Sesame Pesto

READY IN: 10mins
Recipe by COOKGIRl

I've been going through old magazines lately to clean out the garage and found this recipe in the May 1996 issue of Better Homes and Gardens. The recipes states that parsley can be substituted for half the amount of cilantro leaves. So, that is what I did. Try this pesto on fish, poultry, vegetables and freshly cooked pasta! The sesame seeds do not need to be toasted unless you want but I think it gives the nuts depth.

Top Review by karen

I discovered that I had bought (and openned) two jars of sesame seeds, so I went in search for a way to use them up. I love pesto, so this was perfect. I have to admit that I didn't really care for sesame flavor in the pesto and I couldn't taste much anything else. I used white sesame seeds, toasted, and all cilantro. If you love sesame, I'm guessing you'll love this, but if you are looking for something similar to traditional pesto, you might want to cut down the amount of sesame seeds.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Toast the sesame seeds in a dry skillet over medium heat until lightly browned and subtley fragrant. Watch pan carefully because sesame seeds burn easily.
  2. Set aside to cool.
  3. Once cooled, place sesame seeds in a blender or food processor and blend until coarsely ground, about 30 seconds total.
  4. Add the cilantro, parsley, garlic, lemon juice, salt and pepper. Blend mixture using the pulse button setting.
  5. With machine running, {{gradually}} add the olive oil in a steady, slow stream and process mixture until smooth.
  6. Store in covered container in refrigerator. Use up within 1 month. Bring to room temperature before serving.

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