Where has all the time gone lately? It seems like around this time every year, things just start getting busy. I have so many plans for a new and improved site, and yet no time to work on them, let along cook! With so much going on, the last thing many people want to do is spend hours and hours in the kitchen, and I don’t blame them. Luckily, I’ve got just the fix for a quick and easy side dish!
Ohitashi refers to a side dish of boiled greens in a soy sauce/dashi broth. You can use any green leafy vegetable for this dish, but my favorite is spinach. Easy to make, just blanch the leaves and marinate till ready to eat! Even easier than spinach goma-ae, this is a super easy dish for busy weeknights. When I have a particularly busy week, I usually like to make a whole lot of it at once and have it waiting in the fridge for me, ready to go when I need it!
Enjoy this quick and easy recipe, and stay tuned for lots of fancy updates in the future!
Recipe – Marinated Spinach:
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 5 mins
Yields: 4 servings
- 1 bunch fresh spinach
- 1 tablespoon mirin
- 2 tablespoons soy sauce
- 1/2 cup dashi
- a handful of dried bonito flakes for garnsih
- Bring a large pot of water to boiling over high heat. Put the spinach in the pot and cook for one minute, until soft.
- Immediately drain and rinse the spinach under cold water from the faucet until cool to the touch.
- While the spinach is cooling off, add the mirin, soy sauce and dashi in a small pot and bring to a boil over medium high heat. Let it simmer for about 3 to 5 minutes until the alcohol has cooked off, then remove from heat.
- Once the spinach is cool, take it in your hands and gently squeeze the leaves until all the excess water is out.
- Place the spinach on a cutting board and cut it into 2 inch blocks.
- Place the spinach in a air tight container, pour the dashi broth over it, and refrigerate until ready to eat!
- Sprinkle a handful of bonito flakes on the spinach right before serving.
Do you you have any other recipes you want to learn how to make? If so, let me know! If not, いただきます! (Let’s eat!)