Making Ingen no goma-ae
Green Beans with Sesame Dressing

Japanese aemono comprise a variety of side dishes that are mixed with dressings or sauces and served as cool salads. This traditional recipe combines fresh green beans with a tasty sesame dressing.

Ingen no goma-ae

Ingen no goma-ae

Ingen no goma-ae (serves 4)

  • Green beans (200g/7 oz.)
  • Salt
  • 1t Kikkoman Soy Sauce
  • 1T dashi stock
  • [ Dressing ]
  • 1T dashi stock
  • 1T white sesame paste*
  • 1/2T sugar
  • 2t Kikkoman Light Color Soy Sauce

  1. Boil the beans in lightly salted water for 3 to 5 minutes until tender but firm. Drain and allow to cool in a colander. Cut each bean into 2 or 3 slices and transfer to a bowl. Combine soy sauce and dashi; mix well with the beans. (photo1)
  2. Stir together the dressing ingredients until smooth. (photo2)
  3. Toss the beans with the dressing. (photo3)
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* If desired, 1/2t ground sesame seeds may be added to enhance texture and flavor. If using toasted sesame seeds instead of paste, grind 2T seeds into a smooth paste.
Note: This sesame dressing is also a delicious complement to boiled spinach.