16 In Side Dish/ Vegetable

Hourensou No Gomaae Recipe (Spinach Salad with Sesame Sauce)

spinach with sesame sauce

spinach with sesame sauce

This is a spinach salad with a flavorful sesame sauce (hourensou no goma-ae) that is very similar to our Green Beans with Sesame Sauce, and is a great little side dish.  It is super quick to make, but very nutritious and tasty.

It’s best to make your own ground sesame using Suribachi (mortar) and Surikogi (pestle), but you can also use store-bought ground sesame.  Freshly ground sesame has a stronger aroma.

If you’d like more detailed instructions, please watch our Green Beans with Sesame Sauce video as a reference.

Spinach with Sesame Sauce Recipe

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 5 minutes

Yield: 2-3 servings


  • 1/2 lb spinach
  • 1 Tbsp soy sauce
  • 2 tsp sugar
  • 1 Tbsp roasted sesame seeds, ground
  • roasted sesame seeds for garnish


  1. Blanch spinach in boiling water for 1 minute.
  2. Cool under running water and squeeze out water. Cut into 1" sections.
  3. Grind sesame seeds, and mix with soy sauce and sugar in a bowl.
  4. Mix sauce and spinach.
  5. Sprinkle sesame seeds on spinach.

spinach with sesame sauce

Step 2
spinach with sesame sauce

Step 3

spinach with sesame sauce

Step 4

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  • J. Kiyomi Okano
    September 19, 2013 at 4:19 pm

    Both my parents were born in the US but were raised in Japan by relatives. As a child, my mom use to make something similar to this, but I remember her putting tofu in cheese cloth and squeezing the liquid out and putting it in a dish similar to this. Some times she would slice up konyaku and put that in it also. My mother loved to cook japanese food for our family and friends BUT she never wrote any of her recipes down.

  • Namita
    January 14, 2014 at 1:35 am

    Can you plz teach me how to make gobu salad

    • Noriko
      February 1, 2014 at 12:19 pm

      you mean gobo? Long burdock root? If so, we’d like to make it soon, so stay tuned!

  • Paula
    January 31, 2014 at 1:10 am

    Thank you for all your videos! I have made many of your recipes & they pass the test with my 86 year old mother! She says many of the recipes are like her obachan’s recipes! Keep doing what you’re doing! Gambate!

    • Noriko
      February 1, 2014 at 11:13 am


  • Gem Budd
    February 24, 2014 at 10:44 pm

    My kids and I love Japanese food a lot. Whenever we go out to eat, they prefer Japanese restaurant. Today, for the first time, I served them Tamagoyaki and they are very pleased. Thank u for putting up this site. Can u please add grilled and fried tofu recipes? Thanks!

    • Noriko
      February 25, 2014 at 10:50 am

      Glad you liked the recipe!

  • Katarina
    June 2, 2014 at 11:16 pm

    Dear ,
    I work in one hotel where mostly come Japanese groups.
    Can you give me such information what is best for breakfast so they can be satisfied.

    Best regards

    • Noriko
      June 2, 2014 at 11:24 pm

      we have breakfast menu on our web and video sites.

  • Day M.
    June 27, 2014 at 11:59 am

    This is so easy and delicious. I ended up making more and using it in my bento. It made for a nice treat at lunch.

    • Noriko
      September 13, 2014 at 10:34 pm

      glad you liked our Hourensou No Gomaae recipe! Try our Spinach Ohitashi too!

  • Karen
    January 9, 2016 at 9:34 am

    Getting ready to make this for the second time, I will make a double batch and nibble on it all week. Delicious recipe, thank you.

    • Noriko
      January 11, 2016 at 11:14 pm

      thanks for trying our recipe!

  • Susan
    January 11, 2016 at 11:42 am

    Thank you for all the beautifull recipes! When it says soy sauce do you mean the salty kind? Thank you.

    • Noriko
      January 11, 2016 at 11:24 pm

      we use regular soy sauce, but you can substitute with reduced salt one.