Hi friends! Hope your week is out to a great start! Up to this point on my blog (it’s been about 6 months since I started last fall) I’ve talked about Japan and living in Asia quite a bit but haven’ shared many Japanese recipes. There are some unique, delicious foods in Asia that we wouldn’t even think of in the States. Living here, I’ve come to appreciate things I wouldn’t have imagined I would like. For instance, takoyaki, a favorite up in Osaka are octopus balls that are incredible (posting soon). One of my first Japanese favorites was their sesame dressing. It’s impossible not to love.
I mentioned in my post Tangy Mexican Shrimp Cocktail that Matt’s parents Lynn and Jeff came to visit recently. One of the things that we sent home with them was sesame dressing. I can keep sending them this dressing over the next year and a half but when we leave Japan I won’t be able to get our favorite dressing anymore at my local grocery store. I thought that I should come up with my own recipe for Japanese sesame dressing.
There is mayonaise in the dressing but I used light (not non-fat) mayo. It was delicious and though you could use the full fat version, I prefer to save a few calories with great results. It does require mirin which is a rice wine like sake but with less alcohol and more sugar. It’s best with the mirin and you should be able to find that in an Asian grocery store but if that’s not convenient you could add a little extra sugar and rice vinegar in substitution.
- ½ cup reduced fat mayonnaise
- 1 ½ Tablespoons rice vinegar
- 2 Tablespoons soy sauce
- 1 Tablespoon mirin***
- 1 Tablespoon sugar
- ⅓ cup ground sesame seeds
- 1 Tablespoon sesame oil
- ***If you can't find mirin try substituting sake or 1 T rice vinegar + 1-2 teaspoon sugar
- In a medium bowl, combine all ingredients.
- Serve with salad, fresh vegetables, roasted vegetables or whatever you can think of!