring authentic Asian (Japanese) flavor to your daily vivid salad. By using Japanese / Korean toasted sesame oil and high-quality toasted sesame seeds, you can easily upgrade your dressing. Adding fresh garlic & ginger can be an Asian restaurant-grade flavor, and adding wasabi paste or powder, it'll be Japanese Wasabi dressing to kick your nose.
Course Salad, Sauce
Cuisine Asian


  • ¼ cup Japanese Dark Soy sauce
  • ¼ cup Rice vinegar/ apple cider vinegar/ White wine vinegar
  • 2 tbsp Korean/ Japanese Toasted Sesame oil
  • 1 tbsp Salad oil/ Olive oil *Salad oil will not solidify like other oils. (But, it may still be solidified.) I don't recommend using extra virgin olive oil for this recipe.
  • 1 tbsp Sugar
  • 2 tbsp Honey
  • ¼ TSP Chinese Chicken Bouillon Powder
  • 2 tbsp Toasted Sesame Seeds
  • Grated Garlic & Ginger *optional
  • Wasabi paste/ powder *optional


  • Shake together all ingredients.
  • You can make ¾ US cup of the dressing in this recipe.
  • Keep in the fridge for up to 2 weeks.



When you add Wasabi paste/ powder, it’ll be Japanese wasabi dressing to kick your nose!
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Keyword condiment, dressing, Easy, Sauce, sesame oil, Soy sauce

How To Use Asian Sesame Dressing

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Go With Homemade Natto

This basic Asian dressing definitely goes well with homemade Natto.

My homemade Japanese Natto is super easy to make.

For the recipe, click here.

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