I love Japanese one-bowl dishes. Quick, tasty, and full of healthy food! Ochazuke is made with a great assortment of flavorsome ingredients. The combination of baked salmon, matcha (green tea), nori, soy sauce, and steamed rice make a perfect quick meal for me. If you have some leftover rice and frozen salmon in the fridge, you can enjoy this delicious meal within half an hour. Start preheating your oven!
Note that Ocha means tea in Japanese. In this case, it is referring to matcha (green tea). And Zuke means submerged. So, you get the idea! We are serving broiled salmon and steamed rice submerged in green tea. Plus, we add sliced nori, soy sauce, chopped parsley, and wasabi (optional) to spice it up. Ochazuke (also known as cha cha gohan and bubuzuke) is also made with dashi instead of matcha tea. Dashi is merely a Japanese version of soup stock. Miso soup is made with this popular broth too. The simple version is fully vegan, but the stronger versions contain fish.
I am sure you are familiar with the health benefits of green tea. Consider it as an antioxidant boost drink. Now, multiply that with even more nutrition, and you end up with match tea. Matcha production requires green tea leaves that are specially grown for pulverization. You do not get to drink shade-grown tea every day. Tea farmers cover their tea fields for about a month to keep the leaves away from sunlight. This process increases the chlorophyll level in matcha. You may neutralize toxins, heal your cells, and decrease inflammation with the help of chlorophyll.
The amount of minerals is astonishing. EGCG (epigallocatechin gallate – reduces inflammation), zinc, selenium, vitamin C, fibers, chromium, and more! You can significantly improve heart health, boost brain function, lose weight, and decrease cancer risk by drinking fabulous matcha tea.
Ochazuke is a traditional Japanese dish. And it is one of my favorite Asian recipes since it is so easy to prepare. A true comfort food. Not only that, it is genuinely palatable. You need steamed rice for this recipe as it is one of the main ingredients. Here is a quick recipe; add 1 cup of Jasmine rice and 1 ½ cups of water in a saucepan. Bring it to a boil, do not stir. Remove from heat and set it aside covered for about 10 minutes. Do not forget to fluff with a fork before adding to the bowl for Ochazuke.
Ochazuke with Matcha Tea – Quick Meal with Baked SalmonCourse: Dinner, LunchCuisine: JapaneseDifficulty: Easy
1 cup steamed rice (check out this recipe for steamed rice)
1 fillet baked salmon (check out this recipe for baked salmon)
1 cup match tea, brewed fresh (1/4 teaspoon matcha powder and 1 cup hot water)
1 teaspoon crushed rice crackers
1/2 tablespoon sliced seaweed (Nori)
2 tablespoons soy sauce
1 tablespoon fresh parsley, chopped
- Preparing matcha tea
- Add 1/4 teaspoon matcha powder into 1 cup of hot water.
- Let it steep on the side.
- Preparing Ochazuke
- Place the steamed rice inside the bowl.
- Shred the baked salmon into small pieces and add on top of the rice.
- Add the crushed rice crackers and sliced seaweed on top.
- Pour the matcha tea inside the bowl.
- Add soy sauce.
- Add chopped parsley.
- You can also prepare Ochazuke with dashi broth. Besides, you can also use regular green tea ins tea of matcha.
- Add ochazuke flavoring to improve the flavor even more.