Authentic Turkish Tea Recipe

This guide to traditional Turkish Tea will show you how to properly steep and serve this robust beverage, making it a delightful complement to any meal or gathering.
A glass cup of black coffee on a saucer with two sugar cubes beside it, placed on a white surface with shadows cast by sunlight, evokes an authentic experience reminiscent of Turkish Tea traditions.

For Aisha, a travel blogger from Kuala Lumpur, mornings in Istanbul often start with a cup of strong Turkish tea. This traditional beverage, served in small tulip-shaped glasses, is a staple of Turkish culture and perfectly complements her breakfast of simit. As she sips her tea, Aisha takes a moment to immerse herself in the rich history and vibrant life of the city, capturing the essence of her travels in each blog post.

A clear glass of dark liquid with two sugar cubes floating on its surface, reminiscent of an Authentic Turkish Tea, casts a shadow on a light gray background.

Authentic Turkish Tea Recipe

A man in an apron standing in a kitchen.Michael O’Connor
A strong, black tea traditionally served in small tulip-shaped glasses, perfect for breakfast or an afternoon break.
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Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Meal Type Beverages
Cuisine Turkish
Servings 4
Calories 0.1 kcal
Difficulty Easy
Ingredient Cost $0.50
Shopping Cost$6


  • Turkish tea pot (caydanlık) or regular pot
  • Small tulip-shaped glasses


  • 2 tablespoons black tea loose
  • 4 cups water
  • Sugar cubes optional


  • Fill the bottom part of the Turkish tea pot with water and bring to a boil.
    4 cups water
  • Place loose black tea in the top part of the tea pot and pour some boiling water over it. Let it steep for 5 minutes.
    2 tablespoons black tea
  • Pour the steeped tea into each glass, filling about a third of the glass.
  • Top up each glass with boiling water to the desired strength.
  • Serve with sugar cubes if desired.
    Sugar cubes


Adjust the tea-to-water ratio based on your preference for tea strength.
Enjoy with a side of simit or baklava for a traditional Turkish experience.


Calories: 0.1kcalCarbohydrates: 0.02gSodium: 13mgPotassium: 3mgCalcium: 8mgIron: 0.003mg
Keyword Black Tea, Traditional Beverage, Turkish Culture, Turkish Tea

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