Sesame Slice (Semesmieh)

Sesame Slice (Semesmieh)

Sesame Slice (Semesmieh) 1732 1155 Rouba Shahin Middle Eastern Cooking

This sesame slice takes under 15 minutes to prepare and is packed with healthy ingredients.  Superfood sesame seeds and nuts combined with rich honey is easy to prepare and absolutely delicious.

These ingredients speak for themselves and you only need a handful of them to make a delicious light snack, breakfast bar, or a little school treat for the kids.

sesame slice-semesmieh


  • 500 grams sesame seeds
  • 250 grams of honey
  • cup of white sugar
  • 1 cup of pistachio kernels
  • ¾ cup of almonds roasted


Cook’s note

*You can spread the sesame seeds in a pan and put them in the oven at 160°. You are looking for a light golden colour.


Step 1
Grease a 30×20 cm non-stick tray with a cooking oil spray or generously brush with some oil (canola or vegetable oil).

spraying traying with oil for sesame slice

Begin by placing the honey and sugar in a saucepan, stir and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low and continue to simmer for approximately 4-5 minutes or until you are ready to pour over the sesame nut mixture.

Step 2.
In the meantime, place and stir sesame seeds in a large frying pan, over medium heat.  Keep stirring the seeds at all times until lightly golden in colour. (continuous stirring will prevent the sesame seed from instantly turning brown which we want to avoid).  Once sesame seeds are lightly golden in colour, add the almonds and pistachio and stir through for approximately 1 minute until nuts are well combined and heated through.

Tip the sesame nut mixture into a bowl and pour the honey mixture over the top, stirring to coat (the honey mixture will start to set straight away so you will have to work quickly here).

pouring honey mixture over toasted sesame and nut mixture

Step 3.
Once well combined, transfer the mixture into the oiled pan and firmly pack down with your wet hands.

pressing down the sesame slice with wet hands

Place a piece of greaseproof paper over the sesame slice and continue to firmly flatten. (use another pan to flatten with or a rolling pin).

pressing down firmly to flatten sesame slice

Step 4.
The mixture should be starting to set but it will still have some flex to it.  Run a knife around the edges of the tray to ensure the sesame slice smoothly tips over.

Run a knife around the edges of the tray

Place a board on top of the tray and tip the tray upside down.

tipping sesame slice tray upside down on a clean board

Rest the tray on the board for approximately 1 minute allowing the sesame slice to smoothly slide onto the board.

sesame slice - resting tray upside down for 1 minute

Cut into the desired strips.  For a perfectly cut slice, use a ruler.

cut into strips

moving the sesame strips apart

cutting the sesame slice

Makes approximately 50-60 pieces


Why you will love this:

under 15 minutes to make
Light and sweet
Easy to make
Healthier option
School treat or snack


Sahtan – Enjoy In Good Health

  • Ruth Gondzioulis August 8, 2021 at 2:34 am

    Hi Rouba
    I just made your sesame slice. It’s so easy to do and very tasty. The last time I had it was many, many years ago with my Greek in-laws making it in my kitchen one time when they came to stay and visit the grandsons. (And us of course😂)
    I remember it took all afternoon and there was much heated discussion.😂😂
    Anyway thanks for the memories.