This spinach side dish, or banchan, is one of the common side dishes served at a restaurant. It’s nutritious and makes a great addition to any Korean meal or packed lunch, dosirak.
What You Need:
- 8 oz spinach (Recommend using the pre-packaged spinach bags. Makes cleaning the spinach easy and no trimming needed)
- 8 cups water (plus 1 teaspoon salt)
- 1/8 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon sesame oil
- 1 teaspoon sesame seeds
- 1 clove minced garlic
Rinse spinach in cold water 2 to 3 times. You don’t want to end up eating gritty spinach! 😦
Add teaspoon of salt to water. Bring to a boil and add spinach. Cook for 30 seconds on high heat. The spinach only needs a short time to cook.
Pour spinach into a strainer and rinse under cold water several times until it’s cool to touch. Form into a ball and squeeze out the excess water.
Place spinach into a bowl with measured salt and minced garlic.
Pour 1 teaspoon of sesame oil. Mix ingredients well.
Sprinkle sesame seeds on top. Enjoy!