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A Twist on You Breakfast Cereal – Ochazuke お茶漬け

This is a super simple recipe for a light meal, be it a breakfast, lunch or a dinner, the whole thing will take you under 10 mins(provided your rice is ready cooked). Ochazuke (お茶漬け) is a traditional Japanese dish that can be easily replicated from supermarket bought ingredients anywhere you are.

What you need:

Plain steamed rice(or brown rice, it’s your choice);
Cooked/raw salmon fillet(1/2 of the portion of the rice you have);
Sea salt with mixed herbs;
Japanese Togarishi seasoning (it’s possible to make your own too, the ingredient in the seasoning are sesame seeds, poppy seeds, wasabi powder, nori flakes, orange rind and chilies)
Japanese green tea


Firstly you pan fry the salmon on a low heat without any oil, wait for the fat from the salmon comes out, then stir in the cooked rice.

Keep stir frying the salmon and rice together on a low-medium heat for another 3-5 mins, until all the moisture evaporates and the mixture of salmon and rice feels light and starts to golden.

While the rice is cooking, boil water and make a pot of Japanese green tea. As the salmon rice is done, add Togarishi seasoning on top as garnishing, and season with salt and mixed herbs.

The best part comes when boiling hot green tea is poured over the rice, and all the aroma from the tea, rice, salmon and seasonings come together in a perfect harmony.
There’s no rule about exactly how much seasoning or tea you will add to the rice. Much like your breakfast cereal, everyone has a slightly different preference to the ideal ratio of milk and cereals. In the case of Ochazuke, it’s just the same. Try this incredibly easy recipe and find out what your perfect salmon ochazuke is like.