Spinach Goma-ame

This is a classic Japanese side dish. For variety, try green beans or other vegetable in place of spinach.


  • One bunch of spinach washed
  • a pinch of salt
  • 3 tablespoons ground toasted sesame seeds
  • 1 ½ tablespoons low sodium soy sauce
  • ¾ – 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1/2 tablespoon dashi stock


  1. In a large pot, bring enough water to a boil to cover the spinach.
  2.  Add a pinch of salt to the boiling water and add the spinach. Boil for only 3-4 minutes until still crunchy. Remove the spinach, chill them into very cold water, drain and set aside.
  3. In a small bowl, put sesame seeds, soy sauce, sugar and dashi stock and mix well.
  4. Cut the spinach about 1 inche long and mix with the sesame mixture just before serving.
  5. Serve immediately.


If you don’t have dashi stock on hand, you can eliminate it or simply just use a little water instead.




Use ground walnuts instead of sesame seeds.


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