If you love mushrooms, you’re probably familiar with the gorgeous and delicious shiitake mushroom.
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In terms of flavor, shiitake mushrooms are the king of the world of edible fungi.
Shiitake mushrooms are incredibly versatile, and there are tons of ways to cook this meaty mushroom.
Want to make shiitake mushroom pizza? We’ve got that on this list for you. How about shiitake mushroom pasta? Yep, we’ve got you covered there, too.
But first, let’s learn more about shiitake mushrooms.
What Are Shiitake Mushrooms?
Shiitake mushrooms are hugely popular, and come up right behind the cremini mushroom, portobello mushroom, and button mushroom.
Here are a few more facts about shiitake mushrooms
- Shiitake mushrooms are one of the world’s most popular edible mushrooms.
- Shiitake mushrooms are native to East Asia.
- In appearance, shiitake mushrooms are light brown and slender. They have an inedible, tough stem.
- These mushrooms have been cultivated in China and Japan for centuries.
What do shiitake mushrooms taste like?
They’re rich and meaty in flavor, and when cooked, have a buttery texture and flavor.
Can you eat shiitake mushrooms raw?
Technically, you can eat shiitake mushrooms raw, but their full meaty flavor develops and is more pronounced when they’re cooked.
Where can you find shiitake mushrooms?
Fresh shiitake mushroom selections can be found both fresh in most grocery stores and supermarkets. You can also find dried shiitake mushrooms in some supermarkets. Dried shiitakes are featured in some of the shiitake mushroom recipes we’ve listed here.
Can you eat shiitake mushroom stems?
With most mushrooms, you can eat the stems. However, shiitake mushroom stems are inedible because they’re extremely tough and fibrous. You can only eat the mushroom cap on the shiitake mushroom.
How to Store and Clean Shiitake Mushrooms
Are you wondering how to prepare shiitake mushrooms for cooking and eating? The good thing about shiitake mushrooms is that they frequently have less dirt than some other mushroom varieties because they grow on rotting wooden logs and trees. If you want, you can give your shiitake mushrooms a quick rinse before you cook them.
To store your shiitake mushrooms, put them in a paper bag and store them in the refrigerator. Don’t put your shiitake mushrooms in the produce drawer (the crisper). They need to be able to breathe through the paper bags and get good airflow.
Tips for How to Cook Shiitake Mushrooms
Cooking shiitake mushrooms is easy, and you can do so much with these unique mushrooms. Here are some tips and tricks for getting the most out of shiitake mushrooms.
- How to cut shiitake mushrooms: Keep smaller shiitake mushrooms completely whole, and slice the larger mushroom caps into halves.
- Remove the stems of the shiitake mushrooms before slicing. Shiitake mushroom stems are too tough to eat.
The Best Shiitake Mushroom Recipes
Are you ready to get to the good stuff? Let’s dive in and explore the 17 best shiitake recipes.
One of the most popular shiitake mushroom recipes is sauteed shiitake mushrooms.
Sautéed shiitake mushrooms make an excellent side dish for chicken, beef, pork, or seafood.
To make sautéed shiitake mushrooms, you need tamari or soy sauce, fresh lime juice, sriracha hot sauce (or a similar hot sauce), sea salt, and sesame oil. Garnish with sliced green onion.
For a side dish, serve these sautéed shiitake mushrooms on their own.
If you want to serve sautéed shiitake mushrooms as a main dish vegetarian meal, serve them over brown rice, cauliflower rice, or basmati rice.
When you think of stir fry dishes, what veggies come to mind?
Two of our favorite stir fry veggies are mushrooms and green beans.
When you pair green beans and shiitake mushrooms in a stir fry dish, you have a delicious and filling vegetarian meal or an excellent side dish.
This recipe calls for oyster sauce, onion, and grated fresh ginger.
Feel free to create this recipe with some chicken, beef, or tofu if you want to load it up with protein.
Anytime you find yourself craving comfort food with carbs, risotto can be your go-to dish.
When you pair your beloved risotto with caramelized shiitake mushrooms, you have a winner that no one will be able to resist.
This shiitake mushroom recipe takes just 30 minutes to prepare, and you can use a vegetable broth to make it (you can also use chicken broth if you prefer).
To make this shiitake mushroom recipe, you need thinly sliced shallot, soy sauce or tamari (or coconut amino), fresh thyme, dry white wine, avocado oil, sea salt, black pepper, fresh chopped parsley, and parmesan cheese.
To make traditional wild mushroom and wild rice soup, you should use 100% wild rice, not a wild rice blend.
This amazing recipe calls for different types of mushrooms and you can use whatever you have on hand.
For this wild rice soup, you can use shiitake mushrooms, baby bella mushrooms (cremini mushrooms), portobello mushrooms, or regular mushrooms such as button mushrooms.
With onion, celery, and carrots, this mushroom and wild rice soup is loaded with tons of nutritious veggies.
Spices are garlic powder, fresh thyme (or dried thyme), oregano, and dill.
These garlic roasted mushrooms are divine, and they’re similar to what you can have in restaurants.
The best part of making these roasted mushrooms is that you only need five ingredients: shiitake mushrooms, extra virgin olive oil, garlic cloves, kosher salt, and black pepper.
Once you have some of these in the fridge, it’s easy to add them to other recipes, too. Think mushroom gravy, stir fry, casserole dishes, and more.
When you want a vegan dish that is as meaty as beef, shiitake mushrooms can be your key ingredient.
To make this chewy and crispy sesame shiitake recipe, you need dried mushrooms and sesame oil.
