Although many grocery stores sell sesame seeds, they can be tricky to find.

In this article, we’ll tell you what aisle you can find sesame seeds in, which stores carry them, along with some additional tips about shopping for sesame seeds.

Let’s get into it!

What Grocery Store Aisle Are Sesame Seeds In?

Sesame seeds can be found in the spice aisle of most grocery stores, alongside other spices like cinnamon, nutmeg, and mustard seed.

Occasionally, sesame seeds can also be found in the ethnic food aisle, located near the sushi.

If you look in one of these two places, you are certain to find it!

What Stores Sell Sesame Seeds?

Sesame Seeds

Unfortunately, not all grocery stores sell sesame seeds.

However, we have put together a list of retailers that do, along with the exact brands that each store carries.

This way, you’ll be able to review all of your options, and can ensure that you’re shopping at a store that carries them!

  • Walmart: Sushi Chef, El Guapo, Great Value
  • Costco: Rodelle
  • Wegmans: Dion, JFC, Laxmi, United Natural Foods Inc
  • Kroger: Simple Truth Organic, Simply Organic
  • Whole Foods: Morton & Bassett, 365 by Whole Foods Market, Whole Foods Market
  • Publix: McCormick, Sushi Chef, Spice Island, Badia, AFC,
  • Safeway: Morton & Bassett, JFC, O Organics, Spice Hunters
  • Meijer: McCormick, Sushi Chef, True Goodness, Spice Island, Morton & Bassett, JFC

What Are The Best Sesame Seed Brands?

Truth be told, there isn’t a whole lot of difference between most sesame seed brands.

Although sesame seeds add some much needed texture to many foods, they don’t affect the flavor all that significantly. Except for rare cases, there isn’t a whole lot of difference between them.

Based on our research, it appears that McCormick’s whole sesame seeds tend to be the most popular among shoppers. They are cited as being excellent for different meals, such as sushi, noodles, and even meat.

They are used among both home kitchens and professional restaurants alike.

Where Are Sesame Seeds In Walmart?

Finding sesame seeds inside Walmart stores is simple, as long as you have the Walmart app.

While they are usually located in the spice aisle, Walmart may split up their sesame seeds across multiple locations.

If you download the Walmart app however, you’ll be able to find the exact aisle number inside your specific store!

Sesame Seeds In Walmart App

For example, you can see here that I’ve searched for sesame seeds inside of the Walmart iPhone app. It pulled up hundreds of results, but displayed the ones located at my local Walmart first.

Next to the ‘In stock’ text, an aisle number for that specific jar of sesame seeds can be found. In this example, you can see that some of them are on aisle 12, while others are on aisle 15.

Frequently Asked Questions About Shopping For Sesame Seeds

Let’s look over some of the most common questions about shopping for sesame seeds. Keep some of these in mind before making your purchase!

Do Sesame Seeds Go Bad?

Yes, sesame seeds will eventually expire if they are unused. They last longer if they are refrigerated, and last even longer than that if they are kept frozen!

If you are going to store them outside of the fridge or freezer, they are best kept in a cool, dry place.

What Is The Difference Between Regular Sesame Seeds And Black Sesame Seeds?

Black sesame seeds have a stronger flavor, and a bit more crunch to them than white sesame seeds do.

Therefore, if it’s the flavor you’re after, you may consider purchasing black sesame seeds instead.

Black sesame seeds are usually kept in the same aisle as regular sesame seeds.


Sesame seeds can usually be found in the spice aisle, or the ethnic food aisle of most grocery stores.

Whether you’re looking for regular sesame seeds, black sesame seeds or even sesame oil, it isn’t hard to find once you know where to look.

I hope that you’ve found this article helpful. If you have any other questions about shopping for sesame seeds, please ask them using the comment form below.

Thank you for reading,

– James McAllister

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James McAllister

James is the owner of He started his first blog at the age of 11, and has since gone on to start several successful businesses. In total, these businesses have sold hundreds of thousands of units and have touched millions of lives. Here on, he shares his knowledge that brought him to where he is today. If you want to connect with James, follow him on your favorite social networks!

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