This sesame rice is cooked with water and sesame oil for a flavorful take on rice. It's an easy way to add more flavor to your rice and elevate it!
The rice is delicious served as is, topped with some sesame seeds, or alongside other dishes like basil chicken or Mongolian beef.
Rice has always seemed like such a boring ingredient. Just something to add filler to a meal. Until I started elevating my rice. Even regular white rice can be made interesting and delicious by adding a little extra flavor when cooking. Like this sesame rice! All it takes is three simple ingredients and you've taken your rice to next level flavors.
Really, you just need sesame oil, water, and rice to make this rice. And you have a delicious, flavorful sesame oil rice. That's so much better than just regular cooked rice. And it's just as easy to make. You can also of course add salt, or you can leave it out if you're trying to lower your salt intake (especially if you're planning on serving your rice with something salty!)
Where to find sesame oil?
Sesame oil is so easy to find these days! Just look with other similar ingredients like soy sauce. I can easily find sesame oil at Trader Joe's, Whole Foods, and also my local grocery store (HEB).
If for some reason you're having difficulty locating it, try an Asian market or buy online from a place like Amazon.
What type of rice to use:
Honestly, you can use most types of rice. Sushi rice, jasmine rice, plain white rice, brown rice, etc.
The key is to cook according to the package directions (with the addition of sesame oil, of course)!
How to serve the sesame rice:
Sesame rice is delicious served in so many ways! You can of course eat it on its own, but here are some more ideas:
- With this Instant Pot Mongolian Beef
- With a pan-fried salmon with crispy skin
- With a stir-fry
- Topped with green onions, furikake, and/or sesame seeds
- Refrigerate leftovers to be used in a fried rice the next day
Can you store the sesame rice?
Yes, though sometimes rice can get a little dry once it's been refrigerated. If I refrigerate the sesame rice, I usually use the leftovers in a stir fry or fried rice.
First, start heating your water and sesame oil in a pot.
Once the water starts boiling, add your rice, turn the heat down to low, and cover. Cook the rice according to the package directions.
Once rice is done, turn off the heat and let sit, covered for at least 5 minutes.
Uncover, then fluff with a fork. Use as desired. If needed, return the lid after cooking until you're ready to use the rice.
Sesame Oil Rice
- 1 cup white rice
- 2 cups water
- 1 Tbsp sesame oil
- salt optional
- To a medium pot add the water and sesame oil. Heat to boiling.
- Add the rice and stir to combine. Turn down heat to low. Cook rice according to the package directions (for us that means 20 minutes).
- Once rice is cooked, let sit for 5 minutes. Uncover and fluff with a fork.
- Use as desired.