Jasmine Tea Ochazuke

Use your favorite toppings for ochazuke (tea rice!). I've used bacon, pickled daikon and sauteed zucchini here. #japanese #asian #tea #rice

this ochazuke (aka rice with tea) is a jasmine tea ochazuke. it’s just as delicious in the summer at room temp as it is in the winter steaming hot!

i’ve been feeling a little antsy recently. maybe because some of my close friends have been travelling a lot, maybe because i’m remembering how much i traveled last year (4 pretty big trips out of the state/country, along with plenty of criss-crossing california), maybe because it’s all sunny and warm and bright when i get home after work instead of pitch black. so i’ve been planning – a weekend trip to denver (!), a visit to a local amusement park that i’ve conveniently forgotten in favor of the shinier (and pricier) disneyland, a buttery, crispy, decadent lobster roll at oracle park a sf giants game.

of course i can’t (and shouldn’t) subsist off of these mini blips of excitement to come, so i’m bolstering my summer with plenty of podcast walks (somehow managed to walk 5 miles last tuesday with “tips”/anecdotal tangents from some of my internet faves to keep me company), a handful of volunteer hours at the food bank and movies. aladdin was surprisingly entertaining, mostly because of the sets/costumes/dancing, and i finally got around to end game. although i’m that person who was confused about why tony stark was wounded and stuck on another planet at the beginning because i don’t remember infinity war well enough. also that person who hasn’t seen captain marvel, nor either of the guardians movies. whoops.

also drinking plenty of tea, except here! where i decided to turn the tea into a jasmine tea ochazuke, or tea rice. you pour some tea over rice and toppings, and the rice stays very separate texture-wise from the tea, which i like. this isn’t a porridge or jook situation, which is good, because i don’t like mush. this version pictured has bacon, zucchini and takuan (pickled daikon radish), and i’ve definitely done it with steamed cabbage, fresh cherry tomatoes, and pickled ginger. which was in my original set of pictures that i was dumb enough to delete, but that’s okay. more jasmine tea ochazuke for me. if you want to emulate this samovar version, hot smoked salmon is a+. it’s so buttery, and makes the ochazuke feel like a treat.

i’m posting this in the summer because it’s pretty great at room temp (maybe not cold, since cold rice = hard rice in my mind). it’s also toasty and cozy for winter if you serve it hot, so it’s delicious all year round.

I've used jasmine tea for this ochazuke, but any green tea (including genmaicha, a toasted brown rice green tea) would be delicious! #japanese #asian #tea #rice

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I've used jasmine tea for this ochazuke, but any green tea (including genmaicha, a toasted brown rice green tea) would be delicious! #japanese #asian #tea #rice
Jasmine Tea Ochazuke
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
20 mins
Total Time
30 mins
This jasmine tea ochazuke can be super cozy if you serve it steaming hot, but it’s also delicious in the summer at room temperature.
Course: Dinner, Lunch, Main Course
Cuisine: Asian, Japanese
Keyword: asian, bacon, brown rice, dairy-free, egg-free, green tea, japanese, jasmine tea, nut-free, pickles, rice, rice bowl, takuan, tea, zucchini
Servings: 1 person
Calories: 548 kcal
  • 2 slices bacon
  • 2 zucchini sliced
  • 1/3 cup brown rice cooked
  • 1/4 cup sliced takuan
  • 1/2 T furikake
  • 1/2 tsp sesame oil
  • 2 tsp jasmine green tea leaves
  • 1/2 tsp soy sauce
  1. In a medium skillet over medium heat, cook the bacon until crispy on both sides, about 10 minutes total. Transfer the bacon to a paper-towel lined plate and let the excess fat drain.
  2. Drain off any fat from the skillet into a bowl (it's fine if there's still a slick on the pan), then place over medium heat. Add the zucchini, season with salt, and saute until slightly browned and tender, 5-10 minutes.
  3. Let the tea leaves steep in 1 cup of hot water for 5 minutes, then strain out the leaves and mix the soy sauce into the tea.
  4. Place the rice in a bowl, then top with the bacon, zucchini and takuan. Pour the tea over everything. Serve hot or room temperature.

other delicious rice things besides this jasmine tea ochazuke

Tons of veggies, hearty brown rice and creamy eggs + avocado sauce. Sounds like a pretty satisfying lunch to me! #kimchi #ricebowl #lunchideas #runnyeggs

kimchi rice bowls with jammy eggs

This summer fruit and tofu coconut forbidden rice is a great excuse to incorporate awesome summer fruit into dinner. #watermelon #nectarines #coconutmilk #forbiddenrice

summer fruit and tofu coconut forbidden rice

This jasmine tea ochazuke (tea rice) is perfect for any weather! #japanese #asian #tea #rice

6 Replies to “Jasmine Tea Ochazuke”

  1. This looks so yummy!! And I I don’t mind eating hot food even when it’s scorching out!! And Denver is one of my FAVORITE places!

  2. Heather, this looks so warm and comforting to me. The tea is a really nice addition to this dish. So tempting…. thanks for the recipe and inspiration!5 stars

  3. I always get antsy when I don’t travel as much as I’d like to. Darn kids!! I definitely don’t mind hot food when it’s warm out! This would be so comforting!!

  4. Hey Heather…This is really amazing and sounds soo delicious…i will trying to making it..Thanks for sharing….!

  5. So glad to find something completely new to try 🙂 Thank you so much !5 stars

  6. I can relate about traveling. I’m here thinking about some east coast traveling but screw the humidity. It is so cool that you shared this recipe – I haven’t heard of tea rice before and it sounds very interesting. I like that this is different than porridge. Thanks for the food for thought, literally!!

    Nancy ♥ exquisitely.me5 stars

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