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Japanese Spinach Salad


We love spinach in our family and it’s actually one of the only veggies that everyone eats!  So we do have quite a few ways we prepare it – we put it in our Miso Soup, Garlic Spinach Stir Fry, Korean Inspired Garlic Sesame Spinach Salad, but when have some time and in the mood for something refreshing, we usually make this Japanese Spinach Salad! 

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The great thing about this recipe is that you can enjoy it either warm or cold, so it’s a dish that is adaptable to the season you’re  in! 

In the winter, warm it up and in the summer, cool it down for a very refreshing salad!

It’s a very light dish that’s swimming in a sweet soy umami sauce making a perfect little vegetable dish to pair with many Japanese meals here on LCA. 

It’s also super easy to make!  All we need to do is boil down the spinach for a couple of minutes to get it nice and soft.  From there, we make the umami sauce which consists of Bonito Flakes, Soy Sauce, Swerve/Monkfruit and Japanese sake all boiled down and poured on top of the cooked spinach. Enjoy right away for the warm version, or throw it in the fridge for the cold version!

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Aside from being super easy to make, the best part of this dish though might be the super vegetable in the spinach itself!  It’s loaded with high concentrations of minerals and vitamins as well as chlorophyll which is thought to help block the effects of carcinogen to your body. 

All this at a low-carb/keto friendly of ~3g net carbs per serving and tasting delish, what more can you ask for!

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The ingredients you need to enjoy this dish are Bonito Flakes, Soy Sauce, Swerve/Monkfruit and Japanese sake, most of which can be purchased on Amazon.

Now, let’s get started!

Prepping Time 5M

Cook Time 1M

Marinating Time 1H

Total Time 1H6M

Net Carb/Serving~3g

Servings 1

Ingredients

Directions

1) Gather all the ingredients.

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2)  Add enough water to boil the spinach in a large stove top pan.  Bring water to boil.

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3) In the meantime, prepare and wash spinach as needed.

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4) In a stove top pan, add 1/2 cup water, 1/2 cup Bonito Flakes, Japanese Sake, Swerve/MonkfruitSoy Sauce and bring to boil.  Once boiling, reduce heat to low and cook for 3 minutes.  After 3 minutes, remove from heat, strain Bonito Flakes from sauce and transfer remaining sauce into marinating bowl.

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5) Once water is boiling from step 2), add spinach leaves and boil for 75 seconds (or until spinach are cooked). Once 75 seconds has passed, rinse in cold water to stop the cooking process.

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6) Squeeze out any excess water from the spinach, cut the spinach into 1/2 inch length and transfer spinach into marinating bowl with sauce.

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7) Marinate for at least 1 hour and up to 4 hours in the fridge.  Serve as is for cold or put it in the microwave for 30 seconds to serve warm.  Top with bonito flakes before serving.

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Hope you enjoy your low-carb/keto Japanese Spinach Salad! 

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Japanese Spinach Salad

The BEST Asian Low-Carb/Keto recipe for Japanese Spinach Salad.  Enjoy this traditional Japanese fish at only ~3g Net Carb / Serving.  Step by step directions with pictures makes this recipe quick and easy.
5 from 2 votes
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: Japanese
Keyword: Asian spinach salad, boiled spinach salad, cooked spinach salad, keto spinach salad, low carb spinach salad, spinach side dish
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 1 minute
Marinating Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 6 minutes
Servings: 1
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Ingredients

  • 4-5 Cups Spinach Leaves
  • 1/2 Cup Water
  • 1/2 Cup Bonito Flakes
  • 1 tbsp Japanese Sake
  • 2 tsp Swerve or Monkfruit
  • 1 tbsp Soy Sauce
  • 1 tbsp Bonito Flakes sprinkle

Instructions

  • Gather all the ingredients.
  • Add enough water to boil the spinach in a large stove top pan. Bring water to boil.
  • In the meantime, prepare and wash spinach as needed.
  • In a stove top pan, add 1/2 cup water, 1/2 cup bonito flakes, Japanese Sake, Swerve/Monkfruit, soy sauce and bring to boil. Once boiling, reduce heat to low and cook for 3 minutes. After 3 minutes, remove from heat, strain bonito flakes from sauce and transfer remaining sauce into marinating bowl.
  • Once water is boiling from step 2), add spinach leaves and boil for 75 seconds (or until spinach are cooked). Once 75 seconds has passed, rinse in cold water to stop the cooking process.
  • Squeeze out any excess water from the spinach, cut the spinach into 1/2 inch length and transfer spinach into marinating bowl with sauce.
  • Marinate for at least 1 hour and up to 4 hours in the fridge. Serve as is for cold and put it in the microwave for 30 seconds to serve warm. Top with bonito flakes before serving.

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