Shiitake mushrooms are incredible! Shiitake Mushrooms are touted for their medicinal benefits and they taste delicious when added to recipes either as a topping or incorporated as a recipe ingredient. But, my favorite way to cook them is to simply Roast Shiitake Mushrooms. Roasting Shiitake Mushrooms brings out a crispy, almost "bacon" like flavor and texture! I basically use it as a substitute for bacon when converting to a vegan recipe. It's that easy!
How to Prep Mushrooms
Sometimes prepping mushrooms can become time consuming, especially when cooking with the known "dirtier" ones portobello, cremini or button mushrooms. But prepping Shiitake Mushrooms couldn't be easier! I simply cut off the "dirty" part of the stem and slice them according to the recipe. Yes, there's an ick factor you may experience by not rinsing the mushrooms but trust me, they cook better when not touched by water. Mushrooms are like sponges and soak up water easily. But if it makes you feel more comfortable, take a damp cloth (or paper towel) and swipe each mushroom cap clean. If you do decide to rinse under water, do it right before using and dry thoroughly.
How to Roast Shiitake Mushrooms
Once the Shiitake Mushrooms are prepped, line a baking sheet with parchment paper and scatter the mushrooms. Drizzle the mushrooms with olive oil, sprinkle them with sea salt and then shift them around (I use my hands), to insure that all the mushrooms are covered with oil and salt.
Roast Shiitake Mushrooms at 400° for 20 - 30 minutes or until the are crispy. Remove and set aside, uncovered until ready to use.
How to Store Mushrooms
If purchasing the mushrooms already packaged, store them refrigerated in their original container. When purchasing them loose, store them refrigerated in a paper bag or plastic bag with a paper towel to absorb any moisture. They will hold well for up to 5 days if purchased fresh.
It is best to use Roast Shiitake Mushrooms the day that they are made. But, if you do have leftovers, refrigerate the cooked mushrooms and incorporate them into another recipe. They will lose their crispiness but not their flavor or medicinal benefits!
Recommended Recipes using Roast Shiitake Mushrooms
- Spinach Salad with Roasted Shiitake Mushrooms
- Roasted Cauliflower Steak with Shiitake Mushrooms and Pine Nuts
- Vegan Split Pea Soup Recipe topped with Roasted Shiitake Mushrooms