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Gomaae is a traditional Japanese dish made of cooked spinach in sesame paste-type sauce. As I have mentioned in my last post on Iron-rich vegetarian foods, both spinach and sesames are a great source of iron, making this a perfect little side dish for all those with iron-deficiency anemia. The dish is also really simple and takes only 5 minutes to make…so it great for everyone as well!


  • 1 bunches spinach (preferably with root intact)
  • 1/2 tablespoons sesame paste or tahini
  • 1/2 tablespoons miso (fermented soybean paste)- I prefer white but you can use other miso types as well
  • 1 tablespoon water
  • 1/4 teaspoon tamari (aka non-GMO soy sauce)
  • 1 teaspoon white sesame seeds, crushed
  • Optional: Japanese seaweed/kelp


  1. Wash spinach well. Blanch spinach in a pot of boiling water until just wilted, 15 to 30 seconds,
  2. Drain spinach and squeeze excess water
  3. Stir together sesame paste, miso, water, and soy sauce to form a sauce.
  4. Toss spinach with sauce and sprinkle with the crushed sesame seeds
  5. Serve it either warm or cold. Enjoy!