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Triple Vision: Cooking with Tea Edition

Ever linger over your meal while it’s cooking just to take in the fragrance? With these tips and recipes at your fingertips, you won’t be the only one vying to pop the lids off those cooking pots. This week, fill your food and your kitchen with the aroma of tea!


With so many flavors of tea to choose from, it’s hard to know where to begin. The type of tea you cook with depends on your own personal palette and the other flavors in your meal. A good rule of thumb is, if you wouldn’t like to drink the tea along with a certain food then don’t cook them together. But most importantly, don’t be afraid to try something new. Infusing your meal with tea can be a very rewarding adventure!


Start with one of the methods below, then try it with your own recipe- or you can follow the links we’ve collected to discover a new favorite.


Round out your herb mix.

Tea leaves can be used in the same way as other dried herbs like basil and oregano. Helpful hint: the contents of one tea bag are usually equal to one teaspoon. You can mix them in with:

2 teaspoons black tea

1 teaspoon black pepper

2 teaspoons salt

3/4 teaspoon garlic powder

Combine all ingredients in a spice grinder and pulse until fine. Rub the mixture on meat, fish, or tofu before frying or grilling.


Infuse your cooking liquids.

Next time you’re cooking with water, broth, oil or melted butter, choose a bag of tea and toss it in the liquid to steep for a couple of minutes before adding the other ingredients. You can use the infusion for:

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Flavor your glaze.

Making a glaze can be as simple as adding a little water to some icing sugar. Why not elevate it with a touch of tea? You can either make a tea leaf powder to mix with the sugar, or you can infuse the water with tea. Either way, the bitterness of the tea balances perfectly with the sugar. Use it when:

You’re in the mood for killer sweets- but not too sweet! Make this simple sauce from Saveur, or take it a step further with Matcha Baked Doughnuts from Honeysuckle Catering.

You have some time to make a slow-cooked dinner with TLC, like these Teatulia Sweet Tea Pork Loin Chops.

In case you need one more reason to try these new tricks, we’re offering buy one, get one 50% off on all of our boxed tea selections at Stockbox this month. Come pick up some new flavors!

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