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Spinach with a Japanese Twist

Recipe by Chef Kaku (Wasan Brooklyn)
Course Side Dish
Cuisine Japanese
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 3


  • 1 bunch Spinach
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • A pinch of Bonito Flake (Optional)
  • 8 cup Water


  • 1 cup Dashi Broth *1
  • 3 Tbsp Soy Sauce (Preferably Koikuchi) *2
  • 1 slice Lemon


  1. Wash spinach and cut into 2.5 in. length if too long.

  2. Boil 8 cups of water and add 1 tsp of salt.

  3. Add spinach and boil for 30 seconds.

  4. Take spinach out and cool it down immediately with running water.

  5. Once it's cooled down, squeeze with hands to drain any remaining water.

  6. Mix sauce ingredients in a separate bowl. Add drained spinach. (Note: No need to squeeze lemon, just add the slice into a bowl).

  7. Sprinkle some bonito flakes to finish.

Recipe Notes

*1 Get the recipe: Dashi
*2 Learn the difference between "koikuchi (dark)" and "usukuchi (light)" soy sauces.