Oshitashi - Boiled Spinach with Soy and Sesame Seeds

Nov 18, 2010 by Caroline Phelps | 0 Comments| Share it:   

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  • Prep: ~30 mins.
  • Cook: ~30 mins.
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Oshitashi is a very common side dish you will find in most Japanese restaurants and few ingredients are needed for its preparation. You can have Oshitashi as a side or eat it with a bowl of rice with pickles, umeboshi, mentaiko, bonito flakes, etc… The options are endless! The flavors are delicate, clean and perfectly balanced.


  • 1 bag pre-washed spinach
  • 1 tsp. sesame oil
  • 1 tsp. sesame seeds
  • 1 tsp. soy sauce

Step 1

Bring a pot or large pan of water to boil, with a little salt added.

Add spinach to boiling water and cook for a minute.

Step 2

Take the spinach out as soon as it starts to wilt a little (don't wait until it's completely wilted). Shock it in a bowl of cold water and ice (this stops it from cooking).

Step 3

Remove the spinach from ice water and squeeze out as much water as you can without pressing too hard on the spinach. You'll end up with a ball about the size of your hand.

Step 4

Roughly chop it, squeeze out a bit more water and gently separate the leaves.

Step 5

Put the spinach in a bowl and add soy, sesame seeds and sesame oil. Mix well and serve your Oshitashi!

Now that you have learned how to make oshitashi - boiled spinach with soy and sesame seeds, please be sure to view these other salad recipes and these vegetable recipes.

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