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Super Simple Saturday: Japanese Matcha Green Tea Salt (Matcha-Jio)

16/04/2016 (Last Updated: 31/10/2019)

Japanese Matcha Green Tea Salt is a super simple seasoning with the unique flavour of matcha green tea. Mix and matcha this incredible seasoning to a variety of dishes including popcorn, meat, tempura and fruit. A simple, quick sprinkle adds an awesome umami kick.

Japanese Matcha Green Tea Salt - Mix and matcha this seasoning recipe to a variety of dishes including popcorn, meat, tempura - or even on your fruit. A simple, quick sprinkle adds an awesome umami kick. Vegan & Vegetarian. | wandercooks.com

Hey guys, hope you’re having an awesome start to the weekend. We’re kicking off another Super Simple Saturday with a recipe that’s so easy to make you could probably do it in your sleep, yet is so lip-smackingly delicious you’ll wonder why you never have.

😛

Matcha salt is exactly that – a blend of high quality salt with high quality matcha green tea powder.

While it’s super simple to make, the FLAVOUR it brings is anything but.

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We first came across this quirky blend exactly 12 months ago in a tiny Japanese washoku restaurant in Kyushu. After spending a few days cooking and relaxing at a Zen Temple Homestay, the head monk Jiho-san took us all out for a special dinner to celebrate Sarah’s birthday.

Boy oh boy does that girl get spoilt on her birthday!

Japanese Matcha Green Tea Salt - Mix and matcha this seasoning recipe to a variety of dishes including popcorn, meat, tempura - or even on your fruit. A simple, quick sprinkle adds an awesome umami kick. Vegan & Vegetarian. | wandercooks.com

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Hitting our table alongside plates of fresh sashimi tuna and crispy fried tempura vegetables, the gloriously bright green crumbly matcha green tea salt was packed with earthy umami flavour.

One sprinkling + one bite = two new happy matcha salt converts.

Not a fan of matcha? No worries – hop on our to our exciting list of miso uses instead. 😉

Japanese Matcha Green Tea Salt - Mix and matcha this seasoning recipe to a variety of dishes including popcorn, meat, tempura - or even on your fruit. A simple, quick sprinkle adds an awesome umami kick. Vegan & Vegetarian. | wandercooks.com

You can use matcha salt instead of regular salt across a huge range of ingredients and recipes, but what might surprise you is that it even goes well sprinkled over (or infused in) salty-sweet desserts.

Yes! Seriously.

There’s a reason why that addictive salty n’ sweet combo is so popular in Asian cuisine, and it only gets better with that extra hit of matcha green tea.

So Just What Can You Jazz Up with Homemade Matcha Green Tea Salt?

AKA Our Matcha Salt Hit List

We were so fascinated with this simple salty seasoning that we hopped online to see what other foodies were doing with it. Here are just a few of our favourites that we’ll be getting our sprinkle on with soon:

  • tempura
  • popcorn (yessssss)
  • edamame beans
  • hash browns
  • roast potatoes
  • rub or sprinkle for meat / seafood
  • poached or scrambled eggs
  • maple pancakes
  • matcha milkshakes
  • vegetables and stir fries
  • salted brownies
  • salad dressings

And to the person who created Matcha Margharita? We salute you.

Japanese Matcha Green Tea Salt - Mix and matcha this seasoning recipe to a variety of dishes including popcorn, meat, tempura - or even on your fruit. A simple, quick sprinkle adds an awesome umami kick. Vegan & Vegetarian. | wandercooks.com

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?

We recommend using this matcha green tea salt with these mouthwatering savoury pancakes or the sweet little muffins over here. Or go even simpler and dip your onigiri straight in.

If you missed last week’s Super Simple Saturday, you can check it out here.

Japanese Matcha Green Tea Salt - Mix and matcha this seasoning recipe to a variety of dishes including popcorn, meat, tempura - or even on your fruit. A simple, quick sprinkle adds an awesome umami kick. Vegan & Vegetarian. | wandercooks.com

Super Simple Saturday: Japanese Matcha Green Tea Salt (Matcha-Jio)

Mix and matcha this seasoning recipe to a variety of dishes including popcorn, meat, tempura and fruit. A simple, quick sprinkle adds an awesome umami kick.
Prep Time: 2 minutes
Total Time: 2 minutes
Course: Condiment
Cuisine: Japanese
Author: Wandercooks

Ingredients

  • 1 tbsp sea salt or Himalayan salt
  • ½ tsp matcha green tea

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.
  • Store in an airtight container in the pantry for later use.
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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

    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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