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Spinach Gomaae

Spinach gomaae is a super easy and quick Japanese side dish that goes perfectly with many dishes! It's healthy and delicious!
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time5 mins
Total Time15 mins
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: Japanese
Keyword: #Spinach Gomaae
Servings: 4
Calories: 68kcal
Author: Shihoko | Chopstick Chronicles


  • 200 g Spinach
  • Pinch of salt
  • 2 tbs white sesame seeds
  • 1 tbs peanut butter
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • 1 tsp Mirin
  • 2 tsp soy sauce


  • Place the sesame seeds, sugar, mirin, and soy sauce in a mortar and grind them all together and set aside.
  • Boil water in a large pot and add the spinach bunch in (from the stem side first) and cook for about 1 minute.
  • Take the spinach out and put immediately in icy cold water to avoid the spinach being cooked further.
  • Squeeze out the excess water and cut the spinach about 5 cm long.
  • Add the spinach to the mortar and toss together with the sesame sauce.
  • Serve in a small bowl and sprinkle more sesame seeds on top.


Spinach can be replaced with other Japanese vegetables such as Shyungiku.


Calories: 68kcal | Carbohydrates: 5g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 4g | Sodium: 235mg | Potassium: 326mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 4690IU | Vitamin C: 14mg | Calcium: 93mg | Iron: 2.2mg