Based on ‘horenso gomae’ a Japanese dish that translates to spinach with sesame dressing, this simple version is mix and serve. No grinding required.






Skill level

Average: 4 (65 votes)


  • 1 bunch English spinach, washed but not picked
  • 2 tsp sake
  • 1 tbsp mirin
  • 1 tbsp sugar
  • 65 g (¼ cup) tahini
  • 1 tbsp soy sauce, plus extra for drizzling
  • drizzle of toasted sesame oil
  • 1 tsp toasted sesame seeds
  • bonito flakes (optional), to serve

Cook's notes

Oven temperatures are for conventional; if using fan-forced (convection), reduce the temperature by 20˚C. | We use Australian tablespoons and cups: 1 teaspoon equals 5 ml; 1 tablespoon equals 20 ml; 1 cup equals 250 ml. | All herbs are fresh (unless specified) and cups are lightly packed. | All vegetables are medium size and peeled, unless specified. | All eggs are 55-60 g, unless specified.


Serves 4 as a side dish.

  1. Bring a large saucepan of water to the boil. Plunge the spinach into the water roots first. Remove almost immediately and transfer to a large bowl of cold water. The spinach can keep in the cold water in the fridge for around 4 days. When ready to serve, remove the spinach from the water and wring out any excess moisture. Cut into 5-cm lengths. 
  2. Place the sake, mirin, sugar and 1 tablespoon of water in a small saucepan and bring to the boil. Combine the tahini, soy sauce and a dash of sesame oil in a bowl. Stir in the sake mixture, taste and adjust the seasoning if necessary.
  3. Spread the dressing over the base of a serving plate. Drizzle the spinach with a little extra soy sauce, then place on top of the dressing (or you can toss it all together). Scatter with sesame seeds and bonito flakes, if using and serve. 


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