How to Turn Spinach into a Meal


You’re optimistic about spinach every time you’re at the grocery store. This time you’ll definitely make smoothies, salads or quiche. Before it wilts. Now it’s almost time to throw it away and you’re panicking. The spinach just didn’t seem it could deliver on flavor. Here’s how to turn a whole bunch of spinach into a meal if you just have a bowl of rice. It’s the Korean way.

Just a quick public service announcement on spinach. You need it. It has just 23 calories per 100 grams. Yet it’s 2.9% protein and 2.2% fiber. More than that you’re going to get all these nutritional goodies: carotenoids, vitamin C, vitamin K, folic acid, iron, and calcium.


A classic Korean side dish is Spinach Namul 시금치나물 or generically called Spinach Banchan 시금치반찬 (Spinach Side Dish). We really need better names for our food. So let’s start a culinary movement in nameology here at The Seoulite. Therefore, in the new world, this dish will be called:

Garlic Sesame Spinach

It is simple, yet savory with the classic Korean flavor palate of soy sauce, garlic, sesame oil, and sweetness. To me, the strongest flavor is the sesame, which I love the most.

Here is a recipe for Garlic Sesame Spinach from Korean Babsang.

Here is the diva of Korean YouTube cooking with her recipe for Garlic Sesame Spinach:

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