Simple and Delicious Spinach Side Dish

Simple and Delicious Spinach Side Dish

This is a simple yet slightly elegant dish using dashi stock.

Ingredients: serves 4

1 bunch
to taste (about a pinch or two)
240 ml
● Usukuchi soy sauce
2 tablespoons
2 tablespoons
●Dashi stock granules
1/2 teaspoon
Bonito flakes
a small amount
Soy sauce
a small amount


1. Put the water, light soy sauce, and mirin in a pot and bring to a boil.
2. Stop the heat, and after it cools a bit, add dashi stock and let it cool.
3. Wash the spinach in plenty of running water.
4. Prepare cold water in a large bowl (In the summer you'll want ice water, but in the winter water is OK).
5. Add salt to plenty of water, then once it's come to a boil, add spinach and boil.
6. Put the spinach in cold water you prepared in Step 4.
7. Once the spinach has cooled, wring it dry, then cut into 5 cm.
8. After draining thoroughly again, soak in the flavoring liquid from Step 1 for flavor.
9. Transfer to a serving dish and top with bonito flakes. Pour soy sauce over while tasting.

Story Behind this Recipe

There are times when I only use soy sauce and bonito flakes, but sometimes I make it without cutting corners.
Mizuna, komatsuna, and Chinese cabbage are also delicious. You can also boil and add enoki or shimeji mushrooms. They are tasty as well.