Green Tea Infused Salmon

Green Tea Infused Salmon

Jan 01, 2024Harpreet Singh0 comments


Hey there, fellow food enthusiasts and tea lovers! Today, I'm thrilled to share something that marries these two passions in a delicious and a tad adventurous way. Have you ever thought about tea beyond the cup? Sure, a steaming mug of tea is comforting, but what if I told you that tea could transform your cooking, adding layers of flavour and aroma that you never thought possible? That's precisely what we're diving into today, and I promise it will be a delightful journey.

One of our star recipes?

Green Tea Infused Salmon.

It's a dish that perfectly showcases how tea can be a game-changer in your kitchen. But before we jump into that, let's spend a little time understanding why and how tea can be your next secret ingredient.

The Art of Cooking with Tea

Tea has been a staple in kitchens across Asia for centuries, not just as a beverage but as a crucial culinary component. The use of tea leaves in cooking dates back to ancient China and Japan, where they were used for their health benefits and flavour. Fast forward to today, and chefs worldwide are embracing tea to add a unique twist to their creations.

Why cook with tea? For starters, it's incredibly healthy. Tea is packed with antioxidants and can boost your meals' nutritional benefits. But beyond health, it's all about flavour. Each type of tea brings its unique profile – a subtle earthiness, a hint of smokiness, or a floral aroma – that can elevate a simple dish to something extraordinary.

Different teas open up a spectrum of possibilities. With its robust flavour, black tea works wonders in marinades and stews. Delicate white tea can infuse creams and broths, adding a gentle, nuanced taste. And then there's green tea – fresh, grassy, with a slight bitterness – which we'll focus on today.

Why Green Tea?

Green tea, known for its delicate flavour and health benefits, is a powerhouse in culinary teas. Originating in China and later spreading to Japan and beyond, green tea has a fascinating history and an even more exciting flavour profile. It's known for its fresh, grassy, and sometimes sweet notes, with a complexity that varies greatly depending on where and how it's grown and processed.

In the culinary world, green tea has found a place in both sweet and savoury dishes. Its subtle flavour can complement a wide range of ingredients without overwhelming them. Plus, it's packed with antioxidants, making it a healthy choice for those looking to add a nutritious kick to their meals.

Green Tea Infused Salmon Recipe

Now, let's get to the exciting part – our recipe. This Green Tea Infused Salmon is not just easy to make; it's a fantastic way to introduce the nuanced flavours of green tea into your diet. Here's how to make it happen:


  • Salmon Fillets: 4 (about 6 oz each)
  • Green Tea Leaves: 2 tablespoons (pick a variety that you love)
  • Honey: 2 tablespoons
  • Soy Sauce: 3 tablespoons
  • Garlic: 2 cloves, minced
  • Ginger: 1 inch piece, grated
  • Lemon Juice: from 1 lemon
  • Olive Oil: 2 tablespoons
  • Salt and Pepper: to taste
  • Green Onions and Sesame Seeds: for garnish


  1. Prepare the Tea Marinade: Throw the green tea leaves in about ½ cup of hot water in a small bowl for 3-4 minutes. Strain and discard the leaves. Mix in honey, soy sauce, garlic, ginger, and lemon juice in the tea infusion. Stir well to combine.
  2. Marinate the Salmon: Place the salmon fillets in a shallow dish. Pour the tea marinade over the salmon, ensuring all pieces are well coated. Cover and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes or up to 2 hours.
  3. Cook the Salmon: Preheat your oven to 400°F (200°C). Remove the salmon from the marinade (reserve it) and season it with salt and Pepper—heat olive oil in an oven-safe skillet over medium-high heat. Sear the salmon fillets skin-side up for about 3 minutes until they form a crust. Flip the salmon and pour the reserved marinade into the skillet.
  4. Finish in the Oven: Transfer the skillet to the preheated oven and bake for about 5-7 minutes, until the salmon is cooked and flakes easily.
  5. Serve: Drizzle any remaining sauce in 
  6. The skillet over the salmon. Garnish with green onions and sesame seeds. Serve with steamed vegetables or rice for a complete meal.
  7. Tips
    • Tea Selection: The quality of your green tea can significantly impact the dish's flavour. Go for a high-quality tea that offers a balance of flavours.
    • Adjusting Flavors: Depending on your taste preference, tweak the honey or soy sauce amount—more honey for a sweeter glaze or more soy sauce for a savoury kick.
    • Pairing: To make the meal even more unique, pair it with a cup of the same green tea used in cooking. This not only complements the flavours in the dish but also enhances the overall dining experience.

Customizing the Recipe

One of the beauties of cooking with tea is the versatility it offers. If you're feeling adventurous, why not try using different types of tea blends for this recipe? A jasmine green tea can add a floral note, while a blend with citrus peels can bring a zesty twist. Vegetarians can swap the salmon for tofu or a hearty vegetable like eggplant, which also pairs beautifully with green tea.

The Culinary Delights of Tea

This Green Tea Infused Salmon recipe is just the beginning. There's a whole world of flavours waiting to be explored with tea. Imagine a black tea rub for your meats, a white tea-infused cream for desserts, or even a smoky tea-infused cocktail. The possibilities are endless, and the results can be surprisingly delightful.

I encourage you to experiment and play with flavours. Cooking is as much about creativity as it is about following recipes. And who knows, you might create a new favourite dish.


So there you have it, a simple yet sophisticated way to bring the nuanced flavours of green tea into your kitchen. The Green Tea Infused Salmon is not just a dish; it's a testament to the versatility of tea and its potential to elevate our cooking. I hope this recipe inspires you to experiment with tea in your culinary adventures. And when you do, remember to savour each bite and the unique flavours that come with it.

Remember to share your experiences in the comments below. Did you try the recipe? Or do you have your favourite way of cooking with tea? 

Until next time, happy cooking and happy tea time!

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