Spinach Ohitashi

September 3, 2009

Yum Yum

Yum Yum

I love love love spinach! And Japanese preparations of spinach are the best. Well, there’s creamed spinach, whoever invented that is a genius. Probably a French genius, given that it is creamed and often laden with cheese. Perhaps I will amend my opinion to this: not only are Japanese preparations of spinach super delicious, they are also super healthy. Typically, spinach ohitashi is garnished with bonito flakes. I used sesame seeds because I didn’t have bonito, I used it up when I made zaru soba. And yes, I was too lazy to go to Konbiniya, my nearby Japanese convenience store. If you say “convenience” with a Japanese accent you will understand where the word “konbiniya” comes from. Sesame seeds are perfectly acceptable, and healthful, too.

Makes just enough for ME. Or, about 8 little 2 cm x 4 cm bundles.

1 pound spinach leaves

pinch of sea salt

1/4 cup dashi or 1 tablespoon of tamari soy sauce diluted with 2 tablespoons of water

bonito flakes or sesame seeds for garnish

Put well-washed, wet spinach leaves into a very large pot, sprinkle with a pinch of sea salt and cover. Turn the heat on to high and steam for about three minutes. Pull lid off and gaze through the puffs hot steam to see how wilted the spinach is. It will be almost done. Turn spinach over to mix and put the lid back on for another couple of minutes. Now it’s done. I caution you not to overcook it! It should be bright green and tender but crisp. Drain into a colander and let cool for several minutes. When cool enough to handle, pick up and squeeze gently and thoroughly. I like to portion spinach into two and roll with a bamboo mat, a maki su. It makes a tidy roll of spinach that I cut into even bundles. You can also pile spinach into one or two bowls. Either way, finish with a drenching of dashi or diluted tamari soy sauce and bonito flakes or sesame seeds.

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2 Responses to “Spinach Ohitashi”

  1. june said

    dawne! I also love, love, love spinach and in particular japanese preparations of it! we make something very similar to this on a regular basis…cannot get enough of it!

  2. dawnegourley said

    Same here, June. Cannot get enough of it!

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