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

Horenso No Goma Miso Ae (Spinach with Sesame Miso Sauce)
  • Yield:4
  • Active time:20 minutes
  • Total time:20 minutes

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.


  • 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.