Goma-ae with beans

11:30 am on 26 May 2014

Goma-ae is a Japanese side dish of vegetables in a sesame seed paste. Here I'm using black sesame seed powder for its unique nutty taste. This dish also works well with broccoli, cauliflower, asparagus or any seasonal vegetable.

Serves 4
Preparation time 5 minutes
Cooking time 2-3 minutes


  • 300g green beans
  • pinch of salt


  • 2 tbsp black sesame seed powder
  • 4 tsp brown sugar
  • 4 tsp soy sauce


To make the paste, mix together black sesame seed powder, brown sugar and soy sauce. Set aside.

Bring a pan of water to the boil, add beans and a pinch of salt and cook for 2-3 minutes. Drain and cut off the ends. Set aside to cool.

Once beans have reached room temperature, add the sesame seed paste to the beans.

Serve in a bowl to share.

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