Ochazuke – お茶漬け

Ochazuke is an iconic Japanese rice and green tea recipe. Make it at home in a flash!


  • 3/4 cup cooked, warm Japanese rice
  • 1 cup hot green tea 
  • 1/4 pound salmon fillet, or 1 Japanese pickled plum (umeboshi)
  • 2 teaspoons shredded nori seaweed
  • 1 teaspoon bubu arare (baked rice cracker balls) or crumbled Japanese rice crackers
  • 1/4 teaspoon sesame seeds
  • 2 tablespoons shungiku, mitsuba, or cilantro, chopped
  • wasabi (optional)
  • Soy sauce (optional)


  1. Sprinkle salt on both sides of the salmon filet and transfer to a cooking tray covered with parchment paper.
  2. Turn the oven to broil and move the oven rack to the highest position. Broil the salmon for 10-12 minutes, until cooked through. Use a fork or chopsticks to break the salmon into small flakes.
  3. Put the rice in a bowl and pour enough green tea to cover 3/4 of the rice.
  4. Add all the toppings and serve immediately. 


For dashi based ochazuke, use 1 cup of dashi instead of green tea and stir in a dash of soy sauce and mirin (about 1/2 teaspoon each), and a sprinkle of salt. 

To learn how to make dashi at home, read this post.


Keywords: recipe, porridge, rice soup, side dish, after meal

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