How to Cook with Dried Shiitake Mushrooms

How to Cook with Dried Shiitake Mushrooms

This month we are introducing a new product: Dried Shiitake mushrooms. We are selling 4 oz. dried mushrooms in a lovely, reusable, airtight jar.

 What are Shiitake Mushrooms?

Shiitake Mushrooms

Shiitake mushrooms originally grew in the wild mountainous regions of Asia. It is believed that they go back thousands of years.

Today, they are the second-most prolific seller on the market after button mushrooms.

Shiitake mushrooms are healthy, easy to use and economic. They are versatile and can be used in many dishes, such as soups, stews, pasta, and with seafood or poultry. They are very popular in Asian cuisine. 

The Drying Process 

Shiitake Mushrooms

The drying process contributes to the earthy, nutty and smoky flavor of the mushrooms, enriching your soups, stews, stir-fries, sauces, and more. Experiencing this meaty flavor is called ‘umami’ – it is like adding a 6th sense to the five you already have.

Rehydrating Shiitake Mushrooms

Step 1 

To rehydrate the mushrooms, let them sit submerged in boiling water for 20 – 30 minutes and use as usual.

Step 2 & 3

Drain.

Hints:

  • Keep the soaking liquid since it can be used to add to stews, sauces or soups.
  • Always have a jar of dried shiitake mushrooms ready to spice up your meals.

And to get you going, here is a recipe you are going to love!

SHIITAKE MUSHROOMS IN TERIYAKI SAUCE 

INGREDIENTS 

Shiitake Mushrooms
  1. 3 cups dried shiitake mushrooms (about 3 ounces)
  2. 1/4 cup soy sauce (even a dash more for that good flavor)
  3. 1 tsp lemon juice
  4. 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  5. 1/2 teaspoon toasted sesame seeds
  6. 1 tsp fresh ginger finely chopped
  7. 1 tsp crushed garlic
  8. ¼ teaspoon salt or more (to taste)
  9. freshly ground black pepper
  10. 1 ½ cups water

  

METHOD

  1. Combine dried shiitake mushrooms, soy sauce, brown sugar, lemon juice, and water to a boil in a small saucepan.
  2. Reduce heat to medium-low and cover the pan.
  3. Simmer for about 15 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  4. Cool mushrooms before slicing thinly.
  5. Scoop into a dish.
  6. Add sesame seeds, ginger, garlic, salt, and black pepper, and mix well.
  7. Delicious as a main dish, or when served with pork, chicken, and wild or brown rice.
  8. As main dish, serves 4 people. As side-dish, serves 8 people. 
Shiitake Mushrooms