Fresh shiitake mushrooms won’t work as well for this recipe.
If you can’t find dried shiitake mushrooms in your local market, you can order them online.
You will need to rehydrate your dried shiitake mushrooms by covering them with boiling water.
One of our favorite mushroom side dishes is baked shiitake mushrooms (or roasted shiitake mushrooms).
This amazing mushroom side dish is ready in about 30 minutes of cook time and has tons of flavor.
The recipe calls for white wine vinegar, but you can use white wine instead. You can also substitute melted butter for the extra virgin olive oil.
Spices include dried thyme, garlic powder, chopped parsley, and black pepper. You can use fresh thyme or minced garlic instead.
Here’s a tip. Add some cumin to this recipe for even more flavor.
For a super-light soup that has the perfect subtle flavors and tons of nutrition, you can’t go wrong with this vegetarian kale and mushroom soup.
This recipe uses meaty shiitake mushrooms, so it’s more filling than it looks.
The kale brings in loads of nutrition and vegetable broth keeps this dish vegetarian or vegan.
What’s the best thing about this mushroom soup? 20 garlic cloves. Yes, you read that right.
You can serve this vegetarian mushroom soup with a green salad and bread and you have a full meal.
For this recipe, you can make broccoli and shiitake mushrooms with delicious tender soba noodles or without the soba noodles.
This recipe calls for ponzu, kosher salt (or sea salt), and fresh ground black pepper.
Butter adds flavor, and olive oil brings beneficial “good fat.”
Lemon zest adds a wonderful zing, and the sesame seeds used to garnish this dish also add some crunch and welcome protein.
This recipe also pairs beautifully with any other protein source, including meat, beef, pork, chicken, or tofu.
You can’t have too many easy pasta recipes in your arsenal, and this recipe for shiitake mushroom pasta will become a family favorite.
This recipe is an excellent vegetarian meal that is very filling. The parmesan cheese is totally optional.
This recipe gets its flavor from the creme fraiche, fresh parsley, and garlic cloves. Lemon zest and sea salt add tons of flavor and seasoning.
Feel free to add other veggies to this recipe, including baby spinach, leeks, or even butternut squash.
Shiitake bacon is one of the most popular ways to cook shiitake mushrooms.
While shiitake bacon can’t claim to have a pork flavor, the texture of this vegan bacon is very similar to what you’ve come to expect with regular pork bacon.
This shiitake bacon will give you a nice crunchy topping for anything that requires a salty garnish.
You can use shiitake bacon to make a vegan BLT, salads, pasta dishes, and more. You can also try this shiitake bacon on a baked potato.
Shiitake mushrooms pair wonderfully with any meat or fish, and in this recipe, shiitake mushrooms are thinly sliced and seared with cod, white fish, hake, or snapper.
This recipe is prepared with vegetable broth (or chicken broth), butter, and fresh lemon juice.
The seasoning comes from fresh parsley, fresh cilantro, or fresh chives.
For an extra kick, you need a little bit of dried red chili flakes.
Cream of mushroom soup is a classic soup that is delicious as a main-dish meal.
When we think of cream of mushroom soup, most of us think about the handy cans of condensed soup that can be used in casseroles and gravy recipes.
However, when you make cream of mushroom soup from scratch with delicious fresh mushrooms and heavy cream (or half and half), it’s a gourmet delicacy.
This shiitake mushrooms recipe calls for green onion (scallions), butter, onion, carrot, dried thyme, and black pepper.
14. Mushroom Pizza
Instead of the traditional tomato sauce pizza, try this white pizza that’s covered with mushrooms, goat cheese, mushrooms, and fresh herbs.
This mushroom pizza can use up whatever types of mushrooms you have in the fridge, but it’s particularly yummy with shiitake mushrooms.
The key to the perfect shiitake mushroom pizza is not to use canned mushrooms or raw mushrooms. You need to saute your mushrooms along with fresh herbs and a spritz of lemon juice at the end of the cooking time.
Pasta dishes are an excellent way to benefit from the wonderful flavor of all types of mushrooms, including shiitake mushrooms.
This recipe uses fettucini, along with shiitake mushrooms and fresh basil.
With garlic, extra virgin olive oil, grated lemon zest, fresh lemon juice, sea salt, and black pepper, this recipe is loaded with goodness and flavor.
The fresh basil leaves add both flavor and color to this pasta dish, and the freshly grated parmesan cheese tops it off to perfection.
One of the world’s most popular ways to enjoy shiitake mushrooms is in delicious ramen noodle dishes.
These ramen noodles are a far cry from the cheap (but yummy) packets you can buy at the store.
With tofu and bok choy (or spinach), these ramen noodles are a delicacy that is like heaven in a ramen bowl!
This recipe calls for both dried mushroom and fresh shiitake mushrooms, and the flavor is out of this world.
Other ingredients include garlic cloves, yellow onion, grated ginger, sweet bell pepper, watermelon radishes, and vegetable broth.
Smoked soy sauce (also known as shoyu) and garlic chili sauce add an unforgettable authentic flavor.
A great recipe you can use to increase your intake of whole grains is this recipe that calls for farro, shiitake mushrooms, and parmesan cheese.
Farro is an ancient grain that is chewy in consistency (similar to barley in texture). However, farro cooks much more quickly than barley does.
This recipe for farro calls for mushrooms, fresh thyme, fresh oregano, and garlic.
Fresh lemon juice adds some zing and flavor, and the grated parmesan cheese gives it an extra dose of flavor and protein.
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