|Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)|
|Amount per serving|
|% Daily Value*|
|Total Fat 5g||6%|
|Saturated Fat 1g||3%|
|Total Carbohydrate 8g||3%|
|Dietary Fiber 3g||11%|
|Total Sugars 3g|
|Vitamin C 12mg||58%|
|*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.|
Appetizers and side dishes play a key role in Korean cuisine, and sigumchi namul (seasoned spinach) has everything you need to make a particular tasty side. To make this popular Korean side dish (banchan), fresh spinach is blanched and seasoned with soy sauce, sesame oil, sesame seeds, sesame salt/gomasio, and garlic with a touch of sugar. It is also part of other well-known main dishes in Korea, such as bibimbap (rice with mixed vegetables), chap chae (stir-fried noodles), and kimbap (rice and seaweed rolls).
This Korean spinach dish side is easily customizable. If you want to use more or less of any of the ingredients, depending on your tastes, feel free to do so. Those with specific health concerns, for example, may want to use less soy sauce (or use a low-sodium version) or less sugar. But you can feel good about a dish such as sigumchi namul, because spinach is one of the best plant-based foods you can eat. It's chock-full of iron.
Gather the ingredients.
Blanch the spinach in boiling water for 30 seconds.
Quickly remove the spinach to a colander and rinse it under cold water.
Gently squeeze the spinach to remove excess water and transfer to a serving bowl.
In a measuring cup or small bowl, combine the soy sauce, sesame oil, sesame seeds, sesame salt, garlic, and sugar. Mix well.
Pour the dressing over the spinach and toss gently. Serve and enjoy.
- If you can't find gomasio, use 1 tablespoon of slightly crushed toasted sesame seeds—both white and black if possible—along with about 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon of sea salt, or to taste.
- Instead of blanching the spinach in boiling water you can steam it in a small amount of water. Add about 2 inches of water to the pot and bring it to a boil. Add a steamer insert or colander and then add the spinach leaves. Cover the pot and cook for 1 to 2 minutes or until the spinach is wilted. Remove the spinach and rinse it with cold water.
- Another way to cook the spinach is in a large sauté pan or wok. Rinse the spinach and drain, leaving some water clinging to the leaves. Place the pan over medium heat and add the spinach, a little at a time. Toss with tongs until it is all wilted. Remove the spinach to a colander and rinse with cold water.
- For spicier version, add 2 to 4 teaspoons of gochujang to the sauce mixture.
- Add 2 finely chopped scallions to the sauce mixture.
What is Gomasio?
Gomasio is Japanese salt condiment made with unhulled toasted sesame seeds and salt.