How To Cook With Tea – 10 Delicious Recipes

COOKING WITH TEA - Great Recipes - Gabriela Green -
Cooking with tea.Here are some great recipes ideas for cooking with tea. Gabriela Green

To be honest, I just recently read about cooking with tea and I thought: Is that a thing? What a great idea!
I always have lots of tea types at home and sometimes I could use a bit of twist in my usual recipes. Well, apparently tea was the ingredient I didn’t know I was missing.
I looked for ideas about how I can use it to flavor my dishes and I found out that there are many possibilities. I got some inspiration and after that I used my imagination to add tea to other recipes too. Now I feel like there is no limit for using tea while cooking!

I recommend only loose leaf teas because you know exactly what they contain. Most of the times, the content of tea bags can be questionable.
The tea leaves can be used as they are or grinded into a fine powder. Of course the tea drink itself can be added as an ingredient as well.
Here are some ideas for cooking with tea:

Recipes with tea:

Cooking with tea - great recipes - Gabriela Green -

1. Cooking grains

For cooking rice, quinoa or any other grains, you can use a freshly brewed tea. You can play with the flavors here and you can start with a mild brew to not change the taste too much. From there you can get more courageous and mix teas and go crazy with flavors.

2. Smoothies

In smoothies you can easily add tea as a brew or as grinded tea leaves. Green tea can bring a kick of caffeine in your morning smoothie. A grinded fruit tea can add a nice change to the regular smoothie taste.

3. Cookies

Do you like baking cookies? Well you can easily add some grinded tea leaves in your cookie dough. Remember that the leaves absorb water so if you want to add a bit more, you can substitute a bit of the flour with grinded tea.

4. Soups

You can flavor your soup with some green tea leaves. Don’t add too many or your sup will become bitter. Just a pinch of green tea leaves will add a subtle rich flavor. As I like to say it, the soup will have a bit of a green taste.

5. Meat rub

When you prepare meats for barbecue or for oven, you can add various types of tea leaves to the rub mix. I usually make my own rub with spices I have a t home. You can easily add some black tea to the grinder and mix it with all the spices. It can give a subtle smoky taste.

6. Salmon spices

If you like to cook salmon, you can make a mix of salt, lemon zest, pepper and grinded green tea with mint. Mix them all well and spread on top of the salmon before frying it. It will give an exotic taste.

7. Butter

If you like to make flavored butter, you can use the tea flavor here as well. Just pick your option of tea to use, bring butter to room temperature, mix with tea and put back in the fridge in the desired shape. If you will have a nice stylish tea, even a bit colored if you grind the tea leaves.

8. Chocolate

I had recently chocolate with green tea and it had a taste I really enjoyed. Now that I read so many tea recipes, I thought that this could be done at home as well. It is quite easy. You melt the chocolate and add the grinded tea or any other flavors you want. Pour the chocolate mix in ice trays or on parchment paper in the desired shapes. Store it in the fridge for a couple of hours and you are done.

9. Infused milk

Tea infused milk is easy to make and it will have any flavor you want. Of course I am talking about tea flavors.

10. Oatmeal

You can use the infused milk from the previous point to make your oatmeal. Instead of plain milk, this will give it a nice taste. Of course, grinded tea is an option for oatmeal as well.

I hope you enjoyed reading about this unconventional way of using tea. If you want details above the above recipes, let me know. Did you ever try cooking with tea?






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    November 1, 2016 at 8:14 pm Reply
    • Gabriela Green

      Thank you so much for including my post! This is a great surprise 🙂 xx

      November 1, 2016 at 9:19 pm Reply
  • Becky Pink

    What a great idea, I would never have thought about this! Thanks for sharing on #KCACOLS x

    October 14, 2016 at 9:23 pm Reply
  • Tracey Bowden

    Interesting I never knew you could do all of this with tea. I like the idea of adding it to smoothies though #kcacols

    October 14, 2016 at 2:37 pm Reply
    • Gabriela Green

      Yes, the smoothie I think is the easiest to try 🙂

      October 14, 2016 at 3:39 pm Reply
  • Emma

    what a fab round up of things to do with tea, other than boil it! tbh though im not a huge tea fan at all! #KCACOLS

    October 14, 2016 at 1:37 pm Reply
  • Winnettes

    Some lovely ideas! I was contemplating doing a baking month with tea, earl grey macaroons etc… I think I definately will now.

    October 14, 2016 at 10:31 am Reply
    • Gabriela Green

      Earl Grey and macaroons… sounds dreamy 🙂

      October 14, 2016 at 11:31 am Reply
  • Suburban Mum

    Wow some fab ideas here. I have to say I have never thought about cooking with tea before but I really like the idea of adding them into a smoothie for a hit of caffeine!

    Thank you for linking up to #KCACOLS and I hope to see you back again on Sunday x

    October 14, 2016 at 9:04 am Reply
    • Gabriela Green

      Thank you and I am happy I found this great linkup!

      October 14, 2016 at 11:32 am Reply
  • The Speed Bump

    Really interesting ideas! I love tea, so cooking and baking with it sounds great! #KCACOLS

    October 13, 2016 at 8:22 pm Reply

    These are fantastic, I would never have thought of this! I love Lady Grey tea and imagine it would be a lovely flavour to hint at in baking, I can just imagine using it flavour a sponge… now I may have to bake this haha xx thanks for the idea! (Ohh or scones! can you imagine tea infused scones!! Can you get any more British? haha) x #KCACOLS

    October 13, 2016 at 8:09 pm Reply
    • Gabriela Green

      Your ideas sound great, I might get some inspiration from them. Thank you!

      October 13, 2016 at 11:15 pm Reply
  • ohprettycity

    I never would of thought of cooking with tea, especially not for things like cookies and smoothies! The next big food craze maybe? #kcacols

    October 13, 2016 at 7:18 pm Reply
    • Gabriela Green

      It can be the big thing in the cooking field, indeed 🙂 there are even books with such recipes

      October 13, 2016 at 11:17 pm Reply
  • madelinelittlejohns

    I’ve not really thought of cooking with tea, other than baking a tea loaf, so loved this post! Really interesting ideas! x #KCACOLS

    October 13, 2016 at 1:58 pm Reply
  • Sonia

    Interesting! I hadn’t considered the possibilities of cooking with tea. Will be sharing this with hubby who loves cooking and new ingredients! #KCACOLS

    October 13, 2016 at 1:32 pm Reply
    • Gabriela Green

      Yes, this cooking with tea idea it is quite new for me too.
      Thank you for stopping by!

      October 13, 2016 at 2:47 pm Reply
  • relentlesslypurple

    I seriously would never have thought to cook with tea before! So interesting reading so many ways it can be used in cooking. Awesome post x #KCACOLS

    October 12, 2016 at 6:30 pm Reply
    • Gabriela Green

      Thank you! I am happy to find out you enjoyed reading about this.

      October 12, 2016 at 8:39 pm Reply
  • twicemicrowavedtea

    I’ve had chocolate and biscuits flavoured with tea before, but I’d never have considered using tea on meat or fish before. I love tea, so I’ll be giving this a go! #KCACOLS

    October 12, 2016 at 1:36 pm Reply
    • Gabriela Green

      Great, I will be curious to know if you will like it.
      Thanks for stopping by!

      October 12, 2016 at 2:21 pm Reply

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