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