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japanese gomae

This past weekend was the annual Toyota family picnic so I wanted to try my hand at making some of my favorite japanese dishes as an ode to the family. Gomae is a simple and delicious japanese dish that’s easy to replicate at home. I know this because I’ve never made it before and I did it in about 5 minutes flat.

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japanese gomae

Gomae is a simple and delicious japanese dish that's easy to replicate at home.

Course Appetizer, Side Dish
Keyword japanese gomae, sesame seeds, vegan gomae
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 1 minute
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 6
Author Lauren Toyota



  1. Fill a large pot a quarter full with water and bring to a boil. Once the water is boiling toss in the spinach and use a spoon or a pair of tongs to submerse the spinach allowing it to wilt. Allow it to boil in the water for no more than 20 secs. Then drain and rinse under cold water until it's cool enough to touch. Make sure you completely cool the spinach to stop it from cooking. You want it to remain the vibrant green colour. You can use your hands to squeeze the excess water from the spinach.

  2. Using a mortar and pestle crush the sesame seeds. Alternatively you can also buy gomashio in specialty food stores, which is crushed sesame seeds with sea salt. Just be sure to reduce the amount of soy sauce or tamari you use so that's it's not too salty.
  3. In a mixing bowl whisk together the soy sauce or tamari, maple syrup, and sesame oil. Then stir in the crushed sesame seeds. Toss in the spinach and coat evenly.

1 comment

  • Noelle 2 years ago

    The amount of sesame seeds is not specified.

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