Japanese spinach with miso and sesame

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Leave it to the Japanese kitchen to make something very special from a simple portion of spinach. This Japanese spinach with miso and sesame sauce ( Goma Miso Ae , in fluent Japanese…) is delicious with some rice and a piece of fried fish. But it also does well in a sushi bowl or poké bowl, for example.


Side dish for 2 to 4 people:

  • 400 grams leaf spinach
  • 4 tablespoons sesame
  • 4 teaspoons white miso
  • 2 tablespoons mirin
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1.5 tsp soy sauce
  • Salty

For this recipe you need a mortar to grind the sesame. That forms the basis of the miso-sesame sauce for the spinach.

Japanese spinach with sesame sauce

Japanese spinach with miso and sesame

Toast the sesame seeds in a dry frying pan until golden brown. Put them in a mortar and grind them fine, but make sure to leave a few whole sesame seeds for texture.

Mix the sesame seeds with the miso, mirin and soy sauce and set aside.

Blanch the spinach in boiling salted water for about a minute, scoop out the water and rinse under cold tap. Squeeze out as much water as possible from the spinach and then cut the spinach into pieces about 5 centimeters long. Toss them through the sauce (that’s very handy with chopsticks) and serve.

You can eat the Japanese spinach hot or cold.

Japanese spinach with miso and sesame

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