Meaty and tender, shiitake mushrooms are easily one of the most flavorful mushroom varieties. If you want to add even more shiitake mushroom recipes to your weekly meal plan, Shiitake Mushroom Soup is a silky, one-pot dish that will satisfy any mushroom lover. Or, for a more veggie-packed meal, Mushroom and Pea Pasta will take your favorite spring vegetables to the next level with creamy ricotta cheese and zesty lemon.
You can even try my Vegetable Ramen with Mushrooms and Bok Choy to fill your bowl with zingy ginger, tamari, and savory miso.
Cooking shiitake mushrooms begins with assembling the freshest, tastiest ingredients. Luckily, you only need three simple ingredients and a handful of seasonings to make a first-rate side that effortlessly elevates any menu.
- Unsalted butter: I use unsalted butter to saute the shiitake mushrooms in this recipe, giving them savory, caramelized notes. Though you may also use salted butter, be sure to adjust how much extra salt you add to avoid over-seasoning your dish. You could also use extra virgin olive oil for a vegan (or dairy-free version) of this recipe.
- Fresh shiitake mushrooms: The best shiitake mushroom recipe begins with high-quality fungi. Shiitakes—a type of Japanese mushroom—have a buttery, full-bodied flavor with a distinct earthiness, making them one of the tastiest mushrooms to saute. You can often find them in the refrigerated vegetable section of your grocery store, either as a whole or in a pre-sliced package. Keep in mind, too, that these mushrooms come in various sizes, from baby shiitake mushrooms to larger shiitakes. However, you can use any size if you slice them evenly. If you’d prefer not to cut your mushrooms, you can also cook them as a whole—especially if you’re using smaller varieties.
- Garlic cloves: We prefer to use fresh minced garlic in this recipe.
- Salt and pepper
- Fresh herbs: Though optional, fresh herbs are a great way to add a pop of color and light finish to this easy shiitake mushroom recipe. I use fresh parsley to season my dish, but you can also use chives (or chopped green onion), fresh basil, fresh thyme, or any other herb that pairs well with the other dishes you decide to pair with your shiitakes.
How to Cook Shiitake Mushrooms?
With these hassle-free instructions, anyone can learn how to cook shiitake mushrooms in a pan. You, too, can indulge in the irresistible taste of sauteed shiitakes in just fifteen minutes using my easy method.
- Prepare shiitake mushrooms: For a more in-depth guide to preparing shiitakes, my guide on how to clean shiitake mushrooms will walk you through the whole process step-by-step. However, in short, you can clean your shiitake mushroom caps by wetting a paper towel and gently wiping each one, removing any dirt or debris. For quicker cleaning, you may rinse your mushrooms in a colander and dry them with a paper towel. Once dry, turn the mushrooms over so the gills face you and gently pull out the stems, holding them where they meet the cap. Then, place the stemless mushroom gills down on the cutting board and cut them into thin slices with a sharp knife.
- Melt the butter: Place a 10- or 12-inch skillet on the stove over medium-high heat and warm the butter until melted.
- Saute the shiitake mushrooms: Transfer the sliced shiitake mushroom to the skillet and saute, stirring constantly, until the mushrooms soften fully and begin to caramelize (6-7 minutes).
- Saute the garlic: Add the minced garlic to the shiitake mushroom slices and saute the mixture for another 30 seconds.
- Season: Sprinkle the shiitakes with salt and pepper.
- Serve: Taste the mushrooms for seasoning and add more if necessary. Then, transfer them to a plate and garnish them with chopped parsley, if preferred.
How to Store and Reheat Leftovers?
This Japanese mushrooms recipe isn’t just delicious on the day you make it. This storage guide lets you enjoy your cooked shiitake mushrooms days after cooking, making them indispensable to easy weekday meal prep.
- Store: After sauteeing, let them come to room temperature and transfer them to an airtight container. You can then store them in the refrigerator for up to four days.
- Reheat: To reheat your shiitakes, put a little oil in a pan and heat on the stovetop over medium-low heat. If you’d prefer a microwave, cook your mushroom leftovers in 30-second increments until heated through. You might also consider adding a little water to your mushrooms before microwaving to keep them from drying out.
What to do with Shiitake Mushrooms?
Want to wow your dinner guests with a menu fit for a food magazine? You’ll never run out of recipe ideas using shiitake mushrooms with this appetizing collection.
- Serve it as a side dish with steak or chicken dishes: A perfect balance of meaty, savory, and earthy, serving shiitake mushrooms with steak is a gourmet pairing no one can resist—especially with my recipe for Reverse Seared Filet Mignon or Beef Tenderloin. Or, you can use them to add a layer of buttery tenderness to delicious chicken dishes, like my zesty Baked Chicken Skewers or creamy Goat Cheese Stuffed Chicken Breast.
