Gomae (Japanese-Style Spinach)


Typically you puree sesame seeds to make the dressing for this traditional spinach side dish recipe, but we use tahini to make it easier and quicker.

Cook Time:
15 mins
Total Time:
15 mins
4 servings


  • 2 ½ tablespoons tahini

  • 1 ½ tablespoons rice vinegar

  • 1 ½ tablespoons reduced-sodium soy sauce

  • 1 tablespoon water

  • 2 teaspoons mirin

  • 1 pound spinach, trimmed if necessary

  • 1 teaspoon sesame oil

  • Toasted sesame seeds for garnish


  1. Put a large pot of water on to boil.

  2. Meanwhile, whisk tahini, vinegar, soy sauce, water and mirin in a large bowl.

  3. Cook spinach in the boiling water until it just turns bright green, 15 to 30 seconds for baby spinach, 45 seconds to 1 minute for mature spinach. Drain in a colander and rinse with cold water. Press or squeeze to remove excess water. Add the spinach to the dressing and toss to coat. Drizzle with sesame oil and sprinkle with sesame seeds, if desired.


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 (per serving)

76 Calories
5g Fat
6g Carbs
4g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 76
% Daily Value *
Total Carbohydrate 6g 2%
Dietary Fiber 3g 9%
Total Sugars 1g
Protein 4g 8%
Total Fat 5g 6%
Saturated Fat 1g 4%
Vitamin A 7657IU 153%
Vitamin C 23mg 25%
Folate 165mcg 41%
Sodium 265mg 12%
Calcium 148mg 11%
Iron 3mg 18%
Magnesium 90mg 22%
Potassium 498mg 11%

Nutrition information is calculated by a registered dietitian using an ingredient database but should be considered an estimate.

* Daily Values (DVs) are the recommended amounts of nutrients to consume each day. Percent Daily Value (%DV) found on nutrition labels tells you how much a serving of a particular food or recipe contributes to each of those total recommended amounts. Per the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the daily value is based on a standard 2,000 calorie diet. Depending on your calorie needs or if you have a health condition, you may need more or less of particular nutrients. (For example, it’s recommended that people following a heart-healthy diet eat less sodium on a daily basis compared to those following a standard diet.)

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a special diet for medical reasons, be sure to consult with your primary care provider or a registered dietitian to better understand your personal nutrition needs.

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