Learning how to cook shiitake mushrooms will provide you with the opportunity to add umami, nutty, and earthiness to your meals
Do you know how to cook shiitake mushrooms? Shiitakes are one of the most popular mushrooms in the world, only second to the common button mushroom. In Asia, shiitake is the most popular mushroom.
The shiitake mushroom can add a lot of flavor and texture to a meal. When mildly cooked the shiitake is rich and buttery with a meatier texture than some other mushrooms, like the blue oyster. The flavor is smokey, nutty, and earthy when dried. The shiitake is also known to have the umami flavor due to its constituents.
Today we are going over some ways to cook shiitake mushrooms. We provide mushroom growing kits for home use so you can grow your own shiitakes in the easiest manner possible. We also have spawn for those interested in larger grows.
How to cook shiitake mushrooms: Sauteing and pan frying
Sauteing is a healthy way of preparing your shiitakes. You could use some stock to saute them in, or use olive oil or butter. These types of cooking oils will still allow for the flavor the shiitakes to come through. Prep your shiitakes by removing the stem.
Begin heating your cooking oil in a pan. Once it is heated, add the shiitake mushrooms. Cook the mushrooms for 8-10 minutes, stirring occasionally. They will be ready once they have turned a golden brown color.
How to cook shiitake mushrooms: Baking and roasting
Have you ever had a baked shiitake mushroom? They have a crispy texture and an umami flavor that some people use as a vegetarian or vegan substitute for bacon.
To make these tasty morsels, begin by taking the stems off the shiitakes. Coat the mushrooms with olive oil and season them with paprika, salt, and pepper. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F. Once your oven is properly heated, place the shiitakes on a baking sheet in the oven and bake for 20-30 minutes, until the shiitakes are crispy and before they burn. Let them cool down and then enjoy.
How to cook shiitake mushrooms: Stuffing
Stuffed shiitakes is a way to create an amazing texture and flavor for your next mushroom meal. The best shiitakes to use for stuffing are ones with large caps that have a slight curl to them. We provide some spawn and grow kits that would work well for this.
You can use a variety of ingredients for the stuffing, and you can make these so they are for vegetarians or omnivores. You can use tofu or beef, soy sauce, onion, garlic, black pepper, and any other spices that would fit with the flavors. You will also need cooking oil, flour, and two large eggs to complete this dish.
Begin by cleaning the mushrooms by gently brushing off any dirt, or cutting off any spots of decay. Remove the stems and dice them into small pieces. Mince your meat or tofu, and chop the onion and garlic. Add all of these ingredients into a mixing bowl. Place your mushroom caps on a plate with the caps up and lightly sprinkle flour on them. Fill the mushroom caps with the stuffing and sprinkler more flour on top. In a separate bowl, break the eggs and whisk together until blended well. Heat some oil in a pan and get ready to cook the mushrooms. To cook the mushrooms, pick up one of the caps, dip it into the egg, and place it into your heated pan. Allow the mushrooms to cook for about two minutes on each side.
How to cook shiitake mushrooms: Soups and stews
Mushrooms can soak up the flavor of the dish it’s part of, adding its own flavor in the process. This is one reason that making soups and stews with mushrooms is a great, flavorful idea. The stems of shiitakes are a great addition to stews because they are flavorful but normally not eaten much because of their woody texture.
You can also make a creamier soup with shiitakes by using your favorite veggies. You can use heavy cream if you would like, but you can get away with using half-and-half if you do not want it to be excessively heavy or creamy. Use vegetable stock with the mushrooms and add carrots and onions to it. You could include other veggies and spices as desired, like potatoes and pepper. Pureeing all of the veggies and mushrooms together will create a desired texture for the soup. Cook your shiitake soup for 30 minutes and it will be ready to serve!
Grow your own shiitake mushrooms at home!
Use our shiitake mushroom growing kit and you can grow pounds of fresh, organic mushrooms at home. What is easier than that? Talk about eating healthy and local! You can learn more about our mushroom growing kits, including the species we offer, or buy your shiitake kit below.