Passionate about matcha green tea? Whether it’s the best matcha latte, matcha cookies, or tiramisu, here are some of our favorite matcha recipes you can enjoy every day and on special occasions.
Set as a trendy flavor at the forefront of the culinary scene, matcha (抹茶), or green tea powder, has taken the world by storm in recent years. Trendy or not, matcha is a long-standing staple in Japan that never goes out of style.
Made from whole green tea leaves that have been pulverized into a fine powder, matcha embodies Japanese tradition and is best known for its beneficial antioxidants like catechins, vitamic C, and L-theanine.
The unmistakable green hue, intense earthy flavor, and versatility are what make matcha an outstanding ingredient. It comes in both ceremonial grade and food-grade, allowing you to enjoy green tea as a beverage or use it as a flavoring in baking and cooking.
Here, we’ve rounded up our favorite matcha recipes that you can enjoy every day or on special occasions. Let’s bring on the matcha magic!
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20 Matcha Recipes You Must Try at Home
1. Matcha Latte
Invigorating and calming, this Matcha Green Tea Latte is the obvious alternative to espresso, especially on a chilly day. The best part? It gives you a gentle caffeine boost and energizes you without the jitters. For dairy-free and vegan options, you can use oat milk. Some people use coconut milk, but I personally find the taste overpowering.
“Thank you for this recipe! I’ve been making matcha lattes for a while but wanted to improve it and this definitely did that” — Julia
Prefer a cool drink? This Iced Matcha Latte will keep you energized all day long.
Perfect for a cozy afternoon snack or for your cookie swap during the holiday season, these Matcha Green Tea Cookies are buttery and crispy. They are just as delicious without the white chocolate chips.
“This is my all-time favorite cookie recipe. Matcha isn’t very popular in my country, so these always satisfy my cravings for it. And I get a ton of smiles when I hand them out too.” — SRD
Basque cheesecake with matcha flavor? Yes, please. You’ll love the lingering sweet green tea flavor in this custardy cheesecake.
“I have made it several times over the last month, so I can master it but also because the family always want more! One week I even made it twice. Thanks for all your tips.” — Jenny
Buttery, tender, and bursting with the green tea flavor, this Matcha Marble Pound Cake is a crowd-winner. As it tastes better the next day, definitely make it ahead.
” I am very happy with how this turned out. It’s tender and moist but not overly greasy or buttery like some other recipes. The taste is really exquisite. It has a subtle but deep flavor. I used ceremonial-grade matcha that’s sweet and not bitter, and I think the higher quality makes a huge difference in the outcome.” — Kumi
6. Matcha Madeleines 抹茶マドレーヌ
Classic French cookies with a Japanese twist, these Matcha Madeleines make the most dreamy sweet treat. Invite your friends over and enjoy them with a cup of Japanese tea like sencha, hojicha, or genmaicha.
If you are looking for a power morning drink or a pick-me-up, this Matcha Smoothie is a smart refreshing choice. All you need is banana, almond milk, and matcha powder.
“Another delicious recipe Nami, all ingredients blends well and complements each other.” — Lesley
The ideal flavor of matcha ice cream should be a perfect balance of earthy, sweet, and slightly bitter. Let me show you how you should be making matcha ice cream just like the quality ones we get in Japan! You’ll need only 4 simple ingredients.
“It’s been hard to find matcha ice cream in UK grocery stores and I’m so glad I came across this recipe. WOW, amazing flavor and such an easy-to-follow recipe.” — Jane
The matcha pancakes are super airy and fluffy like you’re eating cottony clouds! Top them with homemade whipped cream, maple syrup, and an extra sprinkling of green tea powder.
“Very tasty recipe! The instructions were very thorough and clear too, which I appreciated.” — Macy
10. Matcha Chocolate
You can now recreate one of the most popular Japanese souvenirs at home with this decadent Matcha Chocolate (or Matcha Nama Chocolate) recipe.
