Recipe Ochazuke

Ochazuke is a traditional Japanese dish that combines green tea (ocha) with cooked rice (zuke), creating a simple yet flavorful meal. It's a comforting dish often enjoyed at the end of a meal or as a quick snack. Here's how you can make this delightful dish at home.


To make a basic ochazuke, you'll need the following ingredients:

  • 2 cups of cooked white rice
  • 1 cup of hot green tea (preferably genmaicha or sencha)
  • 2 tablespoons of soy sauce
  • 2 teaspoons of mirin (optional)
  • 1 tablespoon of furikake (Japanese rice seasoning) or toasted sesame seeds
  • Pickled plum (umeboshi), salted salmon flakes, or other toppings (such as nori, wasabi, or green onions)

Preparation Instructions

  1. Cook the Rice: If you don't have leftover rice, cook 1 cup of uncooked white rice according to the package instructions. You will need about 2 cups of cooked rice.

  2. Prepare the Green Tea: Brew 1 cup of green tea. Genmaicha (green tea with roasted brown rice) or sencha are commonly used for their rich flavor.

  3. Season the Rice: In a bowl, mix the cooked rice with soy sauce and mirin if using. This step is optional but adds depth to the flavor.

  4. Assemble the Ochazuke:

    • Divide the rice into individual bowls.
    • Pour the hot green tea over the rice until it is partially submerged.
    • Sprinkle furikake or toasted sesame seeds on top for added texture and flavor.
  5. Add Toppings: Place your chosen toppings on the rice. Popular options include a small piece of salted salmon, pickled plum (umeboshi), strips of nori (seaweed), a dab of wasabi, or sliced green onions.

  6. Serve Immediately: Ochazuke is best enjoyed hot. Serve immediately while the tea is still warm.


  • Use Freshly Cooked Rice: For the best texture and flavor, use freshly cooked rice. However, leftover rice can also be used and is a great way to reduce waste.
  • Experiment with Teas: While green tea is traditional, you can experiment with other teas such as hojicha (roasted green tea) for a different flavor profile.
  • Adjust Seasonings: Adjust the amount of soy sauce and mirin according to your taste preference.
  • Add Protein: For a more substantial meal, add protein like grilled chicken, tofu, or shrimp.


  • Seafood Ochazuke: Add shrimp, crab meat, or a piece of grilled mackerel.
  • Vegetarian Ochazuke: Use tofu, mushrooms, or assorted vegetables like spinach and carrots.
  • Spicy Ochazuke: Add a dash of chili oil or a spoonful of spicy pickled vegetables.

Calorie Information

The calorie content of ochazuke can vary based on the toppings and portion sizes. On average, a basic bowl with rice, green tea, soy sauce, and a small piece of salted salmon contains approximately:

  • Rice (1 cup cooked): 200 calories
  • Green Tea (1 cup): 2 calories
  • Soy Sauce (1 tablespoon): 10 calories
  • Mirin (1 teaspoon, optional): 20 calories
  • Furikake (1 tablespoon): 15 calories
  • Salted Salmon (1 small piece): 50 calories

Total: Approximately 297 calories per serving.


Ochazuke is a versatile and comforting dish that can be tailored to suit various tastes and dietary preferences. Its simplicity makes it a convenient meal option, whether you're looking to use up leftovers or enjoy a light and nutritious dish. Experiment with different toppings and teas to discover your favorite combination. Enjoy the warmth and comfort of ochazuke anytime you need a quick and satisfying meal.


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