Gomaae (or Goma-ae) is a Japanese side dish that is tossed vegetables in sesame sauce. It's an easy and healthy plant-based salad.
If you have been to a Japanese restaurant, you might have tried this simple side dish before. It's a refreshing salad with an aroma of sesame seeds.
Spinach (horenso) gomaae is the most popular, but gomaae can be for any vegetables!
I will show you how to make gomaae with 4 different vegetables (spinach, green beans, broccoli, and asparagus) in this recipe.
- This recipe is for you if:
- You love Japanese food.
- You want to learn how to make gomaae.
- You are looking for Japanese side dish.
- You are looking for easy vegetable dish.
Does it sound like you? Then let's dive into it! If you just want to check the recipe, please jump to the recipe from the link below.
About this recipe
- Basic Japanese side dish
- Plant-based recipe
- Cooking time under 10 minutes
- Only 4 ingredients
What is gomaae??
Gomaae is the most basic recipe for Japanese home-cooked food. "Goma" means sesame seeds, "ae" means tossing together.
It is a side dish that sesame sauce (made from sugar, soy sauce, ground sesame seeds) and vegetables are tossed together. You can call it Goma salad or Japanese sesame salad.
The most common ingredient is spinach, but gomaae is versatile, and you can apply it to many other vegetables. So you will see more variations in the following.
Here are the ingredients (amounts are in the recipe card below).
- Vegetables: Green beans (Ingen in Japanese) or Broccoli or Asparagus or Spinach
- Sesame sauce: Ground sesame seeds, Sugar, Soy sauce
These are my favrites vegetables for gomaae. Please pick your favorite one. I also listed up other vegetables in the following section to give you more ideas.
Some recipes add dashi, sake, or salt for sesame sauce, but soy sauce, sesame, and sugar are the basic combinations for the sauce.
Freshly ground sesame seeds are flavorful and smell so good, but I use store-bought one as it's handy.
If you want to grind sesame seeds on your own, please check here:How to grind sesame seeds. You will need a mortar and a pestle for grinding.
How to make gomaae is so simple.
- Steam (or boil) vegetables
- Make sesame sauce
- Toss them all together.
Let me walk you through each step. You can also watch this video.
Each vegetable requires a slightly different process. And step 2 and 3 are the same for all the vegetables.
- Steam vegetable: Place a steamer basket on a pot (or use a steamer if you have), pour 1 cup of water, place vegetable, cover, and steam on medium heat.
- Green beans (Ingen in Japanese) >> Steam for 2 minutes and cut into bite-size pieces.
- Spinach >> Steam for 1-2 minutes, put in the cold water to prevent cooking further, squeeze water out, and cut into bite-size pieces.
- Asparagus >> Cut in half to fit the pot, steam for 2 minutes, and cut into bite-size pieces.
- Broccoli >> Separate stalk and florets, cut into bite-size pieces, steam stalk for 2mins first, add florets, and steam for another 2 minutes (We cook stalk as it's sweet and crunchy).
- Make sesame sauce: Put sugar, soy sauce, and ground sesame seeds in a bowl and mix well (1 and 2 in the image below).
- Toss: Add the vegetable and toss them all together (3 and 4 in the image below).
Here you go! Which one do you like? Or do you want to make them all? I hope you will enjoy all of them!
You can keep in the fridge for 3 days. But water will come out over time and will get soggy so I recommend to eat as soon as possible.
You can also keep in the freezer for one 1 month. Throw at room temperature when you eat it.
Like I mentioned earlier, gomaae goes well with so many other vegetables. You can try these as well:
- Bean sprout (Moyashi)
- Mushrooms (shiitake, enoki, shimeji, eryngii)
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Gomaae is easy to make, a simple side dish that takes under 10 minutes. Pick your favorite green veggie and enjoy!
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Vegetable of your choice
- 1 bunch Spinach, 200g
- 1 bag Green beans, 80g
- 6 Asparagus, 120g
- 1 Broccoli, 300g
- Steam vegetable: Steam (or boil) vegetable of your choice and cut it into bite-size pieces.
- Make sesame sauce: Put sugar, soy sauce, and ground sesame seeds in a bowl and mix well.
- Toss: Add the vegetable and toss them all together.
- Equipment: A large pot and steamer basket for steaming vegetables.
- Storage: It will last for 3 days in the fridge and one month in the freezer. Throw at room temperature when you eat it.
- Please see the instructions for how to steam vegetables.