Green tea creme brulee in a white ramekin.

Green Tea Crème Brûlée

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: Japanese
Keyword: brulee, matcha
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 40 minutes
Total Time: 3 hours 25 minutes
Servings: 6
Classic French dessert with Japanese twist, this Green Tea Creme Brulee is a popular sweet at Japanese pastry shops! Just 5 simple ingredients to make this delicious and elegant dessert!


  • cups heavy (whipping) cream
  • cups whole milk
  • 1 Tbps matcha (green tea powder)
  • 5 large egg yolks
  • ½ cup sugar (plus 1 tsp for each serving)


  1. Gather all the ingredients. Preheat the oven to 300 degrees F (150 degrees C).

    Green Tea Creme Brulee Ingredients
  2. Place the cream, milk, and matcha into a medium saucepan over medium heat. Scald the mixture, stirring often, until it’s very hot to the touch but not boiled. Remove from the heat and let it cool. In the meantime, start a kettle of water on the stove.
    Green Tea Creme Brulee 1
  3. In a medium bowl, whisk together 1/2 cup sugar and the egg yolks, until well blended and the mixture becomes pale yellow.
    Green Tea Creme Brulee 2
  4. Temper the egg and sugar mixture with the milk and cream, adding 1/2 cup at a time, whisking vigorously. You don't want to cook the egg by pouring the milk and cream too fast.
    Green Tea Creme Brulee 3
  5. Place a sieve over a large bowl and strain the mixture through the sieve.
    Green Tea Creme Brulee 4
  6. Divide the liquid between 6 medium ramekins. Place the ramekins into a large deep baking or roasting pan.
    Green Tea Creme Brulee 5
  7. Carefully pour boiling water into the pan to come halfway up the sides of the ramekins.
    Green Tea Creme Brulee 6
  8. Bake just until the crème brulee is set when shaken, but still trembling in the center, approximately 30-40 minutes. Remove the ramekins from the water bath, cool to room temperature, and refrigerate for at least 2 hours and up to 3 days. If you are storing them for more than 12 hours, cover tightly with plastic wrap.
    Green Tea Creme Brulee 7
  9. Remove the crème brulee from the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes prior to browning the sugar on top.
  10. To serve, spread about 1 tsp. of sugar on the top of each ramekin. Tap the side of ramekin to evenly spread the sugar and discard the excess sugar.
    Green Tea Creme Brulee 8
  11. Melt the sugar with a kitchen blowtorch until the sugar caramelizes evenly.* Allow the crème brulee to sit for at least 5 minutes before serving.
    Green Tea Creme Brulee 9

Recipe Notes

Equipment you will need:


If you don’t have a blowtorch, place right under a broiler on the top rack for 1-3 minutes with the oven door open. You want the sugar to caramelize, but you don’t want the eggs to cook. I've never tried this method but I've read it's not as easy as it sounds... hope this will work for you. 

With the kitchen blowtorch, each one has varying degree of heat so make sure it's at least 1 1/2 to 2 inches from creme when you start melting the sugar.


Adapted from Food Network.


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