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Tea rice or Ochazuke, is a classic Japanese comfort food, and this one is topped with salted salmon and rice crackers.

Salmon Ochazuke

This Salmon Ochazuke is an easy, comforting light porridge made with rice, salted salmon, and tea, along with a few condiments like sesame seeds and rice crackers to add texture and aroma to the dish.
Course Breakfast, Snacks
Cuisine Japanese
Level Beginner
Main Ingredient Fish, Rice
Diet Dairy-Free, Gluten-Free, Low-Fat, Pescatarian
Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Servings 2 servings
Calories 271kcal


  • 1 pot Japanese tea (green, houjicha, or mugicha all work)
  • 300 grams cooked short-grain rice
  • 100 grams cooked shiojake
  • 15 grams rice crackers (chopped into peppercorn-sized pieces)
  • ½ teaspoon black sesame seeds
  • Mitsuba (chopped for garnish)


  • Brew a pot of our favorite Japanese tea
    Making tea for ochazuke.
  • Put the rice in a bowl and pour hot water over it. Stir to break up any clumps and release any excess starch on the surface of the rice.
    Rinsing and reheating rice using boiling water.
  • Strain the rice and dump the water. Put the rice back into the bowl and then crumble the salted salmon on top.
    Flaking salmon on top of a bowl of rice.
  • Top with garnishes such as crumbled rice crackers, sesame seeds, and mitsuba.
    Rice topped with salted salmon, sesame seeds, rice crackers and herbs.
  • Serve the Salmon Ochazuke with a pot of tea to pour over the rice at the table.
    Pouring tea over salmon and and rice to make ochazuke.


Calories: 271kcal | Carbohydrates: 41g | Protein: 14g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 28mg | Sodium: 26mg | Potassium: 388mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 20IU | Calcium: 27mg | Iron: 1mg