Quality characteristics of sausage added with green tea powder was studied to investigate the substitutive effect of green tea for nitrite, Residual nitrite, thiobarbituric acid reactive substances(TBARS) and volatile basic nitrogen(VBN) contents of 9 different sausages prepared with 3 levels of nitrite(50, 100 or 150 ppm) and 3 levels of green tea(0, 0.5 or 1%) were measured during storage at 10℃ for 6 weeks or 20℃ for 14 days. Proximate compositions of the sausage were not affected by the addition level of green tea or nitrite. The lightness(L value) and redness(a value) of sausage decreased, while yellowness(b value) increased, with the addition of green tea powder. Residual nitrite content was lower in sausages containing green tea when prepared with same amount of nitrite, showing the addition of green tea powder has a beneficial effect on reducing the residual nitrite content in sausage. TBARS and VBN contents were lower in sausages with nitrite and green tea than those with nitrite alone. The TBARS and VBN lowering effects of green tea were higher in sausages prepared with low level of nitrite than those prepared with high amount of nitrite. The results suggest that the addition of green tea powder may reduce the residual nitrite content of sausage, and the use of green tea may also cut down the use nitrite in the production of pork sausage with little deterioration in preservation.