I often combine my passions and this tea adventure – a combination of tea and food – was no different.  Kukicha, a green tea, has great citrus notes that I thought would go well with the fish I was going to make for dinner.  The marinade I describe below can be made with any tea and ingredients you desire.  The beauty of cooking with tea is that once you learn the basics, you can incorporate them into your favorite recipes.  I used the first infusion for the marinade and I drank the second with dinner.

Ingredients

The kukicha marinade
2 tablespoons of Rishi Tea Organic Kukicha green tea (I can’t help but love Rishi!)
8 ounces of water
1 orange
1 lime
1 lemon
Grated ginger (to taste)
¼ cup of chopped cilantro
1 sliced jalapeno
3 sprigs of green onion, chopped
Salt and pepper to taste

The rest
1-1/2 pounds of wild-caught Pacific Sole fillets
1-1/2 cups of shiitake mushrooms
½ cup of oyster mushrooms
1 red bell pepper, chopped
3 cloves of garlic, chopped
2 teaspoons of butter
Dash of salt and pepper

Prepared rice

Instructions

1.    Set oven to 350 F.

2.    Make Kukicha green tea.
a.    Boil water (212 F).
b.    Let water cool to 185 F.
c.    Add 2 tablespoons of tea to 8 ounces of water.
d.    Steep 2-3 minutes.
e.    Pour tea into a bowl.
f.    Make Kukicha green tea.

3.    Make Kukicha marinade.
a.    Squeeze the juice of 1 orange, 1 lime, and 1 lemon into the bowl with the brewed Kukicha.
b.    Grate a piece of ginger.
c.    Add the chopped cilantro, chopped green onions, and sliced jalapeno.
d.    Add a dash of salt and pepper.
e.    Set aside half a cup of the marinade for the mushrooms and bell peppers; the rest is for the fish.

4.    Bake fish.
a.    Place cleaned fish in a shallow baking dish.
b.    Add a dash of salt and pepper to each fillet.
c.    Pour the marinade over each fillet.
d.    Cover and refrigerate for 30 minutes.
e.    Lay each fillet on a greased, flat baking sheet.
f.    Bake for 20 minutes, or until the fish is opaque.

5.    Saute vegetables.
a.    Melt butter and add the chopped garlic.
b.    Saute the garlic, and then add the mushrooms and bell peppers.
c.    Saute for 2 minutes and add the remaining marinade.
d.    Cook for an additional 3 minutes.

Serve with rice and enjoy!

Make your second infusion of tea and enjoy with dinner!

This article was originally posted to T Ching in June of 2010.