Goma-ae: Kale with sesame sauce

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Author Notes: The Goma-ae (literally, "sesame-mixed") is one of the most basic and versatile Japanese dishes.

If you have soy sauce, sesame seeds and a bit of sugar, you can make the sesame sauce in no time, and it goes perfect not just with dark, leafy greens but also with varieties of vegetables, in any season.
Kyoko Ide

Serves 2

  • 1/2 bunch kale, stalks removed, cut into bite size pieces
  • 2 tablespoons toasted sesame seeds
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 2 teaspoons brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon water
  1. Grind the sesame in a mortar until the seeds are mostly broken.
  2. Add sugar and soy sauce to the sesame and mix well. Set aside.
  3. Put 1 cm water and kale into a pot, cover, and turn on the heat to medium-high. After about 4 minutes, turn the kale upside down so that all the kale cooks evenly.
  4. When the kale is cooked (about 8-10 minutes), drain well, and mix with the sesame sauce.

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9 months ago Hannah

I've made this twice now, and it is absolutely delicious. I like using maple syrup instead of brown sugar, purely because it mixes in more easily. I also add a little more soy sauce, and have used raw spinach instead of cooked kale, which was absolutely wonderful! Thank you so much for this recipe, it's the perfect light salad!


over 1 year ago Pegeen

Pegeen is a trusted home cook.

Kyoko, I am looking forward to making this! By the way, if you would like to edit the recipe, to add the ground sesame seeds to step 2, you can do that:
- Click on the little "head" icon in the upper right corner of the screen
- In the list, click on "Recipes"
- Find the recipe and click on it
- Under the title of the recipe, toward the left, there is a button to "Edit Recipe." Just click on that and make the changes.
- All the way at the bottom of the page, click the "Publish" button.


over 1 year ago Kyoko Ide

Pegeen, Thanks a lot for your suggestion! I tried to follow your instruction, but the "Edit Recipe" button does not appear, and I think it's because this recipe is currently in the 'dark leafy greens' contest. I read somewhere that during a contest, you cannot edit the recipe. When the button re-appears, I'll make the change.
Thanks, and I hope you'll like the sesame sauce!


over 1 year ago Kyoko Ide

In the procedure 2, the ground sesame seeds are to be mixed with sugar and soy sauce. Thanks!