How to Cook Shiitake Mushrooms – Delicious and Easy to Do

If you are looking for the best way to cook shiitake mushrooms you should keep reading my article because you are in the right place. Today, I will share this Sauteed Shiitake Mushrooms Recipe to help you prepare a good meal yourself.

1. FAQs When Cooking Shiitake Mushrooms

What Are Shiitake Mushrooms?

Shiitake mushrooms are edible mushrooms native to Japan and China. Mushrooms have umbrella-shaped, 2 – 6 cm in diameter, light brown when ripe it turns dark brown. With a delicious taste, this mushroom is often used to make sauteed shiitake mushrooms recipe. You can find them fresh and dried, but dried shiitakes are preferred by many for their convenience in storage.

How To Prepare Dried Shiitake Mushrooms?

To cook dried shiitake mushrooms, they need to be soaked. Fill a large bowl with water, drop the shiitake mushrooms, wet both sides, and then turn them so that the gill-side is downwards. Finally, leave them overnight or for 8-10 hours.

Next to clean dried shiitake mushrooms, rinse them gently to wash off any sand or mud stuck to the gills. Then, shake off and squeeze softly to get rid of the water. Finally, snap off the stem from each mushroom.

If you wish to speed up the soaking process, you can use hot water for soaking. It slightly affects the flavor. Drain the soaking liquid, and slice the caps or use them whole as per preference.

2. How to Cook Shiitake Mushrooms

   Ingredients

  • 250-gram Dried Shiitake Mushrooms (soaked)
  • 4 tablespoons of extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 tablespoon filtered water 
  • 0.25 cups of Teriyaki Sauce
  • Fresh parsley leaves (chopped) (for garnish)

   Instructions

Step 1:  Place a heavy-bottomed sauté pan (cast iron pan works great) on the stove over medium heat. Drizzle the olive oil and let it heat for 1-2 minutes. 

Step 2: Now, add the shiitake mushrooms. Cook them for 8-10 minutes by stirring (or tossing) until they soften and turn light brownish.

Step 3:  Drizzle a little water (2 Tbsp) and continue to stir cook for 2 more minutes until the liquid is all gone.

Step 4: Turn off the stove. Transfer the sautéed shiitake mushrooms to a serving dish. Add the teriyaki sauce and mix well. Garnish with fresh parsley leaves.

You can relish this sautéed shiitake mushrooms recipe as an appetizer or side dish. You can also add it to your noodles, pasta, or use as a delicious topping for pizza.

Shiitake Mushrooms Recipe

   Tips

  • This sauteed shiitake mushrooms recipe does not use salt as teriyaki sauce contains salt.
  • To store, transfer the sautéed shitake mushrooms to an air-tight container and keep it in the fridge. It will last up to 5 days.

3. Health Benefits of Shiitake Mushrooms

Shiitake mushrooms contain quite a lot of protein and especially rich in minerals and vitamins, such as vitamin C, B, precursor vitamin D, calcium, Niacin, aluminum, iron, magnesium … It has about 30 enzymes and all the good amino acids needed for the body (These are amino acids that the body cannot synthesize).

Besides, scientists have also successfully extracted Lentinan from shiitakes mushrooms. A study in Japan showed that cancer patients who are undergoing chemotherapy if they use add Lentinan, the chemotherapy effect will increase, the ability to survive is higher and the development of cancer will be inhibited. Thus in Japan, Lentinan has been accepted as an adjunct to chemotherapy.

Nutrition Facts: In 100g dried shiitake mushrooms have 12.5g protein, 1.6g fat, 60g sugar, 16mg calcium, 240mg potassium, and 3.9g iron, vitamins

Now you know How to Cook Shiitake Mushrooms. I hope after reading this article, you will successfully apply what I have instructed in the article and have a wonderful plate of sauteed shiitake mushrooms. Good luck.

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