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Low Carb Korean Spinach: Easy Recipe

Low Carb Korean Spinach: Easy Recipe
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When I first started my slow carb diet (4-hour body diet) years ago, frozen spinach with a lot of butter and salt was my go-to greens dish. While spinach is still a mainstay of my low carb lifestyle, this spinach recipe with an Asian-style dressing elevated the frozen-spinach-butter dish to a side dish with a lot more creativity, while still maintaining the ”easy” part.

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Korean spinach low carb side dish
Korean spinach low carb side dish

The Korean spinach dish was only slightly adapted from a recipe for Korean Barbecue in Fine Cooking Magazine.  

Tip: This dressing is also killer on a Summer cucumber salad

Korean BBQ Spinach

Korean spinach low carb side dish
A quick easy low carb side dish of spinach with Korean flavors
5 from 3 votes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 87

Equipment

  • small non-stick skillet
  • medium pot
  • Strainer

Ingredients

  • 1 lb. spinach fresh or frozen
  • 3 tsp sesame seeds
  • 5 tsp peanut oil
  • 1 Tbsp soy sauce
  • 1 tsp rice vinegar
  • 1 tsp sugar omit if doing strict slow carb diet
  • ½ tsp garlic minced
  • ½ tsp freshly ground black pepper

Instructions
 

  • Place sesame seeds in small non-stick frying pan and toast dry over low heat, shaking pan, until they are light brown and nutty (just a few minutes – watch carefully). 
    Add peanut oil to the pan and heat over low heat for a few minutes to infuse sesame seeds into oil.
    3 tsp sesame seeds, 5 tsp peanut oil
  • Cook the spinach in a pot of boiling water until wilted, about 5 minutes.  Drain well and squeeze out excess water, being careful not to burn your hands.
    1 lb. spinach
  • Add the remaining ingredients and gently mix until well combined. Serve warm as a side dish.
    1 Tbsp soy sauce, 1 tsp rice vinegar, 1 tsp sugar, 1/2 tsp garlic, 1/2 tsp freshly ground black pepper

Nutrition

Calories: 87kcalCarbohydrates: 6gProtein: 4gFat: 6gSaturated Fat: 1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 2gMonounsaturated Fat: 3gSodium: 341mgPotassium: 654mgFiber: 3gSugar: 2gVitamin A: 10635IUVitamin C: 32mgCalcium: 130mgIron: 3mg
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