Recipe Gomaae

Gomaae is a classic Japanese side dish featuring blanched spinach dressed in a flavorful sesame sauce. It's known for its simplicity and delicious nutty taste, making it a popular accompaniment to many Japanese meals.


  • - 1 bunch spinach (about 300g)
  • - 2 tablespoons sesame seeds
  • - 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • - 1 tablespoon sugar
  • - 1 tablespoon mirin (optional)
  • - 1 tablespoon sesame oil


1. Prepare the Spinach:

  • Rinse the spinach thoroughly under cold water to remove any dirt.
  • Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Add a pinch of salt.
  • Blanch the spinach for about 30 seconds to 1 minute until wilted but still vibrant green.

2. Shock and Drain:

  • Quickly transfer the blanched spinach to a bowl of ice water to stop the cooking process and preserve the color.
  • Drain the spinach well and squeeze out excess water gently. Cut into bite-sized pieces if desired.

3. Make the Sesame Sauce:

  • Toast the sesame seeds in a dry skillet over medium heat until golden and fragrant, about 2-3 minutes. Be careful not to burn them.
  •  Grind the toasted sesame seeds in a mortar and pestle or a food processor until they form a coarse powder.

4. Mix the Sauce:

  • In a small bowl, combine the ground sesame seeds, soy sauce, sugar, mirin (if using), and sesame oil. Mix well until the sugar is dissolved.

5. Combine and Serve:

  • Place the drained spinach in a large mixing bowl.
  • Pour the sesame sauce over the spinach and gently toss until the spinach is evenly coated.

Tips for Perfect Gomaae:

  • Fresh Spinach:Use fresh spinach for the best texture and flavor.
  • Sesame Seeds: Toasting sesame seeds enhances their nutty flavor. Be sure not to over-toast them.
  • Sauce Consistency:Adjust the amount of sesame sauce to your preference. Some like it more savory, while others prefer a sweeter taste with more sugar or mirin.


  • Miso Gomaae: Add a tablespoon of miso paste to the sesame sauce for a richer umami flavor.
  • Vegetable Options: Try this dish with blanched green beans, broccoli, or even asparagus instead of spinach.

Nutritional Information:

  • Calories per serving: Approximately 80 kcal
  • Protein: 3g
  • Carbohydrates: 6g
  • Fat: 5g
  • Fiber: 2g


Gomaae is not only healthy and nutritious but also a delightful way to enjoy the simplicity and elegance of Japanese cuisine. With its balance of flavors and ease of preparation, it's sure to become a favorite addition to your meals. Enjoy this dish as a side to complement any Japanese-inspired menu or as a standalone light snack.

This recipe provides a wonderful introduction to the versatility of sesame seeds in Japanese cooking, offering a taste that's both comforting and satisfying.


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