Green Beans in Sesame Dressing (Ingen Goma Ae)

Posted October 23rd, 2010 in Food 5 Comments »

One of my favorite side dish.  The aroma of roasted sesame seeds are so tempting.  

If you have a suribachi (a Japanese grinding-bowl) it’s best to grind the sesame seeds.  I used normal mortar and pestle.  Or, you can simply use a blender to do the job 🙂

Mix with other sauce together.  The oil from the sesame seeds has the distinctive nutty smell.

When you blanch the beans, make sure you don’t overcook them.  Leave the crunchy texture to the beans and you can enjoy the juicy crisp beans in sesame dressing.

<Ingen Goma Ae> serves 4 as an entree


  • 200g green beans
  • 30g white sesame seeds
  • 1 tbs soy sauce
  • 1 tbs sugar
  • 1 tsp miso paste
  • 1/2 tsp sake (cooking wine)
  1. Heat a clean dry frying pan over medium heat.  Add sesame seeds and shake the pan so that they spread to form a even layer.
  2. Cook until they become light brown color and produce the nutty smell.  Shake the pan or stir with a wooden spoon to avoid them from burning as you cook.  Remove from the heat, and place the seeds in a mortar.
  3. While the seeds are hot, grind to form a paste.  You don’t need to grind finely if you want to enjoy the texture of the seeds.
  4. Add miso, sugar, soy sauce and sake, and mix together.
  5. Boil a medium pan of water to a boil.  Blanch beans for 30 seconds, or until just cooked but still crunchy.
  6. Drain, and add to the sesame sauce.  Combine together.

You can also use other vegetables such as spinach, asparagus and broccoli.


5 Comments on “Green Beans in Sesame Dressing (Ingen Goma Ae)”

  1. 1 Megan said at 11:30 pm on October 23rd, 2010:

    How exciting! This is one of our favourites! Thanks Ume.

  2. 2 Jo said at 2:48 pm on October 24th, 2010:

    This looks great Ume!

    I love to cook from Harumi Kurihara’s books. I’m sure you know her. The only think missing from her books is a simple recipe of Oyakodon, which is my favourite Japanese home dish.

    Do you cook Oyakodon often?

  3. 3 umepontarou said at 3:26 pm on October 25th, 2010:

    Harumi Kurihara, yes I know 😀
    She is very popular.

    Oyakodon is one of my favorite food too! Yes I cook quite often at home ☆

  4. 4 Jo said at 8:43 am on October 26th, 2010:

    🙂 Can you share your recipe one day?

  5. 5 umepontarou said at 8:50 am on October 26th, 2010:


    Sure! I can’t believe I haven’t posted the oyakodonburi here yet. 😀

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