Sauteed Shiitake Mushrooms Recipe

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If you are wondering how to cook shiitake mushrooms, the easiest way to cook them is on the frying pan! These sauteed shiitake mushrooms are ready in 5 minutes and so full of flavor!

Sauteed Shiitake Mushrooms

Shiitake mushrooms are my favorite kind of mushrooms! They are just so much more flavorful then regular white button mushrooms!

Sauteed Shiitake Mushrooms In A Bowl

Shiitake mushrooms have amazing texture – they are so tender and juicy, like they just melt in your mouth.  And shiitake mushroom taste is so deep and addictive, it just makes you want to reach for more and more!  If you never tried shiitake mushrooms, you owe it to yourself to give them a try!

Cooked Shiitake Mushrooms

Sauteed Shiitake Mushrooms Recipe Ingredients

This recipe is very simple and uses very few ingredients:

  • Fresh sliced shiitake mushrooms
  • Olive oil (or any type of cooking oil or butter)
  • Seasonings (I like to use salt, pepper and garlic powder, but the exact seasonings are totally up to you!)

fresh raw shiitake mushrooms

How To Cook Shiitake Mushrooms

Heat the oil in a large non-stick frying pan over medium-high heat.  Add shiitake mushrooms and seasonings and cook, stirring every minute, for 5 minutes, or until shiitake mushrooms are tender.  Remove cooked shiitake mushrooms from a frying pan into a serving dish and enjoy!

shiitake mushrooms cooking on a frying pan

Shiitake Mushrooms FAQs

Where can I buy fresh shiitake mushrooms?

You can buy shiitake mushrooms in most large supermarkets! They are sold in the vegetable isle next to white button mushrooms and portobello mushrooms.  Sometimes they are sold in convenient packages already pre-sliced, but if you don’t see packaged shiitake mushrooms there is a good chance the store has them in the whole form and you can buy a bag of whole shiitake mushrooms and slice them yourself.

Are shiitake mushroom stems edible?

Shiitake mushroom stems are really tough (no matter how long you cook them), so I personally don’t think they are edible.  Shiitake stems are perfectly safe to eat but they just don’t taste good :)  The only practical use of shiitake mushroom stems is to use them for flavoring vegetable stock.

To make vegetable mushroom stock with shiitake stems, wash the stems and add them to a pot of water (along with other vegetables such as onion, carrots and celery) and simmer for 1 hour.  After the stock is done, strain the mushroom stems and vegetables and discard them.   You can also make vegetable stock with shiitake stems in the Instant Pot – just follow the same directions as my Instant Pot chicken stock and use mushroom stems instead of chicken :)

For creative uses of food scraps, also see my broccoli stems recipe and creative uses of food scraps and leftovers.

Do I need to wash shiitake mushrooms?

If you bought pre-sliced shiitake mushrooms in a package, they have already been cleaned and you don’t need to wash them.

If you bought whole shiitake mushrooms, you will see that most of the dirt is on the stems. Since you don’t need the stems for sauteed shiitake mushrooms recipe, cut off the stems first before washing the mushrooms and throw the stems out.   If shiitake caps are really dirty, wash them in a colander under cold running water.  If shiitake caps are pretty clean with just a few specks of dirt here and there, all you need to do is wipe off the dirt with a wet paper towel and skip the washing.

How do I slice shiitake mushrooms?

You only need to slice the shiitake caps.  So first cut off the stems and discard, then clean the shiitake caps of visible dirt.  Put shiitake caps on a cutting board and cut into slices using a good knife.  That’s all there is to it :)

Are shiitake mushrooms good for you?

Yes, shiitake mushrooms are very healthy! They are low in calories, high in protein and fiber and have low net carbs.  They are also rich in vitamins and minerals: vitamins D and B6, copper, selenium, thiamin, riboflavin, niacin, folate, potassium, manganese, magnesium, iron and phosphorus, and they have anti-inflammatory properties. Shiitake mushrooms are a perfect addition to any healthy diet!

Sauteed Shiitake Mushrooms On A Spatula

How To Store Sauteed Shiitake Mushrooms

How long do cooked mushrooms last in a fridge?

Sauteed shiitake mushrooms keep well in a refrigerator for up to 5 days.  You can reheat them in a microwave before serving or just eat them cold.

Can you freeze cooked mushrooms?

You can also freeze cooked shiitake mushrooms in a ziploc bag and thaw when ready to eat.

Easy Shiitake Mushrooms Recipe On A Frying Pan

What To Serve With Shiitake Mushrooms

Sauteed shiitake mushrooms are very versatile and can be enjoyed many different ways! You can eat them as a side dish alongside meat and seafood, as a vegan main dish (since they are so filling), use them as part of meal prep combos, add them to rice and pasta dishes (try them as part of cilantro-lime rice and chicken pasta salad), or use them as a topping for sandwiches, burgers and steak!

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Sauteed Shiitake Mushrooms

These sauteed shiitake mushrooms are amazing! This is the easiest way to cook shiitake mushrooms! Pan fried shiitake mushrooms are so easy to make and so delicious!
Cook Time5 minutes
Total Time5 minutes
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: shiitake mushrooms
Cooking Method: Stovetop
Diet: Gluten-Free, Keto / Low-Carb, Paleo, Vegan, Vegetarian
Servings: 2
Calories: 102kcal

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  • 8 oz sliced shiitake mushrooms if using whole mushrooms, discard the stems and slice the tops
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/8 tsp black pepper
  • 1/4 tsp garlic powder

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  • Heat the oil in a non-stick frying pan over medium-high heat.
  • Add shiitake mushrooms, salt, pepper and garlic powder and stir until the mushrooms are coated with oil and seasonings.
  • Cook, stirring every minute, for 5 minutes, or until shiitake mushrooms are tender.


Sauteed shiitake mushrooms are a great topping for homemade juicy turkey burger!
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Calories: 102kcal | Carbohydrates: 8g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 301mg | Potassium: 351mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 1IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 3mg | Iron: 1mg
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  1. 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.

  2. I never cooked mushrooms. Your sight was very informative. Pictures where great. Thanks for the help

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