Steamed sesame spinach

    15 min

    Juicy, tender spinach has a natural affinity with sesame and looks stunning flecked with the pale creamy seeds.

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    Serves: 4 

    • 450g spinach, thick stems removed
    • pinch of dried crushed chillies
    • 2 tsp toasted sesame oil
    • 1/2 tsp salt
    • 1 tsp lemon juice
    • 1 tbsp sesame seeds, toasted

    Prep:10min  ›  Cook:5min  ›  Ready in:15min 

    1. Put the spinach in a medium saucepan with just the water clinging to the leaves after washing. Add the crushed chillies and cook for 3–5 minutes until just wilted. Drain thoroughly and transfer to a serving bowl.
    2. Sprinkle the spinach with the sesame oil, salt and lemon juice and toss to mix. Sprinkle with toasted sesame seeds, then serve at once.


    *This recipe would also work well for broccoli. Cut the spears into florets and slice the stems. Either cook in a little water or steam the broccoli with the chilli flakes for 3–4 minutes or until just tender. Complete as above.
    *Dried crushed chillies are not the same as chilli powder and are readily available in jars.
    *This would make a lovely dish to serve as part of a Chinese meal

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