Simple Spinach with Sesame Seeds

Simple Spinach with Sesame Seeds

I'm posting this recipe to keep a record of what my mom taught me.
This is a standard Japanese dish that you can readily make any time.
Try it for a snack or for your bento.

Ingredients: 4 servings

1 bunch
☆ Ground black sesame seeds
3 tablespoons
☆ Sake
2 teaspoons
☆ Sugar
1 to 2 tablespoons
☆ Soy sauce
1 tablespoon


1. Carefully rinse the spinach, immerse in boiling water, parboil briefly, then dunk in chilled water.
2. Once the spinach cools, squeeze out the excess water, then chop into 3-5 cm lengths.
3. Combine the ☆ ingredients, add chopped spinach and toss, then serve.
4. Here's a tip! The oxalic acid that produces the bitterness of the spinach disappears when parboiled.
5. Apparently, if you take in a large amount of oxalic acid, it can accumulate in your body and bind with calcium, so you may become at risk of stone formation or osteoporosis, but...
6. ...there's no way you can consume massive amounts of spinach at one time, and by simply parboiling it in a generous amount of water, you'll be fine!

Story Behind this Recipe

My mother taught me this recipe.
Since it's a simple, basic Japanese dish, I'm posting it as a record for my daughter.