Japanese Salmon Ochazuke

A warm and comforting salmon ochazuke recipe topped with fresh salmon flakes that makes a perfect Japanese breakfast or late night snack!

This light and soupy popular Japanese dish is a staple in most households across Japan and is considered Japanese comfort food.

It’s very easy to make and gives you a comforting taste of home!

Homemade ochazuke with rice topped with bonito flakes and baked salmon served in a Japanese chawan bowl.

What is Japanese Salmon Ochazuke?

This ochazuke is a dashi broth-based soup combined with cauliflower rice (instead of rice), and topped with fresh salmon flakes and green onions.

Commonly, ochazuke is made with green tea (sencha) and leftover rice. It is topped

What does ochazuke taste like?

Ochazuke is light, savory, and full of umami flavor.

What goes well with ochazuke?

Ochazuke is delicious by itself or as a side dish. You can pair it with salmon, or other proteins that you prefer.

Homemade ochazuke broth being poured over rice topped with bonito flakes and baked salmon.

How is ochazuke served?

Ochazuke is served hot in a bowl topped with savory toppings such as rice crackers, umeboshi (pickled plum), mitsuba (parsley-like herb), mentaiko (cod roe), scallion, wasabi, sesame seeds, nori, tsukemono (Japanese pickles), and shiso.

What ingredients do I need and how do you make salmon ochazuke?

  • Salmon Fillet – can use salted salmon fillets or regular salmon fillets.
  • Cauliflower Rice – a low carb, healthy option or you can use short-grain white or brown rice.
  • Dashi – dashi stock is a soup base broth made from boiling bonito flakes. This is the base responsible for giving Japanese cuisine its signature umami flavor.
  • Soy Sauce – low sodium is preferred. For gluten free you can use tamari or coconut aminos.
  • Salt – table salt or sea salt.
  • Bonito Flakes – made from shaved dried bonito fish. Commonly used to make broth and is responsible for giving Japanese cuisine that signature umami flavor. Found in most Japanese supermarkets.
  • Shredded Seaweed (optional) – you can purchase shredded seaweed at Asian supermarkets or shred your own.
  • Green Onions (optional) – thinly sliced.

Dashi prepared and ready to be used in making a Japanese ochazuke recipe.

What is the nutrition information for this salmon ochazuke recipe?

  • 384 Calories
  • 5g Carbohydrates
  • 3g Fiber
  • 64g Protein
  • 7g Fat
  • 102mg Cholesterol
  • 903mg Sodium
  • 1072mg Potassium
  • 14mg Calcium
  • 1mg Iron
  • 45ui Vitamin A
  • 0mg Vitamin C

Homemade ochazuke with rice topped with bonito flakes and baked salmon being scooped up with a wooden spoon.

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Now, let’s get making this Japanese salmon ochazuke recipe!

  • Prepping Time 1M
  • Cook Time 8M
  • Total Time 9M
  • Net Carb/Serv ~3g
  • Servings 1

Ingredients

  • 1/4 lbs Salmon Fillet
  • 1 Cup Cauliflower Rice (or rice of choice)
  • 1 Cup Dashi
  • 1/4 tsp Soy Sauce
  • 1/4 tsp Salt
  • 1/4 Cup Bonito Flakes
  • Shredded Seaweed (optional)
  • 1/4 Stalk Chopped Green Onions (optional)

Directions

1) Gather all the ingredients.

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2) Prepare Dashi.

3) Place salmon on a silicone baking mat or oiled sheet of aluminum foil. Transfer salmon into the oven and cook at 425F for 8 minutes. Once baked, use a spoon to break into smaller chunks and set aside. Note – if you prefer, you can lightly salt the salmon prior to baking.

 

4) In a stove top pot, add enough water to cover cauliflower rice. Bring water to boil and add cauliflower rice on medium heat.  Cook for 4 minutes or until desired ‘soft’ texture is attained.  Strain the water and transfer cooked cauliflower rice to a serving bowl. Note – you can also use a microwave for 2-3 minutes instead.

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5) In a stove top pot, add Dashi, salt and Soy Sauce and bring to boil. Once boiling, reduce heat to simmer and set aside.

6) Top cauliflower rice with salmon chunks, Bonito Flakes , optional seaweed and green onions. Finally, pour dashi base over cauliflower rice and enjoy hot! Note – adjust flavor with salt as needed.

Hope you enjoy your Japanese Salmon Ochazuke!

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Homemade ochazuke with rice topped with bonito flakes and baked salmon served in a Japanese chawan bowl.

Japanese Salmon Ochazuke

A warm and comforting salmon ochazuke recipe topped with fresh salmon flakes that makes a perfect Japanese breakfast or late night snack!
5 from 7 votes
Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: Japanese
Keyword: Japanese breakfast salmon, Japanese salmon rice, ochazuke recipe, salmon ochazuke
Prep Time: 1 minute
Cook Time: 8 minutes
Total Time: 9 minutes
Servings: 1
Print Recipe
Calories: 384kcal

Ingredients

  • 1/4 lbs Salmon Fillet
  • 1 Cup Cauliflower Rice or rice of choice
  • 1 Cup Dashi
  • 1/4 tsp Soy Sauce
  • 1/4 tsp Salt
  • 1/4 Cup Bonito Flakes
  • Shredded Seaweed optional
  • 1/4 Stalk Chopped Green Onions optional

Instructions

  • Gather all the ingredients.
  • Prepare Dashi.
  • Place salmon on a silicone baking mat or oiled sheet of aluminum foil. Transfer salmon into the oven and cook at 425F for 8 minutes. Once baked, use a spoon to break into smaller chunks and set aside. Note - if you prefer, you can lightly salt the salmon prior to baking.
  • In a stove top pot, add enough water to cover cauliflower rice. Bring water to boil and add cauliflower rice on medium heat. Cook for 4 minutes or until desired 'soft' texture is attained. Strain the water and transfer cooked cauliflower rice to a serving bowl. Note - you can also use a microwave for 2-3 minutes instead.
  • In a stove top pot, add Dashi, salt and Soy Sauce and bring to boil. Once boiling reduce heat to simmer and set aside.
  • Top cauliflower rice with salmon chunks, Bonito Flakes , optional seaweed and green onions. Finally, pour dashi base over cauliflower rice and enjoy hot! Note - adjust flavor with salt as needed.

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Nutrition

Calories: 384kcal | Carbohydrates: 5g | Protein: 64g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 3g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 102mg | Sodium: 903mg | Potassium: 1072mg | Fiber: 3g | Vitamin A: 45IU | Calcium: 14mg | Iron: 1mg
*Values Based Per Serving
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2 Comments

  1. Looks so good. I was just looking fir a ketofied ochyazuke. Thank you!

    • LowCarbingAsian

      This one is really good!! Just mix a little inspiration with creativity and you can keto almost anything – even ochazuke!

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