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Matcha Salt – Green Tea Seasoned Salt Recipe

19/11/2020

This easy homemade seasoned salt recipe bursts with the umami flavour of green tea. Sprinkle matcha salt over fried chicken or tempura, popcorn, or even sweet baked treats! Ready in less than 5 minutes, this simple green tea salt sprinkle adds a powerful flavour kick.

Matcha seasoned salt in a pinch bowl spilling out the side.

Why We Love This

Creating your own seasoned salts and condiments is so quick and easy! It’s fun to experiment with flavours and ratios until you get the flavour just right, just like in homemade shichimi togarashi (Japanese 7 spice blend) or baharat (a Middle Eastern spice blend).

While matcha salt is super simple to make, it packs a real flavour punch. Use it instead of regular salt across a huge range of sweet and savoury recipes!

Make a small amount to experiment, or blend a bigger batch to keep on hand to sprinkle over meats, vegetables, eggs, tofu, or really anything you like!

Pouring matcha salt onto a piece of newspaper.

What is Matcha Salt? 

Matcha salt (抹茶塩) is exactly that – a blend of high quality sea salt with high quality, culinary grade matcha green tea powder.

This traditional Japanese seasoned salt is most often used for sprinkling over deep fried vegetables (known as tempura), where it adds a burst of colour and salty flavour. But there are so many more ways to use matcha salt – see below for more ideas.

What You’ll Need

  • Salt – Always use sea salt rather than regular iodised table salt which can sometimes include additives. Fun Fact: Matcha salt is traditionally made with very finely ground sea salt – done by hand, this can often take 30+ minutes! Instead, we use sea salt flakes because we prefer a little extra texture. Feel free to use either flakes, finely ground sea salt or Himalayan salt if you prefer.
  • Matcha (Green Tea) Powder – This is a finely ground powder made from high quality green tea leaves. It’s much more highly concentrated (in both flavour and caffeine) than regular green tea, so you don’t need much for a big flavour burst.
Seasoned salt with matcha green tea in a small pinch bowl with more of the blend spilt out the side.

Wandercook’s Tips

  • Opt for Quality – To get the best flavour in your homemade matcha salt it’s best to use high quality salt and matcha powder. You only get out what you put in right?
  • Start Small – Our recipe is deliberately for a small amount so you can experiment and get the ratio just to your liking. Once you’ve perfected your matcha salt to your taste, feel free to make a bigger batch to store for later.

FAQs

What can I use matcha salt for?

Use it in a similar way you would use regular salt. It’s especially good when you want an extra kick of savoury umami flavour. Here are a few ideas to get you started:

Anything Fried / Battered – From tempura to chicken, fish, fries, hash browns and more. The salty umami profile of matcha salt is amazing with crispy fried batter!
Grilled or Roasted – Try it with grilled meats in Japanese or Korean BBQ, or sprinkled over seafood or roast potatoes and vegetables.
Popcorn – It works better with stovetop popcorn cooked in oil. Once cooked, sprinkle with matcha salt and get stuck in.
Eggs – Poached, scrambled, boiled or fried. We love boiled eggs on toast in the morning, sprinkled with matcha salt or shichimi togarashi.
Tofu – Try a little sprinkle over yufodu (hot simmered tofu) or cold tofu drizzled with mentsuyu soup base.
Pancakes – It’s not just perfect with savoury pancakes like Japanese okonomiyaki or Korean pajeon, but even sweet maple pancakes get a huge flavour lift with a sprinkling of matcha salt!
Cakes & Treats – Add a little sprinkle to strawberry muffins or buttermilk cornbread bater or use instead of regular salt in salted brownies.
Matcha Milkshakes – Add a pinch before blending.
Salad Dressings or Mayonnaise – We love adding a pinch to kewpie mayonnaise – delish! You could also add to goma dare (Japanese sesame sauce for shabu shabu hotpot)
Edamame Beans – Sprinkle over blanched or grilled edamame beans as a tasty snack.
Stir Fries – Vegetables, chicken, and everything in between.

