Horenso No Goma Miso Ae (Spinach with Sesame Miso Sauce)

Spinach is tossed with a nutty sesame sauce.

Adapted from Gourmet

Note: In honor of the season, I substituted half the traditional spinach with chard. To do the same, rinse chard and drain. Remove large ribs and discard. Blanch chard in boiling water for 1 minute and drain. Continue recipe as with spinach.

Horenso No Goma Miso Ae (Spinach with Sesame Miso Sauce)

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About This Recipe

Active time:20 minutes
Total time:20 minutes
This recipe appears in: Serious Entertaining: Japanese Home Cooking


  • 40 ounces spinach, washed, stems intact
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons Japanese sesame paste
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons white miso paste
  • 1 tablespoon water
  • 1 teaspoon soy sauce
  • 3 teaspoons sesame seeds, toasted


  1. 1

    Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. In batches, blanch spinach for 30 seconds and drain. Wring blanched spinach to remove as much water as possible.

  2. 2

    Roughly chop spinach and place in a large bowl.

  3. 3

    In a small bowl, whisk together sesame paste, miso paste, water, and soy sauce until well combined.

  4. 4

    Add sesame sauce to spinach and toss to coat. Sprinkle with sesame seeds and serve.


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