Spinach Goma Ae




15 minutes

When do I eat this?

Side dish


This recipe

From: Dawn

Spinach Goma Ae(ほうれん草の胡麻和え). A great aspect of Japanese cuisine is harmony. Ingredients should be harmoniously combined with each other. "Ae" means to harmonize the taste. Most of the time, it is draped with a sauce. The most important flavoring agent here is sesame seeds.


  • 2 teaspoons roasted sesame seeds
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 2 teaspoons sugar (or syrup)
  • Some young spinach leaves, if possible still on the stalk

You can buy sesame seeds roasted or roast them yourself. The scent they give off while roasting is a warm, earthy, slightly nutty one. You can also vary. I had no light sesame seeds today and improvised with a few drops of roasted sesame oil and black sesame.

Step by step guide

Step 1

If you do not have roasted sesame seeds, wash sesame seeds and put them in a sieve. Roast this mixture in a large pan over medium heat (without fat). Move constantly with a wooden spoon so that the seeds do not turn black. They are ready when they start to crack.

At the bottom of the video you can see how to prepare a great condiment with sesame seeds: Gomasio - sesame salt.

Step 2

Slightly cooled, grind the sesame seeds in a mortar (coarse). This creates a beguiling scent again.

Step 3

Blanch the spinach or cook briefly in the wok.

Step 4

Thoroughly mix sesame seeds, soy sauce and sugar.

Step 5

Place spinach on a plate (the eye eats with you) and drape with the sauce. Voilà spinach goma ae! Goma Ae Here you can learn more about the properties of sesame seeds, and why they are popular in Japanese cuisine. There are also more Japanese recipes to discover. 

Spinach with sesame oil and black sesame
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Who's tried it?

"I am a big fan of spinach. I eat it almost every morning for breakfast. With sesame flavouring, it gets another taste boost. Delicious and healthy."

"I am a fan of recipes that go quickly. If you don't like spinach that much, you should try this recipe. The sesame seeds make the spinach really tasty."

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