“Wow! I’m forever grateful for this recipe… I still can’t get over the fact how easy this was and how well it turned out.” — Romy
Fluffy sponge cake with a swirl of fresh matcha cream filling, it’s hard to stop at just one slice. To achieve the perfect texture, do not over mix the batter.
““As an aspiring culinary student, I honestly really enjoyed this recipe the two times I made it. I’m ready for round 3.” — Stephen S
12. Matcha Tiramisu
“This is honestly just one of the best desserts I’ve ever eaten in my life. I’ve always been a fan of tiramisu, and normally I prefer to keep it as its traditional thing (or else it turns into something else, surely?!). But. But, but but. This is otherworldly.”
13. Matcha Souffle
Fluffy soufflé accented with green tea powder, this Matcha Soufflé is the dessert to serve when you’re feeling extra fancy. Go ahead to top it off with a dollop of hand-whipped cream or vanilla ice cream.
Drinking this beloved Japanese tea every morning is the best way to enjoy the health benefits of green tea. If you’d like to create a ritual of drinking matcha regularly, I recommend getting simple tools such as a chawan (tea bowl) and a chasen (matcha whisk) for your tea making. Learn how to make the perfect cup today!
“I learned a great deal from your thoughtful article and the way you presented the matcha recipe.” — Tony
Made with eggs, sugar, vegetable oil, cake flour, and green tea powder, this Matcha Chiffon Cake is moist and spongy. A perfect light cake for a crowd, you can bake it ahead of time.
“Loved this cake, served it with fruit and cream. It was a hit!” — Mary
Steamed Cake or Mushi Pan (蒸しパン) is a light, fluffy, and soft cake. Because they are steamed, these Green Tea Mushi Pan make a wonderful snack for little kids.
“I have made this recipe about 30 times, its super easy to make and is delicious.” — Brad
A Japanese rendition of the classic French chocolate cake! Made with white chocolate and green tea, this Matcha Gateau au Chocolat is rich, moist, and intensely flavorful. Warm it up slightly before you enjoy it—the melty texture is to die for!
“I made this cake last weekend for my son’s birthday. It was a big success, we all enjoyed it so much.” — Helen S
A traditional Japanese matcha shaved ice dessert, Ujikintoki is a summer must-try recipe! With a simple shaved ice machine, you and your family can enjoy this refreshing treat all summer long. Have fun with toppings such as red bean paste, shiratama dango, sweetened condensed milk, and green tea ice cream.
19. Matcha Donuts
First we need to be honest: These wildly popular donuts Matcha Donuts in Japan are downright addictive! The homemade versions are baked so they are healthier. Skip the chocolate glaze if you prefer less sweet.
“I made these yesterday and OMG they are so good!” — Charity
20. Matcha Pudding
Smooth and delicate triple layered Matcha Pudding with Japanese red bean paste, this elegant dessert is easier to make than you think. Serve this as an after-dinner dessert for a small crowd. Your guests will be impressed!
Quick Tips on Making The Best Matcha Recipes
I recommend using high-quality matcha and choosing matcha imported from Japan as the processing is more consistent. The color should be in vibrant green and smell fresh and aromatic.
In general, you’ll find two main grades of matcha: ceremonial and culinary.
1.) Ceremonial grade matcha is the highest quality matcha powder and is meant to drink solely as a tea mixed with hot water. We usually use it for special occasions or at tea ceremonies.
2.) Culinary grade matcha is suitable for baking but the quality still matters.
Once you open the matcha packaging, be sure to use it after a month of opening. Matcha powder loses flavor and color easily, which can affect the results of your matcha baked goods.
Where to Buy Quality Matcha Powder
I personally get my matcha from Ippodo Tea Co. (一保堂), which sells matcha in different grades.
You can find pure matcha powder at Japanese grocery stores like Mitsuwa, Marukai, and Nijiya.
Matcha is also available at specialty tea stores, Asian grocery stores, or gourmet stores. If buying online, please be careful and check the labels first. Make sure there are no added ingredients or other additives.
Health Benefits of Matcha
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