Gomasio is a healthy condiment to ramp up your metabolism. Adding such a tasty dry condiment, made from unhulledsesame seeds and sea salt adds flavor and nourishment to any meal. It is often used in Japanese cuisine and Macrobiotic cooking. It is also sometimes sprinkled over plain rice, sekihan and onigiri.

There are many ways to modify the traditional base of this recipe, such as adding other ground seeds, spices, dulse, other seaweeds and fresh herbs. It fits the detox program, brown rice detox as you can add it to boiled veggies, the macrobowl, congee or even to liven up warm salad or bean dish. These healthy salts and seaweeds are great for thyroid and endocrine function, adding the right minerals and protein to support stress, metabolism, energy and your overall nutrition. Ramp up your nutrition with Gomasio.


YIELD 2 cups

  • 2 cups unhulled brown sesame seeds (can use black sesame seeds)
  • 3 tablespoons Celtic sea salt (the traditional ratio is 15 parts sesame seeds to 1 part sea salt, but you could use 12 to 1)
  • Modification 1: Split the ratio between sea salt and dulse flakes)
  • Modification 2: add a teaspoon of cinnamon for a “sweet” option
  • Modification 3: throw in some other seeds to change it up – 1/4 cup of spicy black seeds, savory cumin seeds or nutritious pumpkin seeds
  • Definitely be creative – as long as all the ingredients you use are dry, this will keep up to 6 months.

You can see in the image I’ve added Maldon sea salt flakes, dulse flakes and sesame sees to the iron pan.



  1. In a heavy skillet (cast iron is best, especially if you are vegetarian and need iron), toast salt until it turns a grey color. Set aside.
  2. Toast the 2 cups sesame seeds, stirring constantly, until they start popping and turn a nice brown color. Watch them closely, or they will burn!
  3. The traditional way to grind them is with a mortar and pestle, just until the seeds crack open and release their oils.
  4. The texture should be light and sandy.
  5. They should ultimately be 95% crushed…but honestly sometimes I don’t even grind it at all.
  6. You can also them in the NinjaCoffee Grinder or regular blender and pulse them a few times till blended thoroughly.
  7. Store Gomasio in a tightly closed glass jar, keep in a cool dry place!  The refrigerator isn’t necessary. Lasts 6 months.
  8. This is delicious over brown rice, salad, baked potatoes, salmon, veggies, almost anything!

Nutrition Facts

Amount Per Serving

Calories 160Calories from Fat 120

% Daily Value *

Total Fat 13g20%

Saturated Fat 2g10%

Trans Fat


Sodium 890mg37%

Potassium 130mg4%

Total Carbohydrate 6g2%

Dietary Fiber 3g12%

Sugars 0g

Protein 5g

Vitamin A0%

Vitamin C0%



* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

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