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braised spinach & ground meat with sticky sauce

  • Serves: 2
  • Calories: 390 kcal
  • Total Time: 20 m
    • Prep: 5 m
    • Cook: 15 m
  • Japanese: Horenso no soboroan
Braised Spinach & Ground Meat with Sticky Sauce


  • 200 g fresh spinach
  • 200 g ground pork or chicken 
  • 3 teaspoons grated ginger
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 4 teaspoons sugar
  • a little salt
  • 120 ml water
  • 1/2 tablespoon potato starch (katakuriko)
  • 1/2 tablespoon water (for dissolving potato starch)
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
Step 1

step 1:

Cut off the stems of the spinach and wash. Cut the spinach into 5 cm. long pieces.

Step 2

step 2:

Heat the olive oil in a frying pan or wok over a medium flame and add the ground meat. Sear until it changes color.

Step 3

step 3:

Pour the 120 ml of water into the pan (or wok) and bring to a boil. Add the soy sauce, sugar, salt and grated gimger and stir. Add the spinach and boil for 5 minutes.

Step 4

step 4:

Dissolve the potato starch in the 1/2 tablespoon of water. Add the dissolved potato starch to the pan (or wok). Stir a few times until it becomes creamy.

Horenso no soboroan


The combination of simple spinach and ground meat is delicious and good for the stomach. The ginger adds a nice accent.