Black Sesame Chahan – Chopstick Chronicles

Black Sesame Chahan is a Japanese fried rice cooked with lots of black sesame seeds which has health and nutrition benefits.

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Nutty, earthy and incredibly aromatic, black sesame chahan is a Japanese fried rice dish that’s a delicious way to remake leftovers. Perfect for a quick and easy dinner!

Black sesame fried rice cooked in a cast iron skillet

I was inspired by this Japanese sesame seed book called “Powerful Goma (sesame seed recipes)” by Hatsue Shigenobu which I bought while in Japan about 5 years ago.

This Chahan recipe gives basic Japanese fried rice an extra kick of flavor with hazelnut sesame oil and black sesame seeds. I’m a big fan of anything sesame so this is perfect for me!

I like its taste and the way the sesame seeds add a bit of crunch to the fluffy rice.

black sesame chahan served in white bowl and wooden spoon scooping it up

What is Shahan?

Also known as Yakimeshi, chahan is a Japanese fried rice dish with rice as the main ingredient. There are lots of different ways to spice it up and a bunch of different ways to prepare it. The most common way is in a wok.

This is a really easy fried rice recipe for beginners!

Why you will love this Chahan recipe

Adding black sesame seeds to chahan is an easy way to elevate an already amazing recipe. Tastes dance on your taste buds – salty, salty, even a little sweet!

It’s a simple way to breathe new life into your leftovers. Your chicken won’t even taste like using it again. There are so many different ingredients you can add to this recipe, and they all taste great with black sesame seeds. It’s amazing how versatile these seeds are.

This is a great dish to make for a weekly dinner party as it’s super quick and easy, especially if you already have leftover pre-cooked rice! I think fried rice always tastes better with rice that isn’t super fresh straight from the rice cooker.

So whenever I cook rice I make sure to cook more than I will need at that time so I can freeze the leftovers which I can then take out whenever I need to. a quick dinner or lunch. You can pack it for lunch and just heat it up when you’re ready to eat!

black sesame seeds, rice, 2 eggs, chopped shallots, olive oil, sesame oil, salt and pepper, mayonnaise

Ingredients needed

This chahan recipe only requires a few ingredients to make! Most of the time, I have all of these ingredients in my pantry and fridge.

Here’s what you need to craft it:

  • White rice: Rice is the main ingredient and base of this amazing chahan recipe. It’s best to use pre-cooked rice that has been allowed to set in the refrigerator for at least a few hours. If you try to use fresh rice, it will stick too much to the pan.
  • Eggs: I also fried some eggs with my rice. It’s a traditional way of making Japanese fried rice and I love the taste of scrambled eggs with the spices I used!
  • Oil: To fry everything, I used a combination of sesame and olive oil. Sesame oil is a much healthier alternative to vegetable oils, which is why I used it to reheat all the vegetables and meat in this recipe in the pan (plus the bonus of the added flavor enhancement sesame oil)! Sesame oil and sesame seeds are great for skin, hair, bones, heart and other health and body benefits. I love that it makes fried rice a little healthier and tastes great at the same time!
  • Bacon: I also added a few slices of rindless bacon to the rice. Unlike the traditional bacon you find at the grocery store, rindless bacon is a leaner cut. This won’t make the rice greasy, but will still give it the smoky flavors it’s known for.
  • Spices: I used ground black sesame, soy sauce, salt and pepper, and chopped green shallots to season the chahan. Add only the amount of salt and pepper you need to enhance the rest of the flavors.
Collage of 4 images of black sesame chahan making process
Collage of 4 images of making black sesame chahan making process 2 - fried eggs

How to make chahan at home

This is such an easy recipe to make; it’s great for beginners!

Start by finely chopping the green shallots and the bacon then set them aside. Then grind the sesame seeds and set them aside.

Heat the olive oil in a frying pan and prepare the scrambled egg. Once they are well cooked, set them aside.

Heat the same skillet, wipe off the excess olive oil and add the sesame oil. Cook the bacon in this skillet, then add the ground sesame seeds until you can smell them.

Then add the rice and egg to the pan and mix and fry them all together. Pour over the soy sauce and continue to stir and turn constantly using a spatula.

Add salt and pepper to taste!

With the soy sauce and sesame seeds, you might think it doesn’t need the extra salt, but it enhances all the other flavors nicely.

When the grains of rice are all separated and well mixed with the other ingredients, add the green shallots to incorporate and turn off the heat.

Serve in bowls or rice plates and garnish with more shallots. You will love all the cool colors in the bowl. It really is as good as it sounds!

Collage of 4 images cooking black sesame chahan process - frying rice and mixing other ingredients in
Collage of 4 images showing how to fry black sesame chahan and mix all the ingredients in a pan

Tips for Making Black Sesame Fried Rice

  • Add mayonnaise to rice before frying to separate the rice grains. I explained this trick in the Japanese fried rice recipe.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the difference between hibachi and yakimeshi?

They both taste very similar. The biggest difference between them is the type of rice they use. Traditionally, Japanese fried rice uses short grain rice and hibachi fried rice uses medium grain rice.

What is the best type of pan to use for making fried rice?

I prefer to use a regular skillet, but many people like to make fried rice in a wok. The choice is up to you and what you are most comfortable using.

What other vegetables can I use?

Add as many different vegetables as you want. Try this with corn, onions, carrots, shiitake mushrooms or garlic. Add fresh ginger for a little spice!

Can I add meat to the chahan?

Yes, it will be delicious with chicken, pork, shrimp or your favorite type of seafood. Instead of bacon, try it with pork belly or chashu!

Black sesame chahan served in a white bowl with a wooden spoon

What to serve with Chahan

While this Japanese dish is great on its own, here are some other dishes you can make to go with the rice:

Other Japanese rice recipes:

Black sesame fried rice cooked in a cast iron skillet

Chahan Black Sesame

Black Sesame Chahan is a Japanese fried rice cooked with lots of black sesame seeds which has health and nutrition benefits.

Course: Rice, Rice dish

Kitchen: Japanese

Preparation time ten minutes

Cooking time 15 minutes

Total time 25 minutes

Servings: 4

calories: 236calories

Author: Shihoko | Wands Chronicles

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Instructions

  • Mix the mayonnaise with the rice and set aside.

    2 cups cooked rice

    1 tablespoon Japanese mayonnaise

  • Grind the sesame seeds and set aside.

    3 tablespoons ground black sesame

  • Heat the olive oil in a frying pan and make scrambled eggs.

  • Take the scrambled eggs and set aside.

  • Heat the same skillet, wipe off the excess olive oil and add the sesame oil.

  • Add the rice and the egg and mix and brown everything.

    2 cups cooked rice

    2 eggs

  • Add crushed black sesame seeds and finely chopped shallots.

    3 tablespoons ground black sesame

    3 tablespoons finely chopped green shallots

  • Pour over the soy sauce and continue to stir and turn constantly using a spatula.

  • Add salt and pepper to taste

  • Serve in bowls or rice plates and garnish with more shallots.

    3 tablespoons finely chopped green shallots

Remarks

If you don’t have cooked rice yet, check how to cook rice here
*1 I used store-bought Kewpie mayonnaise but if you don’t have access to it, there is Japanese mayonnaise in this recipe
*2 I didn’t use bacon for this update post to make it vegetarian.

Nutrition

calories: 236calories | Carbohydrates: 24g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 12g | Saturated fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 81mg | Sodium: 168mg | Potassium: 89mg | Fiber: 1g | Vitamin A: 120UI | Calcium: 86mg | Iron: 1.6mg