Ochazuke –  お茶漬け

When I was a little kid, I called it green tea rice. Then, when I got older, ochazuke became my favorite late-night snack to devour when I returned home after a long night of tending bar. It’s pretty rare that a bowl of rice loaded with toppings can be both satisfyingly filling AND light enough to eat right before bed. But that’s exactly what ochazuke is.

What is Ochazuke?

Ochazuke (お茶漬け) is a simple and iconic Japanese dish consisting of cooked Japanese rice and savory toppings, covered in hot green tea. Those toppings can be anything from pickles to salmon to Japanese pickled plums. Eaten as a simple, no-frills meal in Japan, it’s a great way to use leftover rice and fish in an all-in-one-bowl preparation.

Key Ingredients:

Japanese Rice Green Tea Salmon Shredded Nori


Cook small salmon filet. Break into flakes. Place about 3/4 cup cooked rice in a bowl and then pour enough green tea to cover 3/4 of the rice. Add flaked salmon or umeboshi – along with nori, crushed rice cracker, sesame seeds, wasabi, soy sauce and chopped greens (like mitsuba or cilantro) – and serve immediately.




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