Garlic-Sesame Sautéed Spinach

Garlic-Sesame Sautéed Spinach

Inspired by the classic Korean side dish sigeumchi namul, this easy sautéed spinach recipe features the rich flavour of toasted sesame oil, paired with fresh spring onions, garlic, and rice vinegar for a bright, addictive taste.

This recipe works best with mature, full-leaf spinach, which maintains more texture than baby spinach. However, baby spinach can also be used if that’s what you have on hand.

To complete the meal, this spinach is perfect in a bowl of bibimbap, alongside kimbap, or served over rice with baked tofu or pan-fried salmon for a quick dinner.



  • 1 garlic clove (or 1 tbs KIFG Garlic Granules)
  • 2 spring onions, thinly sliced
  • 2 tsp toasted sesame seeds
  • 2 tsp toasted sesame oil
  • 2 tsp low-sodium soy sauce
  • 1 tsp rice vinegar
  • 1/2 tsp granulated sugar
  • Pinch of red pepper flakes (optional)
  • 450g fresh spinach, trimmed and washed
  • 1 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil, for the pan



Step 1:
In a medium bowl, stir together the garlic, spring onions, sesame seeds, sesame oil, soy sauce, vinegar, sugar, and red pepper flakes if using.

Step 2:
Roughly chop the spinach into large pieces. Add a thin layer of olive oil to a large skillet over medium heat. Add the spinach and cook until bright green and wilted, 1 to 2 minutes. Use tongs to transfer the spinach to the bowl with the sauce, and toss to coat.

Step 3:
Let cool for 5 minutes, then taste and adjust seasonings as desired.


Enjoy this vibrant and flavourful side dish that pairs wonderfully with a variety of meals!

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