Sauteed Spinach with Toasted Sesame Oil


revised72This recipe offers a great way to add something new to standard sautéed spinach. Toasted sesame oil is a dark, almost coffee colored, oil that has a strong, nutty flavor. It is unsaturated, has no trans fats, and is a good source of vitamins E and K. The use of this oil along with ginger, soy and rice vinegar give this dish a distinctly Asian flair. This would be a great accompaniment for Asian Spiced Chicken or a beautiful piece of grilled fish.



  • 2 t. toasted sesame oil
  • 1 T. sesame seeds
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 t. minced ginger
  • 1 10-ounce bag fresh spinach, (see Ingredient note), tough stems removed
  • 2 t. rice vinegar
  • 1 t. reduced-sodium soy sauce                                     


  1. Heat oil in a large nonstick skillet or Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Add sesame seeds, garlic and ginger; cook, stirring, until fragrant, about 30 seconds.
  2. Add spinach and cook, stirring, until just wilted, about 2 minutes.
  3. Remove from heat; stir in vinegar and soy sauce. Serve immediately.

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