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Sesame spinach

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Sesame spinach

Side Serves 4 10 min
For this you'll need a spice grinder or pestle and mortar – grinding the sesame seeds really releases their flavour. In Japan this quick and easy dish (spinach gomae) is a commonly served as a starter at room temperature. Instead of sugar, use mirin for sweetness if you have it. This is also good with a dash sake.


  • 450g spinach
  • 2 tbsp sesame seeds
  • 2 tbsp soya sauce
  • 2 tsp sugar
  • 2 tbsp sesame oil
  • black pepper
  • sliced spring onions


Prep time: 5 min
Cooking time: 5 min
  • Step 1

    Blanch washed and prepared spinach in boiling water for a minute. Drain, cool and press out excess water. Slice roughly.
  • Step 2

    Toast sesame seeds in a frying pan and grind coarsely. Mix with the rest of the ingredients.
  • Step 3

    Toss spinach in the dressing. Serve at room temperature.

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