This recipe for Spinach Gomaae (Sesame Sauce) is super easy. I love it because you can literally eat an entire bag of spinach in one sitting. The sugar gives it a delicate sweetness and I can't get enough of sesame flavor. I think this recipe turns out best when you grind your own fresh sesame seeds but there are tubes of ground sesame paste available at most Asian grocery stores if you don't have the time. I also recommend eating this dish chilled vs. warm but it is really delicious either way!
1 bag or bunch of organic spinach 2 tbsp of ground or roasted sesame seeds (tubes of ground sesame seed paste available in most Asian grocery stores) 1 tbsp of soy sauce (low sodium preferred) 1 tsp of sugar 3 tbsp of sesame oil
Directions: 1. Combine sesame seeds, soy sauce and sugar in a bowl. If using roasted sesame seeds, then grind them with a mortar and pestle before adding to the mixture. 2. Wash and stem spinach. If using baby spinach, no need to stem. 3. Saute spinach quickly on high heat so that the spinach does not overcook. To do this:
- Turn burner to high
- Add 1 tbsp sesame oil to a medium saute pan
- Add a medium sized bunch of spinach
- Stir and cook until just wilted
- Remove and set aside
- Cook in batches until done.