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Japanese Goma Ae

Goma-ae is a simple Japanese dish that uses sesame seeds to add a rich nutty flavour to vegetables and is very easy to make at home.

We make the sesame seed dressing in a traditional Japanese suribachi, but you could use a pestle and mortar.

Goma Ae

Serves: 4 | Dietary: Vegan, Gluten Free using tamari instead of shoyu


  • 200g Seasonal green vegetables (kale, spinach, french beans, broccoli etc. )


  • 3 tbsp sesame seeds
  • 1 tbsp shoyu
  • 1 tbsp light brown sugar
  • Use a Japanese suribachi, which is a traditional pestle and mortar. Alternatively a spice grinder could be used.


  1. Wash and cut the vegetables into bite sizes.
  2. Steam until cooked and cool down under running water.
  3. Drain excess water and wipe with kitchen paper.
  4. Roast slowly the sesame seeds in a pan and until a golden colour.
  5. Then mash up until it becomes a paste.
  6. Mix shoyu and sugar well then add to prepared vegetables.


  • If paste is too stiff to mix, add the warm water that came from the steamed vegetables.
  • It is very easy to burn sesame seeds - when you are roasting it always move the pan around on a low heat.
Goma ae

Photos by the fabulous Rob at Eat Pictures

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