Sesame oil is a flavorful and aromatic oil derived from sesame seeds. It is commonly used in Asian cuisine and adds a distinct nutty taste to dishes. Sesame oil is made by pressing or toasting sesame seeds, and it comes in two main varieties: toasted (dark) sesame oil and untoasted (light) sesame oil. Toasted sesame oil has a stronger flavor and is often used as a finishing oil or for flavoring dishes. It is commonly used in stir-fries, marinades, dressings, and dipping sauces.