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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
Cuisine Japanese
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 seconds. 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 color. 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 low-sodium soy sauce or tamari you use so that's it's not too salty.
  3. In a mixing bowl whisk together the low-sodium soy sauce or tamari, maple syrup, and sesame oil. Then stir in the crushed sesame seeds. Toss in the spinach and coat evenly.