Steamed Spinach with Roasted Sesame (Goma-e)

This is a wonderful side dish that is easy to prepare. Believe it or not, it has less than 100 calories and both spinach and sesame offer many health benefits. is the source, but I relied on memory when I used to make these in Islamabad with a slightly more bitter and mature spinach leaves, so the result here with baby spinach was very salty. So I’ve adjusted the recipe here, while the pictures look different showing much less spinach, down to 1 cup, after it was steamed.


  • 6 oz (170 g) Spinach
  • 1 Tbsp Sesame seeds
  • 1 Tbsp Light Soy Sauce
  • 1/2 tsp Sugar

Toast the sesame seeds on a pan — or you can skip this part if you have toasted sesame seeds already. Grind the sesame seeds. (When I didn’t have a mortar and pestle I used an empty sauce jar.) Steam spinach over boiling water for a minute. Blend soy sauce and sugar then pour over spinach. Sprinkle sesame and toss.

You can also try this Japanese style recipe which includes sake and mirin to make the sesame sauce.

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