Any green tea lover would agree that not only is green tea a healthy and delicious beverage, it is also the perfect addition to many foods and dessert recipes! After all, green tea is versatile and rich in flavor, making it a perfect addition to both savory and sweet recipes.
Nowadays, you can find many green tea-flavored goods at restaurants, cafes, or local markets, from foods like matcha soba noodles to green tea flavored desserts like matcha ice cream, matcha pudding, and more.
Explore our collection of delicious green tea inspired food and dessert recipes to try out:
Green Tea Inspired Meals
1. Green Tea Furikake Seasoning
Furikake seasoning is essentially a Japanese seasoning that is savory and packed with umami flavor. In fact, Furikake can be found in any Asian market and generally adds a nice texture, color, and crunch to anything you would want to add salt and pepper to. Most often, Furikake is enjoyed sprinkled over a bowl of hot rice and is a popular condiment in Japanese cooking. Homemade Furikake is very simple and delicious to make, and it’s the perfect way to recycle your green tea leaves after steeping! In addition, you get to enjoy a healthy, umami-packed seasoning that you can add to your rice, eggs, pasta, and more!
2. Ochazuke Green Tea Over Rice
Ochazuke (お茶漬け) is a simple and comforting traditional Japanese dish that is made by pouring green tea, dashi, or hot water over the rice and savory ingredients. Popular toppings include grilled salmon, nori seaweed, pickled plum, and scallions, and it is commonly served with green tea for a soothing, healthy, umami-packed dish that is easy to digest. Often Ochazuke is made with Sencha green tea, Genmaicha brown rice green tea, or Hojicha roasted green tea, but you can experiment with all sorts of teas and toppings to find your favorite combination of flavors.
3. Matcha Overnight Oats
Start your day with an extra boost of antioxidants and caffeine with matcha overnight oats! In general, Matcha especially pairs well with fruits like apple and strawberries so this apple pie-inspired match overnight oats recipe will surely become one of your favorite breakfast meals or afternoon treats.
4. Green Tea and Cheese Pairings
If you’re looking to skip the wine with your cheese, consider brewing a cup of green tea instead. The range of bright, nutty, roasted, and floral notes of green tea all pair well with cheese. Just like wine, green tea has tannins and astringency that further enhance and complements the texture and flavor of the cheese. Green tea and cheese pairing is the perfect appetizer for your tea-loving guests!
Green Tea Desserts
Matcha Green Tea Dessert Recipes
5. Matcha Shortbread Cookies
Given that matcha green tea adds a rich and bold flavor to any cookie recipe, these matcha shortbread cookies are especially addicting! Drizzle on the honey milk glaze and you’ll be snacking on matcha shortbread cookies that taste just like a matcha latte. Pair these cookies with a cup of tea for a delightful tea time treat for yourself, guests, or family.
6. Matcha Cupcakes With Matcha Cream Cheese Frosting
Who can say no to these matcha green tea cupcakes? They are the perfect afternoon snack or dessert to share with your matcha-loving friends and family. The sweet and buttery matcha cream cheese frosting pairs perfectly with the moist matcha cake. Keep the theme going by serving these matcha cupcakes with a cup of green tea.
7. Matcha Green Tea Popsicles
Especially during the summer, these Matcha Green Tea Popsicles are a delightful treat to cool down in the hot weather! Sweet and refreshing, this recipe is inspired by our creamy matcha latte. Thanks to the natural caffeine and health benefits of matcha, these matcha popsicles give you a boost of antioxidants and energy for an afternoon pick-me-up - the perfect summer treat.
8. Matcha Milk and Honey Bread
Soft, fluffy, and aromatic, this matcha bread is sure to impress your friends and family. Matcha bread is full of the umami-rich and earth flavor of green tea, giving you a boost of antioxidants and energy for the day. A slice of this matcha bread with a savory topping like egg or avocados, or a sweet topping like strawberry jam or bananas will instantly brighten up your morning.
9. Matcha Strawberry Jam
It’s no secret that matcha pairs exceptionally well with strawberries so you’ll be wanting to spread this sweet matcha strawberry jam on all your favorite baked goods. The tangy and sweet strawberries balance the grassy and earthy taste of matcha, creating an elegant and versatile jam that can be spread on bread, croissants, ice cream, and more.
10. Strawberry Cream Matcha Shortbread Bars
Using fresh cream and strawberries, Strawberry Cream Matcha Shortbread Bars combine the best green tea pairings into one delicious treat. As a result, you have a creamy smooth panna cotta top and a crunchy flavorful matcha shortbread base. Altogether, this recipe is similar to the delicious classic lemon bar.
Hojicha Roasted Green Tea Dessert Recipes
11. Hojicha Mochi Brownies
The toasty flavor and chewy texture of these Hojicha Mochi Brownies are a delight with a cup of tea. Made with our rich and earthy Hojicha Powder Homura that is reminiscent of chocolate, these Hojicha Mochi Brownies are a chewy twist on your typical brownies.
12. Hojicha Milk and Honey Bread
This Hojicha Milk and Honey bread is soft and fluffy, perfect when toasted and enjoyed with a cup of tea. The earthy aroma and roasted flavor of Hojicha pair perfectly with honey to create delicious caramel notes in every bite. The naturally versatile and delicious range of flavors of green tea pairs exceptionally well with all sorts of food and dessert recipes.
Explore and experiment to discover unique flavors and combinations with your favorite tea!
If you want to read more articles on green teas, check them out here:
- Ultimate Guide to Japanese Green Tea
- Caffeine in Japanese Green Tea
- Green Tea and its Uses in Traditional Chinese Medicine
- Which Green Tea to Drink in the Morning, Afternoon, and Evening?
- How to Make Rice Seasoning (Furikake) with Used Green Tea Leaves
- Ochazuke Green Tea over Rice Recipe
- 3 Green Tea and Cheese Pairings that are Surprisingly Delicious
- Green Tea Whiskey Cocktail with Ginseng Recipe
- 3 Ways to use Green Tea Leaves in your Garden
- How to Brew Green Tea with a Yuzamashi
- Shiozuoka's Secret: The Best Green Tea in Japan