So good, so easy, and so healthy. Get your daily Popeye spinach allowance with the easiest recipe ever for this Korean sesame spinach side dish.
If not the easiest, it is certainly one of the easiest. Boil spinach and season with sesame oil and salt. Garnish with toasted sesame seeds too if you like.
There are many variations of this recipe. This is the simplest one. Some recipes also include the following:
- very finely grated raw garlic
- Korean chili paste
- Korean soybean paste
- soy sauce
However, this recipe is similar to what you would probably find at Korean restaurants that serve this spinach side dish as part of the “banchan” set or complimentary side dishes the meal usually come with.
While baby spinach could be used, it is traditional to use adult long stemmed spinach. The stem adds a crunchy note to the dish that you just don’t get with baby spinach alone. Other vegetables you could use are:
- broccoli florets
- shredded carrots
- mung bean sprouts
- soybean sprouts
Since it only requires boiling water, you could scoop it out and have the boiling pot of water ready to cook the other vegetables above or these 5-minute Korean mung bean sprouts.
Step 1: Boil spinach
After cutting off the edge of the spinach stems, drop in boiling water. You could salt to the water, but this is typically seasoned after cooking.
It will only take about a minute for the spinach to be properly cooked. Drain and shock in ice water or run the spinach under very cold water.
Step 2: Squeeze out water
Once the spinach has been cooked, squeeze out the excess water with your hands. This requires taking handfuls of the spinach and pressing them between both hands to get as much liquid out as you can.
This can be tedious, but luckily it is only one bunch of spinach.
Step 3: Season spinach
Toss the squeezed out spinach with sesame oil and salt. Your hands have already gotten to know the spinach quite well, so why not use them again to massage in the seasonings?
Step 4: Serve or Store
This dish can be served cold or at room temperature. Make this ahead of time, and leave it in the fridge. Snack on it with rice, noodle soup, or other side dishes. Consume within 2-3 days.
Why does Popeye eat spinach out of a can when he could just eat this?
Easiest Ever Korean Sesame Spinach
- 1 bunch spinach organic if you can find it
- 1 Tb sesame oil
- 1/2 tsp sea salt or 1 tsp kosher salt
- 1 tsp toasted sesame seeds
- Bring large pot of water to a boil. Add spinach and cook until just wilted. About 1 minute.
- Drain spinach and shock in ice water or run under cold water. Squeeze excess water out of the spinach.
- Season spinach with sesame oil and salt. Garnish with sesame seeds.