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A Cannabis Twist on Ochazuke: Sous Vide Salmon Matchazuke

Ochazuke is a comforting Japanese dish, perfect for warming your soul. It consists of a bowl of steamed rice soaked in a savory tea-based broth, typically made with green tea. In this cannabis-infused version, we substitute regular sesame oil with cannabis-infused sesame oil, adding an extra layer of relaxation to this already soothing dish. Ochazuke is often enjoyed as a light meal or a creative way to utilize leftover rice.

To elevate this dish even further, we top it off with sous vide salmon. Sous vide cooking is the ideal method for salmon due to its delicate texture and robust flavor. By cooking the salmon sous vide, we can achieve a velvety, buttery texture that is hard to replicate using other cooking techniques. This involves seasoning the salmon, vacuum-sealing it, and immersing it in a water bath at a controlled temperature.

Indulge in Tender and Flaky Sous Vide Salmon

Before diving into the recipe, let’s emphasize the importance of the resting time. As tempting as it may be to skip this step, it is crucial for achieving optimal results. Imagine embarking on a breathtaking hike to witness the California Superbloom, reveling in the beauty of nature with your loved ones. When you return home, hunger beckons. Fortunately, this dish takes only 20 minutes to prepare, and the salmon turns out unbelievably tender and succulent.

Cannabis-Infused Matchazuke Recipe Serves 2

Sous Vide Salmon:

  • 8 oz Salmon
  • Kosher salt
  • 2 Tbsp avocado oil
  • 1 tsp medicated sesame oil*
  • Zest of 1/2 lemon

Matcha Dashi Broth:

  • 2 cups water
  • 1 tsp Hon Dashi
  • 1 tsp mirin
  • 1 tsp soy sauce
  • 1 tsp ceremonial-grade matcha powder, sifted

Matchazuke Ingredients:

  • 2 cups leftover rice, warmed
  • Nori komi furikake, for garnish
  • Edible flowers, for garnish

Directions:

  1. Begin by seasoning the salmon on both sides with kosher salt.
  2. Place the seasoned salmon in a vacuum-seal bag or a zip-sealed bag, along with 2 tablespoons of avocado oil, 1 teaspoon of medicated sesame oil, and the zest of half a lemon.
  3. Seal the bag and let it rest in the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes. Take a moment to connect with nature while waiting.
  4. Set the sous vide cooker to 126ºF (52ºC) and cook the salmon for 20 minutes.
  5. Meanwhile, bring water to a boil in a medium saucepan and add Hon Dashi. Alternatively, you can use 2 cups of your preferred dashi broth.
  6. Stir in mirin and soy sauce, then remove the saucepan from the heat.
  7. Sift the matcha powder into the saucepan and whisk until the mixture is uniform.
  8. Prepare two bowls and add 1 cup of warm rice to each.
  9. Break the sous vide salmon into chunks and place them on top of the rice. Sprinkle with nori komi furikake and edible flowers for an enticing presentation.
  10. Pour the matcha dashi around the rice, ensuring that the flavors mingle harmoniously.
  11. Serve this delightful dish immediately and savor the comforting flavors.

Cannabis Sesame Oil Recipe

It’s important to note that the amount of cannabis oil specified in this recipe is merely a suggestion. The actual quantity should be adjusted based on the strength of your oil and your desired potency. Dosing homemade edibles can be challenging, so we recommend starting with one teaspoon and waiting for one to two hours before making an informed decision on consuming more. Always exercise caution, listen to your body, and never drive under the influence of cannabis.

FAQs

  1. Can I use regular sesame oil instead of cannabis-infused sesame oil in this recipe? Yes, you can use regular sesame oil if you prefer a non-infused version. It will still contribute to the overall flavor and aroma of the dish.
  2. What can I substitute for salmon in the sous vide cooking method? If you’re not a fan of salmon or prefer an alternative, you can try using other fish such as trout or halibut. Adjust the cooking time accordingly based on the thickness of the fish.
  3. Can I use any type of rice for Matchazuke? Traditionally, Japanese short-grain rice is used for Matchazuke. However, you can experiment with other types of rice, such as jasmine or basmati, for a unique twist.
  4. Is the matcha used in this recipe different from regular green tea? Yes, matcha is a type of powdered green tea. It has a vibrant green color and a distinct flavor profile. Regular green tea leaves are steeped in water, while matcha powder is whisked directly into the liquid.
  5. Are there any alternative garnishes I can use for Matchazuke? Certainly! Along with nori komi furikake and edible flowers, you can explore additional garnishes like pickled ginger, thinly sliced scallions, or sesame seeds to add more depth to the dish.

Embrace the Warmth of Cannabis-Infused Matchazuke

Now you have the recipe for a truly heartwarming and comforting dish that combines the traditional flavors of Ochazuke with the infusion of cannabis-infused sesame oil. Indulge in the tender sous vide salmon, nestled atop a bed of warm rice, and enveloped in the delicate matcha dashi broth. The interplay of flavors and textures will transport you to a realm of culinary bliss. So gather your ingredients, infuse your oil, and embark on a gastronomic adventure that celebrates both tradition and innovation.

Melissa Randalls
Melissa Randalls
Melissa Randalls, a celebrated author and cannabis enthusiast, shares her expertise in crafting tantalizing recipes that combine cannabis and psychedelics, elevating culinary experiences to new heights. Her accessible writing style breaks down stigmas and empowers readers to embark on their own culinary adventures, celebrating the benefits of these ingredients in the kitchen.

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