How long does matcha salt last?

We recommend storing it in an airtight container and using within six months for the best quality and flavour.

How do I know if it’s gone bad?

Check out the colour. Matcha is usually a vibrant green colour. If it has faded to a more dusty green or greenish/yellow, it’s gone past its prime – time to make a fresh batch!

Variations & Substitutes

  • Tweak the Ratios – Our preferred ratio is 1 tbsp salt to 1/2 tsp matcha, however depending on the type or grade of salt and matcha powder you use, you might like to experiment with a 1:1 ratio. Try a few different versions and see which you like best!
  • Play with Texture – If you prefer a smooth salt blend, pop the salt and matcha into a mortar and pestle and grind until smooth.
A close up shot of matcha seasoned salt.

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Close up shot of matcha seasoned salt showing the texture of the salt flakes.

Matcha Salt – Green Tea Seasoned Salt Recipe

This easy homemade seasoned salt recipe bursts with the umami flavour of green tea. Sprinkle matcha salt over fried chicken or tempura, popcorn, or even sweet baked treats! Ready in less than 5 minutes, this simple green tea salt sprinkle adds a powerful flavour kick.
Prep Time: 2 minutes
Total Time: 2 minutes
Course: Condiment
Cuisine: Japanese
Servings: 1 serve
Calories: 6kcal
Author: Wandercooks
Cost: $5

Equipment

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Place salt and matcha powder in a small dish and mix to combine.
  • Use as a seasoning in place of regular salt, as a rub for meats or seafood, or even in desserts. See the full post for more ideas.

Recipe Notes

  • Salt – Always use sea salt rather than regular iodised table salt which can sometimes include additives. Fun Fact: Matcha salt is traditionally made with very finely ground sea salt – done by hand, this can often take 30+ minutes! Instead, we use sea salt flakes because we prefer a little extra texture. Feel free to use either flakes, finely ground sea salt or Himalayan salt if you prefer.
  • Matcha (Green Tea) Powder – This is a finely ground powder made from high quality green tea leaves. It’s much more highly concentrated (in both flavour and caffeine) than regular green tea, so you don’t need much for a big flavour burst.
  • Opt for Quality – To get the best flavour in your homemade matcha salt it’s best to use high quality salt and matcha powder. You only get out what you put in right?
  • Start Small – Our recipe is deliberately for a small amount so you can experiment and get the ratio just to your liking. Once you’ve perfected your matcha salt to your taste, feel free to make a bigger batch to store for later.
  • Tweak the Ratios – Our preferred ratio is 1 tbsp salt to 1/2 tsp matcha, however depending on the type or grade of salt and matcha powder you use, you might like to try a 1:1 ratio. Try a few different ratios and see which you like best!
  • Play with Texture – If you prefer a smooth salt blend, pop the salt and matcha into a mortar and pestle and grind until smooth.
  • How to use – Use it in a similar way you would use regular salt. It’s especially good when you want an extra kick of savoury umami flavour. Here are a few ideas to get you started:
    • Anything Fried / Battered – From tempura to chicken, fish, fries, hash browns and more. The salty umami profile of matcha salt is amazing with crispy fried batter!
    • Grilled or Roasted – Try it with grilled meats in Japanese or Korean BBQ, or sprinkled over seafood or roast potatoes and vegetables.
    • Popcorn – It works better with stovetop popcorn cooked in oil. Once cooked, sprinkle with matcha salt and get stuck in.
    • Eggs – Poached, scrambled, boiled or fried. We love boiled eggs on toast in the morning, sprinkled with matcha salt or shichimi togarashi.
    • Tofu – Try a little sprinkle over yufodu (hot simmered tofu) or cold tofu drizzled with mentsuyu soup base.
    • Pancakes – It’s not just perfect with savoury pancakes like Japanese okonomiyaki or Korean pajeon, but even sweet maple pancakes get a huge flavour lift with a sprinkling of matcha salt!
    • Cakes & Treats – Add a little sprinkle to strawberry muffins or buttermilk cornbread bater or use instead of regular salt in salted brownies.
    • Matcha Milkshakes – Add a pinch before blending.
    • Salad Dressings or Mayonnaise – We love adding a pinch to kewpie mayonnaise – delish! You could also add to goma dare (Japanese sesame sauce for shabu shabu hotpot)
    • Edamame Beans – Sprinkle over blanched or grilled edamame beans as a tasty snack.
    • Stir Fries – Vegetables, chicken, and everything in between.

