In Korea there is an entire category of side dishes called namul. These are boldly seasoned vegetables from the land and the sea. This particular recipe reflects Korea's love of both spinach and sesame seeds. The seeds are always toasted before serving for a boost of flavor. This namul can be served alone or as one of the colorful elements in bibimbap.

Jamie Purviance
Source: EatingWell Magazine, July/August 2010


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  • Place water in a very large pot or Dutch oven and bring to a boil over high heat. Add spinach and cook, stirring frequently, until completely wilted, 2 to 3 minutes. Transfer to a colander and let stand until cool enough to handle. Squeeze out excess water.

  • Coarsely chop the spinach. Place in a bowl and mix in sesame seeds, soy sauce, sesame oil and garlic. Serve at room temperature.


Kitchen Tip: To toast nuts and seeds, cook in a small dry skillet over medium-low heat, stirring constantly, until fragrant and lightly browned, 2 to 4 minutes.

People with celiac disease or gluten-sensitivity should use soy sauces that are labeled "gluten-free," as soy sauce may contain wheat or other gluten-containing sweeteners and flavors.

Nutrition Facts

56 calories; protein 3.2g 6% DV; carbohydrates 4.3g 1% DV; exchange other carbs 0.5; dietary fiber 2.4g 10% DV; sugars 0.4g; fat 3.6g 6% DV; saturated fat 0.5g 3% DV; cholesterolmg; vitamin a iu 9151.9IU 183% DV; vitamin c 8.8mg 15% DV; folate 129.7mcg 32% DV; calcium 142.9mg 14% DV; iron 3.5mg 20% DV; magnesium 85.1mg 30% DV; potassium 425.4mg 12% DV; sodium 150.8mg 6% DV; thiamin 0.1mg 10% DV.

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great but a bit soggy i found Read More
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Tasty and authentic. Will make again. Read More
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Delicious! Quick and easy way to prepare spinach. Make sure to mince the garlic well if you don't care for raw garlic. Read More
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Greatest 5 Minute Side Dish Ever Mince garlic very well and keep a careful eye on the spinach because it can burn easily. I throw this together all the time and we just love it. Pros: Delicious Cons: None Read More