Hoji-cha (Roasted Green Tea)

Hoji-cha (Roasted Green Tea)

I don't drink tea that often during the summer since it's hot, and so the tea leaves I have around tend to lose their flavor. To save the tea, I make hoji-cha! You only need a frying pan, it is so easy.


Green tea leaves
as much as you like


1. Sift the leaves to remove any small leaves and fine particles (fine particles will burn very easily).
2. As much as possible, use a frying pan with a thick bottom that conducts heat evenly.
3. When the pan is hot, add in the tea leaves. Shake the pan continuously over high heat. Move the leaves around to keep them from burning. When the leaves turn brown, you are done.
4. The leaves will burn from the residual heat, so remove them from the pan quickly and put them in a clean bottle or container to store.
5. Hoji-cha has very little caffeine, so it is recommended for children or pregnant women.

Story Behind this Recipe

My mother would always give old tea leaves a second life by roasting them.