Wilted Sesame Spinach


Wilted spinach can be kind of boring. But a nutty mixture of tahini, maple syrup, and tamari yields a creamy result with an unexpected flavor. Using sesame oil to cook the spinach imparts an assertive sesame flavor, but if you only have olive oil on hand, that works just as well. Saucy in nature, let the flavorful juices run into whatever you’re serving it with on the plate—like a rich salmon filet or juicy sliced steak.

Wilted Sesame Spinach
A flavorful mix of just four ingredients ( tahini, maple syrup, tamari, and sesame seeds) takes wilted spinach to another level. This melt-in-your-mouth side is saucy on the plate, adding another layer of flavor to your main dish. Get the recipe:Wilted Sesame Spinach. Photo: Greg DuPree
Hands On Time:
10 mins
Total Time:
10 mins
Serves 4 (serving size: ½ cup)


  • 1 tablespoon tahini (sesame paste)

  • 1 ½ teaspoons tamari

  • ½ teaspoon pure maple syrup

  • 1 teaspoon toasted sesame seeds, plus more for serving

  • 1 teaspoon toasted sesame oil

  • 2 bunches fresh spinach, trimmed

  • 1 tablespoon water


  1. Whisk together tahini, tamari, maple syrup, and sesame seeds in a small bowl.

  2. Heat sesame oil in a large skillet over medium. Add spinach, and cook, tossing occasionally, until reduced in volume and coated in oil, about 1 minute. Stir in 1 tablespoon water, cover, and cook until spinach is wilted and bright green, about 2 minutes.

  3. Reduce heat to low, and add tahini sauce to skillet. Gently toss with spinach until coated, 1 to 2 minutes.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

80 Calories
4g Fat
8g Carbs
6g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Calories 80
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 4g 5%
Saturated Fat 1g 3%
Sodium 254mg 11%
Total Carbohydrate 8g 3%
Total Sugars 1g
Protein 6g
Calcium 176mg 14%
Iron 5mg 28%

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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