Asian Spinach

Our 8 year old was very proud of herself when she managed to rustle up this Asian Spinach by Judy Joo. She declared it to be ‘DELICIOUS’ and she’s not usually a massive fan of spinach.  This is a vegan recipe too if that’s helpful….

What you need:

1 lb. spinach, washed
2 Tbs. Asian sesame oil
1 Tbs. Soy sauce (we use gluten free)
1 tsp. untoasted white sesame seeds
1 tsp. plain rice vinegar
1 tsp. granulated sugar
1/2 tsp. minced garlic
1/2 tsp. freshly ground black pepper

  • Plunge the spinach into plenty of boiling water until it goes bright green (about 10 seconds).
  • Drain and rinse under plenty of cold water (or plunge into icy water) to stop it cooking further.
  • Squeeze as much water out of it as possible and loosen it as you put it into a bowl.
  • Mix all the other ingredients together and then mix it up with the spinach.

Ideally leave it for an hour for the flavours to develop.

Gobble it up as quickly as you can before everyone else eats it.


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  • Modern Dad Pages
    May 15, 2015 AT 4:04 AM

    I never knew what to do with asian spinach so I will be trying this 🙂 Thank you for linking on #foodpornthursdays

    • International Elf Service
      May 15, 2015 AT 12:25 PM

      It’s really lovely just on its own!

  • Domesticated Momster
    May 14, 2015 AT 10:09 PM

    I can tell by the picture and the ingredients just how delicious this will be! I am a spinach fanatic and will literally throw some in a bowl with a bit of red wine vinegar and eat it up! Thanks so much for sharing this wonderfulness on #foodpornthursdays!

    • International Elf Service
      May 14, 2015 AT 10:34 PM

      I’m totally addicted to anything green! This really is good – you won’t regret making it and definitely err on more rather than less if you’re dithering about how much to make!

  • Becky, Cuddle Fairy
    May 14, 2015 AT 12:21 PM

    This sounds amazing. I love the idea of having spinach as it’s own dish like this with lots of tasty flavours. I add spinach into stirfries but have never served it on its own. Another delicious recipe from you! Thanks so much for linking up with #foodpornthursdays x

    • International Elf Service
      May 14, 2015 AT 8:56 PM

      It’s a pleasure and it really is so delicious. I try and put spinach in everything because my lot aren’t so keen on leafy greens (weirdos) so I have to hide it usually – until this recipe. Children make no sense…!

  • HonestMum
    May 9, 2015 AT 1:11 PM

    Oh wow well done to your 8 year old, delicious! Thanks for linking up to #tastytuesdays x

    • International Elf Service
      May 9, 2015 AT 1:22 PM

      She did really well with it! Yes – really delicious x

  • Fiona @ Free Range Chick
    February 16, 2015 AT 9:10 PM

    You have no idea how much I adore spinach, and this is making me so hungry for a bowl. Those Asian ingredients will be delicious with this – I am going to have to make some this week. What an excellent and ridiculously simple recipe! Thanks for sharing (o:


    • International Elf Service
      February 16, 2015 AT 9:19 PM

      Thank you so much for popping in to comment and yes, it really is incredibly delicious. I was going to say don’t underestimate how much you need to get relatively little at the end but you sound like you ‘know’ spinach 🙂 I’m having it AGAIN tomorrow. I hope I don’t overdo it and go off it!

  • HonestMum
    February 14, 2015 AT 3:34 PM

    Utterly gorgeous (I actually want this right this instant so am grumpy reading this 😉 ).. I follow my Mum’s Greek recipe using these longer, thinner spinach leaves (we can only find them in continental supermarkets and sometime Waitrose) with olive oil, fresh lemon and a little sea salt.

    • International Elf Service
      February 14, 2015 AT 8:46 PM

      That sounds so delicious! Is the taste of the slender spinach very different? My kind of food x

  • Laura | dairyfreekids
    February 14, 2015 AT 12:10 AM

    This looks delicious, I must try it! Well done to your 8 yr old!

    • International Elf Service
      February 14, 2015 AT 9:33 AM

      Thank you for popping in and commenting and yes she was very proud of herself!!!

  • Renee @ Mummy Tries
    February 13, 2015 AT 8:40 PM

    This looks so good, my type of side!!

    • International Elf Service
      February 14, 2015 AT 9:33 AM

      Mine too – must remember to ask her to make it more often! Thank you for commenting.

  • Emma
    February 13, 2015 AT 12:45 PM

    What a great way to liven up Spinach, although I love it anyway.And great that your 8 year old is so involved. #freefromfridays

  • vicki montague
    February 13, 2015 AT 12:30 PM

    Oooo what a lovely idea and well done to your 8 year old! This looks delicious and super healthy! Thanks for sharing #freefromfridays

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