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Spinach Goma-ae

A Japanese spinach salad consisting of wilted spinach tossed with a sesame dressing.
Spinach Goma-ae

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Servings: 2
Total Time: 20 minutes
Recipe by: Frankie


2 TBSP plus 1 tsp sesame seeds
1 TBSP soy sauce
1 TBSP raw honey
1 tsp mirin
1/2 tsp sake
10 ounces fresh baby spinach


1. Heat a dry skillet over medium heat and add all of the sesame seeds, stir constantly until lightly toasted, about 30 seconds. Lighlty grind only 2 TBSP of the toasted sesame seeds (just lightly grind them, you don't want a paste). Set the remaining 1 tsp of toasted sesame seeds to the side for garnish.

2. Add the ground sesame seeds, soy sauce, honey, mirin, and sake to a small bowl and mix thoroughly, set aside.

3. Bring a pot of water to a boil and add the spinach. Cook for 1 minute then transfer spinach to a bowl of ice water to stop the spinach from cooking further and let sit for 1 minute.

4. Squeeze out as much water from the spinach as you can and transfer the spinach to a cutting board. Chop the spinach into bite size pieces and place the spinach in a large serving bowl. Pour the sesame dressing on the spinach and toss to combine. Sprinkle the 1 tsp of toasted sesame seeds on top and serve.

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