Savory Shiitake Mushroom Sauté

Unlock the Umami: A Simple and Flavorful Shiitake Dish
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Savory Shiitake Mushroom Sauté

Prep Time 20 mins Total Time 20 mins Difficulty: Beginner Servings: 2 Best Season: Suitable throughout the year


Discover the rich and earthy flavors of Shiitake mushrooms with this easy-to-follow recipe. Cooked to perfection with olive oil, butter, and a hint of sake, this dish highlights the natural umami of Shiitakes. Enhanced with garlic, green onions, and a sprinkle of oregano, it’s a perfect side dish or a main course for mushroom lovers.


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  1. Wash and Dry the mushroom

    Rinse the Shiitake mushrooms gently under cold water. Pat them dry thoroughly with paper towels and let them air dry for at least 15 minutes to ensure they don't release too much water during cooking.

  2. Cut the mushroom

    Once dry, trim the stems and slice the mushrooms into uniform pieces to ensure even cooking.

  3. Heat the pan

    In a large skillet, heat olive oil over medium heat until the pan and oil are hot enough.

  4. Cook the mushroom

    Add the sliced mushrooms to the skillet. Sauté until they begin to brown and release their moisture. If water is released, continue cooking until most of it has evaporated.

  5. Add Flavorings

    Stir in the garlic, green onions, salt, pepper, and oregano. Cook for another 2-3 minutes until the herbs are fragrant.

  6. Deglaze with Sake

    Pour in the sake (if using) and cook for an additional minute to allow the alcohol to evaporate and flavors to meld.

  7. Serve

    If desired, sprinkle some green onion in the pot and give it a quick stir, then serve.


  • Drying Mushrooms: Properly drying the mushrooms is crucial. After washing, ensure they are patted dry and allowed to air dry. This prevents them from releasing too much moisture during cooking, which can make them soggy.
  • Cooking Off Water: If mushrooms release a lot of water, be patient and cook it off before adding garlic and herbs to prevent boiling the ingredients.
  • Sake Substitute: If you prefer not to use sake, you can omit it. The sake helps to enhance the umami flavor of the mushrooms, but the dish will still be delicious without it.
Keywords: Shiitake mushrooms, vegetarian, umami, sauté, easy recipe

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Can I use another type of mushroom for this recipe?

Yes, while Shiitake mushrooms are recommended for their flavor and texture, you can substitute other mushrooms like button or Portobello.

What can I serve with this Shiitake mushroom sauté?

This dish pairs beautifully with steamed rice, quinoa, or as a topping for a creamy polenta. It’s also great alongside grilled meats or tofu.

How long can I store the leftover Shiitake mushroom sauté?

Store any leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. Reheat gently in a skillet or microwave before serving.

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