Sesame Soy Breadsticks

These sticks have a decidedly Asian flair. Although breadsticks are rare in Asia, these would make a fantastic accompaniment to your favorite bowl of soba or ramen.

Serves: 24Hands-on: 30 minutesTotal: 2 hours 45 minutesDifficulty: Medium

Serves: 24


  • 1¼ cups warm whole milk
  • 4 Tbsp. honey
  • 1¾ tsp. active dry yeast (1 package)
  • 1 tsp. sesame oil
  • ½ tsp. ground ginger
  • 3 scallions, minced finely
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 tsp. kosher salt
  • 4 cups bread flour
  • 1 Tbsp. soy sauce
  • ¼ cup sesame seeds


  • Combine milk, 2 tablespoons honey, and yeast. Stir to dissolve and let stand until foamy, about 5 minutes. Add sesame oil, ginger, scallions, egg, salt, and enough bread flour to make a soft dough. Turn onto a floured work surface and knead 8–10 minutes. Add flour only to reduce stickiness. Return to bowl, dust with flour, cover with plastic, and rise at room temperature until doubled in volume, about 2 hours.
  • Preheat oven to 400°F. Line three baking sheets with parchment. Turn risen dough onto a floured surface and pinch off golf-ball-sized pieces. Roll each piece into a thin rope about ¼" thick. Place on prepared pans, ½" apart.
  • Combine remaining honey with soy sauce. Brush across each stick, then evenly sprinkle on sesame seeds. Bake until golden brown and crisp, about 8–10 minutes. Cool and serve.