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Wild Salmon in Genmai Cha Broth (GF)

This is our version of ochazuke;  a simple, traditional Japanese dish made of rice, green tea or dashi, and salmon.  We decided to make it with Japanese green tea (of course!) because it is so quick to brew up and acts as an instant, flavorful broth. The tea we chose for the broth, Genmai Cha, is a flavorful blend of sencha green tea and toasted rice.  It has a wonderful, nutty depth imparted from the toasted rice and a vegetal, bright complexity from the fresh green tea.  This dish is so quick to prepare that it just may become a weekday staple.

Wild Salmon in Genmai Cha Broth

Serves: 4

Time: 1 hr

Ingredients:

4 c cooked rice of choice, following package instructions
3 t Genmai Cha Tea
1 meyer lemon, sliced thinly and quartered
2 stalks of scallions, sliced thinly
1/2 jalapeno, sliced thinly
2 c sliced mushrooms (cremini, shiitake, oyster)
4 salmon filets
1 T toasted black sesame seeds
sea salt
2 T butter
1 T extra virgin olive oil (we love Saratoga Olive Oil's Arbequina)
tamari or soy sauce to finish

Procedure:

  1. Cook your rice of choice following the package instructions.
  2. While the rice cooks, prepare the scallions, meyer lemon, and jalapeño for garnishing the dish. Heat a sauté pan 1 T of butter and a drizzle of oil.  Add in the mushrooms and do not touch until caramelized. Turn.  Season with salt and set aside.
  3. Prepare the tea:  Bring a pot of water to a boil.  Allow to cool to 180° and submerge the tea in 16 oz of water for 4 minutes. Strain and reserve your tea broth.
  4. Cook the salmon:  Heat a sauté pan on medium heat.  Add in the 1 T butter and a drizzle of olive oil. When the olive oil foams place the salmon skin side down and do not disturb the fish. Sear the fish until the crust is golden brown (about 4 minutes). Season with sea salt and then flip. Remove the pan from the heat and allow the fish to continue cooking another 5 minutes.
  5. In a bowl, plate a scoop of rice and top with the seared salmon. Scatter the jalapeño, lemons, mushrooms, scallions, and pour the genmai cha broth around the bowl. Finish with black sesame seeds and tamari or soy sauce. Enjoy!

 

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Recipe Manifesto

2017 has come and like so many others, Saratoga Tea and Honey is setting goals for the new year.

We love that our customers are pairing tea with honey and honey with tea.  A cup of chai really wants that dollop of cinnamon honey with a bit of milk, and our after dinner herbals, with a touch of raw honey, is the perfect combination to carry you to sweet dreams.

In our shop, our customer's natural inclination is to pair tea and honey for a sweet brew.  But wait!  There are so many wonderful applications to use tea and raw honey!  They are ingredients that will enhance your cooking, your vinaigrettes and sauces, soups and braises, tarts and puddings.  So, with teacups in hand, we are excited to present different ways to use our delicious teas and honeys!

Meet Hayley, owner and chef, and Lillian, ST&H operations manager and renaissance woman.  In 2017, it is our manifesto that ST&H will bring you weekly recipes to encourage creativity in your kitchen and put simple, healthy dishes on your table!