RECIPE: Spinach Ohitashi (Spinach Steeped in Dashi)

RECIPE: Spinach Ohitashi (Spinach Steeped in Dashi)

Spinach ohitashi is a simple Japanese side dish that combines flavors from the earth and sea: blanched spinach steeped inkatsuobushi (dried flakes of skipjack tuna/bonito)dashi.

Servings: 2



  1. Cut off the roots of the spinach if attached and make a cross-shaped cut at the base of the thick shaft. Wash in a bowl of water and drain.
  2. Bring a pot of water to a boil and add salt. Add the spinach starting from its base and boil for about about 1½  to 2 mins then drain.
  3. Gather the spinach by the roots and wring out the water. Align and cut into 3-4cm pieces. 
  4. In a small bowl, combine the dashi and soy sauce. Add ⅓ of this mixture to the spinach, mix and then squeeze out the liquid. This adds flavor to the spinach and prevents it from getting soggy.
  5. Add the rest of the dashi and soy sauce mixture from step 4 to the spinach and let sit for a while to let the flavors blend.
  6. Place in a small bowl and top with katsuobushi.

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