Goma-ae Japanese greens

Serve this flavour-packed side dish alongside a Japanese feast. Spinach and green beans are tossed in a dressing of soy, miso, mirin and sesame seeds

  • Prep:10 mins
    Cook:5 mins
  • Serves 4
  • Easy

Nutrition per serving

  • kcal 120
  • fat 5g
  • saturates 1g
  • carbs 10g
  • sugars 8g
  • fibre 4g
  • protein 5g
  • salt 0.9g


  • 200g fine green beans, trimmed
  • 250g spinach
  • 4 tbsp sesame seeds, toasted
  • 1 tbsp soy
  • 1 tbsp caster sugar
  • 1 tbsp white miso
  • 1 tbsp mirin
  • gomashio(salted sesame seeds), to serve (optional, available from amazon.co.uk)


  1. Get a bowl of iced water ready. Bring a pan of salted water to the boil, add the green beans and cook for 2-3 mins until bright green but still crunchy. Use a slotted spoon to remove the beans and plunge them into the ice water. Add the spinach to the boiling water and cook for 20-30 secs, then remove and add to the ice water. Once cool, drain the greens in a sieve over the bowl and set aside for 5 mins so that all the water drips out of them.

  2. Make the dressing by grinding the sesame seeds with a pestle and mortar or spice grinder, then mix in the other ingredients. Toss the greens in the dressing, top with the gomashio, if using, and serve.