Ochazuke Recipe お茶漬け

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  • Craving for a dish that is light yet comforting? This easy, homemade 0chazuke with green tea, steamed rice, and simple savory ingredients will hit the right spot. 

    Japanese tea is poured on top of steamed rice and flaky baked salmon in a rice bowl.

    Ochazuke (お茶漬け) is a simple rice dish which combines green tea (ocha), steamed rice, and an assortment of savory ingredients (zuke means “submerged”).  The Japanese enjoy this dish more as a quick meal or a dish at the end of the meal to fill up instead of proper mealtime food.

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    Warm and comforting homemade ochazuke with salted salmon, rice cracker, nori, and mitsuba. Make it with green tea or savory dashi.

    Ochazuke – The Comfort Food

    For me, ochazuke is one of my favorite comfort food.  It was a perfect amount of food for my midnight snack when I had jet lag.  The warm tea and rice were well received by my exhausted body and tasting it immediately comforted my homesickness.

    Japanese tea is poured on top of steamed rice and flaky baked salmon in a rice bowl.

    We often eat ochazuke when you feel under the weather or simply when there are no other ingredients to cook with.  The ingredients for ochazuke recipes are pretty common in Japanese pantry so we don’t need to go shopping specifically to make this dish.

    You might have seen in Japanese manga or drama that a student eats ochazuke during late-night while studying or when a salaryman gets home from work after midnight and need something to eat before sleeping.  Ochazuke is a perfect quick meal to ease your hunger, as it’s light, can be quickly prepared, and makes you feel all warm and fuzzy inside after eating.

    Japanese tea is poured on top of steamed rice and flaky baked salmon in a rice bowl.

    Types of Green Tea You Can Use for Ochazuke

    Various kinds of green tea such as Genmaicha, Sencha, Hojicha etc) are commonly used for ochazuke and it’s easy to prepare.  However, when you order ochazuke in Japanese restaurants, the ochazuke recipe is typically made with good dashi broth and that’s my personal favorite.

    The ochazuke served with green tea tends to be bland and relies on salty toppings to add some flavors.  But with good dashi, your ochazuke can be very flavorful even with just a few simple toppings.

    Japanese tea is poured on top of steamed rice and flaky baked salmon in a rice bowl.

    Suggestions for Toppings

    Speaking of toppings, here are some of the ingredients that commonly used for ochazuke recipe in Japan: Japanese pickles like Salted Plum (Umeboshi), (spicy), pollock roe (tarako & mentaiko), salmon roe (ikura), Salted Salmon, Sea Bream (tai) sashimi, tiny rice crackers (bubu arare), nori seaweed, sesame seeds, scallion or mitsuba, and wasabi.

    I know some of these ingredients are quite hard to get outside of Japan so feel free to change the ingredients and create your own ochazuke recipe.  Making ochazuke is a great way to use up leftover rice and other foods from your fridge!

    Lastly, I want to quickly mention that there are instant ochazuke packets you can buy from Japanese/Asian grocery stores or Amazon.  They include dried pickled plum, salmon, nori, rice crackers, and green tea, and all you need to do is pour hot water or tea.  It’s convenient, but you can’t beat the taste and flavor of homemade ochazuke.  Especially with good dashi broth, it is so comforting and delicious!

    Japanese tea is poured on top of steamed rice and flaky baked salmon in a rice bowl.

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    Japanese tea is poured on top of steamed rice and flaky baked salmon in a rice bowl.
    Ochazuke
    Prep Time
    5 mins
    Cook Time
    25 mins
    Total Time
    30 mins
     
    Craving for a dish that is light yet comforting? This easy, homemade 0chazuke with green tea, steamed rice, and simple savory ingredients will hit the right spot. 
    Course: Main Course
    Cuisine: Japanese
    Keyword: rice soup
    Servings: 1
    Author: Nami
    Ingredients
    Ochazuke With Dashi (picture on the left) :
    • 1 cup dashi
    • 1 tsp mirin
    • 1 tsp soy sauce
    • tsp salt (kosher or sea salt; use half if using table salt)
    Ochazuke With Green Tea (picture on the right) :
    • 2 tsp Japanese green tea leaves (I used Genmaicha, but Sencha, Hojicha, Mugicha works as well)
    • 1 cup hot water (see the tea package for appropriate temperature for your tea leaves)
    • ½ tsp soy sauce (optional)
    Instructions
    1. Gather all the ingredients.

      Ochazuke Ingredients
    2. Bake the salted salmon fillet (shiojake) at 400F degree for 25 minutes. If you’re using regular salmon, season the salmon with salt and set aside for 10 minutes before baking. When it’s cooked, remove the skin and bones and break up the salmon flesh into flakes. Set aside.
      Ochazuke 1
    3. If you don’t have Bubu Arare, crush rice crackers into small pieces (you can also use a bag to crush it).
      Ochazuke 2
    4. Ochazuke with Dashi: Combine all the ingredients in a small saucepan and bring it to a boil. Pour the soup into a small tea pot.
      Ochazuke 3
    5. Ochazuke with Tea: Put tea leaves in the pot. Bring the water to the appropriate temperature for your tea and pour into the pot. Set aside for 1-2 minute (follow the directions on your tea bag).
      Ochazuke 4
    6. Now serve the cooked rice in the serving bowl. Place the shredded salmon and sprinkle the rice cracker, nori, and sesame seeds on top.
      Ochazuke 5
    7. Ochazuke with Dashi: Pour the dashi until it covers half of the rice and top with mitsuba and wasabi. Enjoy!
      Ochazuke 6
    8. Ochazuke with Tea: Pour the tea until it covers half of the rice and top with mitsuba and wasabi. Add soy sauce if you like.
      Ochazuke 7
    Recipe Notes

    Cook Time: If you don’t cook salted salmon, the total time is less than 10 minutes.

     

    Tea leaves: 3 gram (1 tsp) tea leaves for 100 ml (about 1/2 cup) hot water.

     

    To Serve: Serve with tsukemono, such as Pickled Cucumber, as a part of meal.

     

    For the summer: You can use cold rice and cold dashi or tea in summer time to enjoy a cool and refreshing version of Ochazuke.

     

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