Ohitashi

Ingredients

This traditional Asian dish consists of delicious spinach with toasted sesame seeds.

1 bunch spinach, rinsed well

¼ cup sesame seeds

1 teaspoon sugar

1 teaspoon soy sauce

Instructions

  1. Fill a shallow pan with water 1 inch deep and bring to a boil. 
  2. Place cleaned spinach carefully into pan and cover for 1 minute.  Drain off hot water and immediately add cold water over spinach to cover. 
  3. Let stand for 1 minute.  Ring out excess water from spinach (like you would a wet towel) and chop spinach into 1 inch pieces, including stems and roots. 
  4. In a dry pan heated on medium heat, toast sesame seeds till they turn light toasty brown and begin to pop.
  5. Grind in a suribachi or mortar and pestle.
  6. Once all seeds have been crushed, combine sugar and soy sauce. 
  7. Mix into chopped spinach until sesame seed mix in evenly distributed. 
  8. Serve immediately, or chill and serve cold.
Serving Size:
Makes 4-6 servings.
Origin:
Seattle Tilth
Chef:
Leika Suzumura
Category:
Side