Japanese Side Dish | Green Bean Goma-ae (sesame soy dressing)

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Gomaae (sesame-soy sauce dressing) may become one of your favorite ways to each your vegetables. And this new variation is not only delicious, but also visually striking. We normally don’t eat black specked food every day, now do we? The flavor is similar to the white sesame seeds, however, black sesame is just a little nuttier in my opinion. Try this recipe for a slightly different spin on the traditional goma-ae and you’ll be in for a treat!


  • 12 ounces green beans washed (trimmed, cut into 1 inch pieces)
  • 6 Tbsp black sesame seeds toasted (ground in a suribachi or food processor)
  • 1 Tbsp sugar
  • 1 Tbsp soy sauce
  • 1/2 Tbsp mirin


  1. Prepare dressing by mixing sugar, shoyu, and mirin. Set aside.
  2. Toast and grind black sesame seeds. Set aside. (I ground ~50% of the seeds and left the rest intact.)
  3. In a medium pot, bring lightly salted water to a boil.
  4. Blanch green beans for roughly 2 minutes.
  5. Quickly pour out and cover with a bowl of ice and run cool water over the beans to stop cooking.
  6. Place into a large bowl and add dressing and black sesame seeds and mix.
  7. Top with additional sesame seeds prior to serving.


Make sure not to overcook the green beans, since they are best enjoyed when they still have a slight bite/crunch. At least that’s how I like them!!


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