How To Cook Shiitake Mushrooms

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I really like shiitake mushrooms.  They have so much more flavor than white button mushrooms!

The caps of the shiitake mushrooms have a soft tender texture, while the stems are tough and chewy.  I don’t like the stems, so I discard them before cooking.

Here’s the picture of whole shiitake mushrooms:


When I cut off the stems from the shiitake mushrooms, I put the mushroom caps in one bowl, and stems in another.

Here’s the bowl with shiitake mushroom caps:


Here’s the bowl with shiitake mushroom stems (before I throw those stems in a garbage):


Do you need to wash shiitake mushrooms?  I don’t wash them.  Washed mushrooms become kind of slimy when wet.  99% of the visible dirt is on the stems, and I throw those out.  If I see visible dirt on the caps, I just take it off.

Now I’ll be cooking the shiitake mushroom caps.   The next step is to chop the caps.

Here’s the picture of chopped shiitake mushrooms:


My favorite method of cooking shiitake mushrooms is frying them in a pan.  To cook the shiitake mushrooms, just heat 1 tbsp of oil in a non-stick frying pan, then add chopped mushrooms.  Cook on medium heat, stirring periodically, for 10 minutes.  Add salt and pepper to taste.

Here’s a picture of cooked shiitake mushrooms:


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6 replies
  1. Denise
    Denise says:

    Hi Melanie, Your mushrooms look great. You could brush off the dirt from those stems and use them in your stock pot. Freeze them in a little zipbag for later if you want.


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