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Chinese Sesame Balls

Classic Chinese sesame balls with a black sesame paste filling.
Prep Time30 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: Chinese
Keyword: sesame balls
Servings: 8 sesame balls
Calories: 172kcal


Black Sesame Paste

Sesame Balls


  • First make your black sesame paste. Toast black sesame seeds for ~30 seconds until you smell a toasted, earthy aroma. Add the black sesame seeds to a spice grinder and pulse until you get a powder. Combine the black sesame powder and honey in a small bowl. Mix until a thick paste forms. Set aside. 
  • Next make your dough. Combine boiling water and light brown sugar in a small bowl. Mix until uniform.
  • Add sweet rice flour to a separate bowl. Create a well in the center of the flour. Pour the sugar water into that well and mix. Once the dough starts to form, roll the dough out onto a floured surface. Add more flour or water as needed. Knead for 5 minutes. Divide the dough into 8 even pieces.
  • Now it's time to put it all together. Add white and black sesame seeds to a bowl. Set aside. In another bowl, add a 1-2 cups of water. Set aside.
  • Take a piece of dough and roll it into a ball. Use your thumb to flatten out the ball into a 1/4 inch thick disc. Add 1 teaspoon of the black sesame paste to the center of the disc. Gather the edges of the disc and pinch together. Roll the dough between your hands to form a uniform ball. Dip the sesame ball into water and then coat with the sesame seed mixture. Repeat this process until you have 8 sesame balls.
  • Heat vegetable oil to 300 degrees F. Make sure the oil is 2 inches deep. Fry each sesame ball for 10 minutes until the outside is golden. Use a candy thermometer to ensure your temperature stays consistent. Dry sesame balls on paper towels before serving.


For a more traditional filling, use red bean paste or mung bean paste.


Serving: 1sesame ball | Calories: 172kcal | Carbohydrates: 29g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 4mg | Potassium: 71mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 11g | Calcium: 105mg | Iron: 2mg