Matcha Mochi Donuts That Chew’ll Love

You get the irresistible freshness of a donut, the addictive chewiness of mochi and the alluring taste of matcha green tea. Make these Matcha Mochi Donuts and your tastebuds will have never thanked you more!  

Matcha Mochi Donuts

By marrying together the irresistible freshness of a donut and the addictive chewiness of mochi, you’ll end up with this intensely satisfying Mochi Donut (sorry, the name’s not very creative…how does “dochi” sound??). Add in the alluring taste of matcha and your tastebuds will surely thank you.

Matcha Mochi Donuts

Besides the incredible taste, incomparable texture and adorable roundness of these Matcha Mochi Donuts, they are super quick to prepare and make. Because they are not traditional yeast donuts, you never need to wait for the dough to rise. Some yeast donut recipes require kneading of the dough, and at least 4 hours of resting, while other recipes may require proofing the dough twice! For these Matcha Mochi Donuts, you can quickly mix the ingredients together and immediately pop them in the deep fryer. If you’re trying to get breakfast or brunch served in the first half of the day, these donuts are your best bet!

Matcha Mochi Donuts

The texture of these Matcha Mochi Donuts are unlike anything I have ever eaten. They display the best qualities of both donut holes and mochi. They gently crisp up on the outside, so you achieve a delicate outer skin, but inside, they are delightfully chewy. Unlike a regular donut that has a heavy doughy chew, these Matcha Mochi Donuts have a marshmellow-y chew that’s light and pleasant.

Matcha Mochi Donuts

I decided on donut-hole-sizes because 1) I don’t have a fancy donut cutter and 2) I was too lazy to roll out the dough, cut large circles in the dough, and then cut little holes in each of those large circles. You can definitely make these into proper donuts, but it’ll require a little more work. One of my other reasons for making them into small donut holes is that you get a higher ratio of crispy-outer-skin to inside-chew with each bite. It also means more surface area for the powdered sugar and matcha to stick on and that is definitely a good thing!

Matcha Mochi Donuts

One of my favorite parts of writing this blog is coming up with recipes like this one. I know these Matcha Mochi Donuts are going to be made over and over again, and every time we make them, we can invite friends over to help us finish them. Brunch parties coming up!

Matcha Mochi Donuts

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Matcha Mochi Donuts combine the irresistible freshness of a donut, the addictive chewiness of mochi, and the alluring taste of Matcha powder. Quick and easy, and sure to impress!
Recipe type: Donuts
Serves: 60 donut holes
Starter dough
  • ¼ cup (30g) sticky rice flour
  • 2 tablespoons (30ml) whole milk
Main donut dough
  • 1¾ cups (225g) sticky rice flour
  • ½ cup (120g) whole milk (plus more, as needed).
  • 2½ tablespoons (35g) unsalted butter, melted
  • ¼ cup (50g) granulated sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon Matcha powder
For the dusting
  • ¼ cup powdered sugar (icing sugar)
  • 1½ teaspoon Matcha powder
To make the starter dough
  1. In a small microwavable bowl, mix together the sticky rice flour and whole milk. Heat it in a microwave on high for 30 seconds. Give everything another quick stir, and heat for another 15-20 seconds, until the dough is cooked through. It will look opaque and feel firm, but springy to the touch. Set aside to cool for several minutes.
To make the main donut dough
  1. Using a stand mixer with the dough hook on low speed, mix together the sticky rice flour, whole milk, unsalted butter, granulated sugar, egg, baking powder, Matcha powder and starter dough, until everything is well mixed and the starter dough is completely incorporated. The dough will be wet and sticky, but it shouldn't "glue" itself to your hands when you touch it. If needed, add in more milk by the teaspoon (I added in 2 more teaspoons).
  2. Dust a work surface with sticky rice flour, and transfer the dough onto the surface. Cut the dough into four pieces. Roll each piece into a long tube, about ½-inch to 1-inch in diameter, depending on how large you want the mochi donut holes to be. I used a variety of sizes between ½-inch to 1-inch. Cut each tube into about 15 pieces equal pieces.
  3. Using the palms of your hands, roll each piece into a ball, and place on a plate that is lightly dusted with sticky rice flour. You should get roughly 60 donut holes.
  4. Heat oil in a deep fryer to 330°F/165°C. Without crowding the pot, carefully place in several donut holes. The donut holes will immediately sink to the bottom for the first 30 seconds, then they will flat back up. Fry, rotating as needed, until the donut holes are puffed up and lightly golden brown. Transfer to a cooling rack to drain. Repeat with the remaining donut holes, making sure that the oil stays at a consistent temperature. (See notes below for a quick tip.)
To serve
  1. In a small bowl, make the dusting sugar by mixing together the powdered sugar with the Matcha powder. Once the donut holes have cooled, sift the dusting powder over all the donut holes, rotating if desired.
  2. Serve immediately.
This recipe is adapted from Lady and Pups.
Tip for quickly transferring the donut holes into the deep fryer: Place about 6 donut holes on a small sheet of parchment paper. Transfer the entire sheet of parchment paper, with the donut holes on top, into the deep fryer. Carefully remove the parchment paper using tongs once the donuts have floated up.

The Matcha green tea was kindly provided by teapigs. We love teapigs so much that we’ve been drinking their Matcha green tea almost everyday! Keep the Matcha love going… try a Coconut Matcha Smoothie.

Photo Styling: The cotton corded placemat, vintage bowl, linen tea towel and stoneware plate are from Minor Goods. The serving tray is from BoConcept. The wooden oak egg rack is from Hop & Peck. The traditional clay teapot is a gift from a friend :)

Matcha Mochi Donuts that chew'll love!


  1. Maureen Sa says:

    Hi Tina! I made this recipe twice and both times my starter dough was too firm to bind with the main dough. I tried reducing the cooking time in the microwave the 2nd time around and it still did not work. What do you think I’m doing wrong? Do you have a YouTube video on this recipe?

  2. Dear Tina, I am a big fan of this matcha donuts. They sound wonderful…I have to pick up some matcha and try these soon. Pinning for later dear. xo, Catherine

  3. Hi! Do you think I could make these without frying them? More specifically, in a baby cakes donut maker or baked It looks delicious, but I don’t want to use up all that oil to fry. Thanks :]

  4. Doesn’t this look absolutely and fabulously fantastic.. Looks like taking a bite of it will be blissssss………

  5. These sounds amazingly delicious and your photography is utterly beautiful on them. Well done!!! :-)

    Louis @

    • Thank you, Louise! I was drooling while I was taking the photos.. it was hard not to snatch up one or two of the donuts during the process :D

  6. Teapigs is a great company…I love their packaging. These look incredible! You got them so perfectly round. :) Need to make these asap!

  7. Teresa jui says:

    These is sweet look and taste soft and chewy. I like it Next time I go to Hong Kong I will make that for my sisters.

  8. I love the idea of adding matcha tea to almost anything. Sounds wonderful in doughnut holes – love it!

  9. Yum! These looks so great! Love the idea of serving these at Summer picnics :)

  10. This is a great recipe with Matcha, and I love the photos!

  11. I wish I had a bunch of these donuts to devour right now! Love anything matcha and I can imagine that these taste SO delicious (and addictive too).

    • Oh, yes, these are very addictive! The good news is that they are best when they are eaten fresh. You have no excuse not to eat the entire batch in one sitting :)

  12. Omg, I love your blog! Breakfast/brunch is my favorite! These matcha mochi donuts are brilliant and sounds incredible! Pinning for sure!

  13. wow! I really like the look of the these, yum. I’m going to attempt to make them that s weekend, I hope they come out half as decent as yours;-)


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