Japanese Ochazuke with Furikake

Japanese tea ceremonies are famous. In this dish, rice is submerged in green tea, hot or cold, and becomes wonderfully juicy and refreshing. Of course, we have a non-tea option as well. Ochazuke is a light one-bowl dish that offers a diverse selection of toppings. With fish, chicken, or eggs it turns into a complete dinner. Alternatively, use the Furikake seasoning on any dish where you want to add an Asian flavor note.
 
Hands-on Time 30 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine Japanese
Servings 3

Ingredients
  

  • 1.5 lb salmon
  • 5 oz spinach or kale leaves
  • 4 green onions finely chopped
  • 8 cups steamed or cooked rice
  • 8 cups matcha or other green tea
  • soy sauce or tamari
  • oil

Furikake Culinary Spice Kit

  • Toasted sesame seed, white & black, roasted seaweed

Optional Toppings

  • wasabi paste
  • pickled ginger
  • chives chopped
  • Japanese crackers crushed in a plastic bag

Instructions
 

Prepare

  • In a PAN or OVEN (350°F), roast salmon on both sides until it's cooked through.
  • Add only a little oil if necessary.
  • Break the salmon flesh with a fork into bite-size flakes.
  • In a PAN, fry spinach in 2 tbsp oil over medium heat until just soft.

Serve

  • Serve rice, fish, tea, and toppings in separate BOWLS.

Assemble

  • Fill one cup of rice into a small BOWL.
  • Add salmon and spinach on top.
  • Fill BOWL up to 3/4 of the rice with hot or cold tea.
  • Sprinkle to taste with green onions, soy sauce, Furikake spices, and optional toppings. Enjoy!

Notes

▪ Substitute tea with a broth of your choice.
▪ Substitute salmon with a fish of your choice, egg omelet (cut into strips), poached eggs, or cooked shredded chicken.
Keyword seaweed roasted, sesame toasted