It isn’t sesame oil. But it is a fair sesame oil substitution. Recreating a low amine sesame oil flavor is not really possible, given that all the most likely suspects (nuts, mushrooms, etc) are very high in amines. However, using burdock root (gobo root) gives the oil a somewhat medicinal, smoky bitterness that works in a similar way to sesame oil. The sesame oil substitution is a far milder flavor than sesame oil, so you may need to use more than you would sesame oil.
1/4 C safflower oil
1/4 C gobo root / burdock root chopped, heaping full
1 Tbsp chopped ginger
8 medium cloves garlic
- Put all ingredients in a small saucepan.
- Heat very, very low for an hour (it should not even be browning, just bubbling slightly). Stir occasionally and try to make sure ingredients are covered by oil as much as possible.
- Turn heat to low where it is still very low but will start to brown the ingredients. Cook for 30 minutes. It should be quite browned and crisp by the time the 30 minutes are up.
- Allow to cool, then strain out solids. I use a citrus press to press oil out from the solids.
- Store oil in refrigerator for up to a month.
- Use in recipes that call for sesame oil.
Very Low Amine: gobo root / burdock root, ginger, garlic
Low Amine: safflower oil
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