This easy Matcha Tea Salt Recipe is packed with antioxidants and will boost your metabolism. Plus, it makes a unique homemade Christmas gift for friends and family!
Matcha Tea Salt
It’s no secret that I’m super into making my own holiday gifts this year. Not only is it fun, it’s a great way to let the people in my life know that they mean a lot to me. I mean, you’re probably not making a big batch of super nutty chocolate bark for just anybody, right!? Just the VIPs! And while some edible homemade gifts can be slightly time consuming, this delicious matcha tea salt is as straightforward and easy as it gets. And wait until you tell your family and friends about the health benefits attached to this gift!
- Boosts the metabolism and burns calories.
- Contains antioxidants that protect the skin and can reverse the signs of aging.
- Lowers cholesterol and blood sugar levels
- Enhances the mood and calms the mind
Matcha powder is the same as green tea except that the leaves have been stone ground into a fine powder. And because you are literally drinking the tea leaves, it contains 137 time more antioxidants than a green tea bag! What’s even better is that it makes a wonderful flavor enhancer and therefore is easy to incorporate into your daily diet.
Your Tempura Will Thank You
Matcha shio (抹茶塩) is finely ground matcha green tea powder added to salt. Very common in Japanese cuisine, matcha tea salt is often used as a flavor booster for delicately fried tempura. YUM! But it can be used for so much more than just that; I sprinkle it on my veggies, use it as a rub for meat or fish and even add some to my soups. The sophisticated and deep vegetal taste of a good green tea powder plays so nicely with salt. And when it comes to creating a striking gift for your foodie friends and loved ones this year, the only thing better than the bright green hue of this matcha tea salt, is how easy it was to make!
An All Star Cast
I used a mix of kosher salt and pink Himalayan salt in this easy matcha tea salt recipe. Himalayan salt has a distinct mineral taste that adds a real depth of flavor. And Kosher salt is just one of those wonderful kitchen must-haves! Since Kosher salt grains are large and coarse, it makes it way less likely that you’ll oversalt your food (as is common with finer grained table salt). This particular mixture of Himalayan and Kosher salts is like a world-class supporting cast you’re hoping to introduce to your star: matcha powder!
The Good Stuff is Bright, Bright Green
Therefore, it stands to reason that using a good quality green tea powder is super important when preparing a batch of matcha tea salt. Good matcha powder is bright green, and smells almost like fresh baby-green vegetables. If the matcha powder you’re looking at is dark or dull in color and smells like stale hay, keep walking! You want your matcha tea salt to be electric green to the eye – and fresh on the tastebuds!
Trust me, your friends and family will be so pleased to open this delicious and thoughtful homemade gift from you this holiday season. And, hey – make a little extra matcha tea salt for your own kitchen exploits. Your tempura will never taste the same! What’s your favorite spice mixture? I’d love to hear about it in the comments!
Other simple, delicious and easy holiday recipes:
- Super Nutty Chocolate Bark
- 10-Minute Pumpkin Dip
- Dutch Apple Pie
- Pumpkin Oatmeal Cookies
- Sweet-Tart Strawberry Apple Compote
Did you like this Matcha Tea Salt Recipe? Are there changes you made that you would like to share? Share your tips and recommendations in the comments section below!