Nutrition

Calories: 6kcal | Protein: 1g | Sodium: 6976mg | Vitamin A: 100IU | Iron: 1mg
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14 Comments

  • Reply
    Sinem Yilmaz
    13/01/2019 at 4:48 pm

    Hello! I love matcha recipes and also loved the matcha salt idea. I’d love try it soon. Could you tell me the brand of this matcha powder that you use on this recipe? I have tried various brands and realized that not all of them are as solvent as this one and I cannot remember its brand name. Thank you!

    • Reply
      Wandercooks
      14/01/2019 at 2:06 pm

      Hi Sinem, thanks for stopping by! Same here, we’re addicted to anything matcha – teas, ice cream, salt blends – you name it! We found this brand of tea while we were in Japan but I’m pretty sure you can get it pretty widely now – it’s called Oi Ocha (Amazon affiliate link). Delicious!

  • Reply
    Liz @ I heart vegetables
    19/04/2016 at 8:43 pm

    Yum!! I want to try this on popcorn! I love trying new seasonings 🙂 Such a healthy way to get lots of flavor!

    • Reply
      Wandercooks
      20/04/2016 at 7:47 pm

      It’s like a whole new world of flavour, especially for popcorn haha. We just had some on potato gems and it was so delicious!

  • Reply
    Charla @ That Girl Cooks Healthy
    19/04/2016 at 6:30 pm

    5 stars
    You two ladies are so innovative, who knew you could make matcha green tea salt? How cool is that? Thank you for providing a few suggestions of how to use it. I was just sitting here thinking of dishes to apply it to. I think the popcorn would make a great savoury note.

    • Reply
      Wandercooks
      20/04/2016 at 7:48 pm

      There are so many amazing recipes and ideas out there, we were so lucky to stumble across foodie gold on our travels. Hope you enjoy the popcorn Charla!

  • Reply
    Brian Jones
    19/04/2016 at 5:00 pm

    Really intriguing combination, matcha is real tough to get hold of in these parts unfortunately.

    • Reply
      Wandercooks
      20/04/2016 at 7:51 pm

      Hopefully that will change asap Brian. We’re pretty lucky here in Australia to have access to some decent import stores close by. In the meantime though you could possibly source matcha along with other awesome ingredients via Amazon.

  • Reply
    Mica @ Let's Taco Bout It Blog
    19/04/2016 at 2:15 pm

    I love the colors! Great post!

    • Reply
      Wandercooks
      20/04/2016 at 7:51 pm

      Thanks Mica!

  • Reply
    Sandra - The Foodie Affair
    19/04/2016 at 1:39 pm

    Super way to use matcha besides in a beverage! My mom recently introduced me to matcha. I’ll have to share this salt recipe with her! Thank you!

    • Reply
      Wandercooks
      20/04/2016 at 7:52 pm

      Thanks Sandra, hopefully it’ll be a new favourite seasoning for you guys. Enjoy!

  • Reply
    Kristy @ Southern In Law
    17/04/2016 at 6:05 am

    This is such an awesome idea! I have a bag of matcha on my benchtop so I’ll have to try this!

    • Reply
      Wandercooks
      18/04/2016 at 11:11 am

      Brilliant, hope you’ll love it Kristy! What foods will you try with it first? 😀

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