The name of this recipe literally means “spinach dressed with sesame seeds.” If you think that sounds easy, well, it is! As with most Japanese dishes, it’s just a few simple ingredients that make for a complex flavour punch.
- 1 pound (450 g) fresh spinach, washed well, stems kept on
- 1/4 cup (60 mL) sesame seeds, plus more for garnish
- 2 tablespoons (30 mL) granulated sugar (optional)
- 2 tablespoons (30 mL) sake
- 1 1/2 tablespoons (22.5 mL) soy sauce
- Have ready a large bowl of ice water. Bring a large pot of water to a boil over high heat. Boil the spinach for about 30 seconds, or until it just wilts and is still a vibrant green colour. Using a slotted spoon or spider immediately plunge into the bowl of ice water. Allow spinach to cool completely.
- Drain the spinach, and squeeze it to remove excess water. Chop the spinach into 2- to 2 1/2-inch (5–6 cm) lengths, and set aside.
- Place the sesame seeds in a blender or food processor and grind until powdery. Add the sugar, if using, and blend. Add the soy sauce and sake, and then process until combined.
- In a bowl, coat the boiled spinach with the sesame-seed dressing. Serve drizzled with the dressing and garnished with whole sesame seeds.