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Goma Dare (ごまだれ) Japanese Sesame Sauce

Goma dare, Japanese sesame sauce, is an extremely versatile sauce that can be added to almost anything. Traditionally used as a dipping  sauce for shabu shabu (hot pot), but can also be used to dress salads, meats, rice bowls, noodles, and much more! You can never have enough goma dare in your life! This recipe makes 1/2 cup which is a good serving for two people, but can easily doubled or tripled! 

Cuisine Japanese
Prep 5 minutes
Author Emi


  • 2 tablespoons tahini (I use Nuts to You Nut Butter brand)
  • 1 tablespoon shiro (white) miso (optional gluten free)
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce (optional gluten free)
  • 1 tablespoon mirin
  • 1 tablespoon rice vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons dashi liquid (2 tablespoons water + 1/8 teaspoon dashi powder)
  • 1/4 teaspoon (1 small clove) garlic grated
  • 1/8 teaspoon white sugar


  1. Add all ingredients to a small bowl and whisk to combine.

  2. Use immediately or store in the fridge in an airtight container for up to one week.

  3. Enjoy!

Recipe Notes

  • To make this sauce a bit more indulgent you can add in 1 tablespoon of Japanese mayo
  • To make this recipe Gluten Free, substitute:
    • regular soy sauce with gluten free soy sauce
    • miso paste for miso without barley
  • In a pinch you can substitute rice vinegar for white vinegar