Gomae (Japanese spinach and sesame salad)

Gomae salad

Love Japanese side dishes? Gomae is the best Japanese spinach salad, dressed in a nutty, savory and sweet sesame sauce. Ready in 15 minutes!


  • 4 tablespoons sesame seeds
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 3/4 tablespoon granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon dashi powder such as hondashi
  • 1 tablespoon water
  • 300g spinach


  1. Put the sesame seeds in a small pan and turn the heat to low. Keep stirring the seeds until they become golden – about 6 to 7 minutes. 
  2. Turn the heat off and put the seeds in a sesame seed grinder or mortar and pestle. Grind the seeds into a bowl and add the soy sauce, sugar, dashi powder, and water. Stir and set aside.
  3. Fill a large pot with water and 1 tablespoon salt, and bring to a boil.
  4. Meanwhile, fill a medium to large bowl with ice and cold water. Set aside.
  5. Add the spinach and boil for 1 minute and drain.
  6. Transfer the spinach to the bowl with ice and leave for a few minutes, until the spinach is cold. 
  7. Drain the spinach and using your hands, take a chunk of spinach and squeeze as much excess water as you can. Place the spinach on a cutting board and repeat with the remaining spinach.
  8. Cut the spinach into 2-inch long pieces and transfer it to a mixing bowl. 
  9. Add the sesame sauce on top and using chopsticks, toss until the spinach is evenly coated with the sauce. Serve.


Keywords: goma-e, goma-ae

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