Vegan Japanese Sesame Sauce

When I was a meat-eater I had a seriously mad obsession for Sawmill Sesame Steak Sauce .  We would go to the Sawmill in Edmonton nearly every two weeks to buy our bottles... and we would put it on steak, chicken, fries, sweet potatoes.. you name it.  Then our local Sobeys grocery store started carrying it and the obsession was taken to another level.  It is so dayum good.  

When I decided to go vegan - there were many things I knew I would miss - and this sauce was certainly one of them.  I mean - that sauce could take any and all of my veggie dishes to another level!  Thankfully - after some playing around with tahini and veganaise - I have made the perfect copy-cat recipe.  And yup - its vegan.  *Insert slow clap here*


  • 1 cup of Sesame Tahini
  • 1/4 cup Follow Your Heart Vegenaise
  • 1/4 cup Kikkoman Soy Sauce
  • 3 peeled and roughly chopped garlic cloves (they will be blended so no need to mince)
  • 1/2 tsp ground ginger
  • 1/4 tsp smoked paprika
  • 3 TBSP water

Combine all ingredients in a high powered blender (I use a Ninja) and blend on high for about 45 seconds.  You want the sauce to have an "easy to pour" texture (as shown in the above photo), so if it's a little thick add a little more water and continue to blend.  Add salt if desired in 1/2 tsp doses - to your preferred taste.  The soy sauce in this recipe makes it pretty salty as it is so be very careful not to over salt.

Final step - put this shit on everything!!!  We  have been parked on my dads property in the Okanagan for almost a month now and he DIED for this sauce.

Slather chicken breast in this vegan sesame sauce !

My non-vegan Dad slathering his chicken breast in this vegan sesame sauce 

I made a delicious roasted potato, mushroom and cauliflower bowl with this sauce and it was a big hit with vegans and non-vegans alike.  I will also post that recipe ASAP.

This sauce would be amazing on a rice and veggie Buddha Bowl, a simple pasta dish, it could even turn a pan of roasted green veggies into an amazing dinner - get creative!

I love to hear from you!  If you try this sauce out... I want to know what you paired it with!  Send me a picture to my instagram or send me a tweet @wayfaretrail and I will be sure to feature it.  

Love you all!


Chiang Mai, Thailand
Roasted Veggie & Potato Sesame Bowl

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