- Incorporate into risotto, rice, and pasta dishes: Adding shiitake mushrooms to grain dishes is an easy way to enhance them with bold flavors. Add your sauteed mushrooms to iconic rice recipes, like Wild Rice Pilaf or Brown Jasmine Rice, or whip up a creamy pasta, like my Shiitake Mushroom Pasta, for a delicious meal the whole family can enjoy.
- Pizza, sandwich and savory tart topping: As far as toppings go, few have as much tasty umami flavor as these meaty shiitakes. Use them to top your homemade pizza or as a scrumptious addition to savory tart recipes—just like my Asparagus Goat Cheese Tart!
- Bruschetta: A great way to use this easy recipe for shiitake mushrooms is to transform it into a classic Italian appetizer. Spread whipped goat cheese over your toasted bread slices, top them with your cooked shiitake mushrooms, and this dish will disappear in seconds.
- Topping for Oatmeal: Use it as a topping for Savory Steel Cut Oatmeal for a quick and healthy addition to your morning breakfast.
- Ramen bowls: Warm, filling, and savory, ramen is a staple in Asian cooking. Bring your noodles to life with the savory, deep taste of garlic-infused shiitake mushrooms by adding this simple ingredient to must-have recipes like my Vegetarian Ramen Bowl.
- Incorporate them into omelets or egg dishes: If you’re a mushroom fan who could eat them for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, I have good news! This sauteed shiitake recipe tastes amazing in countless egg dishes, from simple scrambled eggs to my 20-minute Feta and Spinach Frittata.
- Sauces and gravies: Want to add a savory, earthy flavor to your favorite sauces and gravies? All you need to do is finely chop your sauteed shiitakes and mix them into your favorite recipes—like my luscious and rich Homemade Beef Gravy—and your sauces will never be bland again.
- Over mashed potatoes: You can say goodbye to dull mashed potato recipes when you top them with these sautéed mushrooms. I love adding cooked shiitakes to my Rosemary Garlic Mashed Potatoes to balance the creamy, aromatic blend with a bold, earthy flavor.
- Stir fries: In my opinion, making stir-fried shiitake mushrooms is the easiest way to give your Asian cuisine a gourmet twist. Simply add your shiitake slices to any of your go-to stir fries—from light vegetable mixes to protein-based recipes—and your dish will have an exquisite blend of sweet, sour, and umami flavors.
- Salads: You’ll love the meaty texture and savory taste of hearty shiitakes atop a bed of garden-fresh ingredients.
Absolutely! Sauteing is a quick and simple way to cook shiitakes while infusing them with caramelized, smoky flavors. After cooking, you can enjoy your mushrooms as a snack, a side dish, or even as an ingredient in your favorite shiitake mushroom dishes.
Yes, you can technically use dried mushrooms to make this recipe. However, dried shiitakes are expensive, and you must soak them in hot water until they plump up before cooking. To cut down on cost and prep time, I recommend beginning this Japanese mushroom dish with fresh shiitakes.
Definitely! Packed with essential nutrients and vitamins, shiitake mushrooms are incredibly useful in promoting good heart health, robust immune systems, and strong bones.
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Shiitake Mushrooms Recipe
- 3 tablespoons unsalted butter or olive oil for a vegan or dairy-free option
- 1 lb shiitake mushrooms rinsed and sliced
- 2 cloves garlic peeled and minced
- ½ teaspoon kosher salt more to taste
- ¼ teaspoon ground black pepper
- 1 tablespoon fresh parsley chopped as garnish
- Melt butter in a 10 or 12-inch skillet over medium-high heat.
- Add the sliced shiitake mushrooms. Saute, stirring constantly, for 6-7 minutes or until the mushrooms are fully softened and start caramelizing.
- Add the minced garlic and saute for 30 more seconds.
- Sprinkle it with salt and pepper.
- Taste for seasoning and add more if necessary. Transfer onto a plate and garnish with chopped parsley.
- Yields: This recipe makes about 2 to 2 1/2 cups (packed) of cooked shiitake mushrooms, which is ideal for serving 4 as a side dish. The nutritional values below are per serving.
- Cast iron or stainless steel skillet for the best results: When making this recipe, I recommend using a large pan that can retain the heat, such as a stainless steel or cast-iron skillet. I also suggest using a large skillet (10-12 inches) so that you’ll have enough room to saute mushrooms without overcrowding the skillet.
- Cleaning shiitakes: If you are new to preparing (cleaning and slicing) shiitake mushrooms, check out our step-by-step post on How To Clean Shiitakes.
- Store: Let the leftovers come to room temperature and then transfer them to an airtight container. You can store them in the refrigerator for up to four days.