6 Creative Ways to Use Shiitake Mushrooms

Sure, he’s a fungi. But the real reason the mushroom is invited to the party is because that unmistakable umami flavor makes everything taste more interesting. Shiitakes especially: High levels of the amino acid glutamate give them a potent, meaty, smoky vibe. Try them dried into “salt” for popcorn. (How fun is that?)

Brush Off

Unlike other mushrooms, which grow in soil, shiitakes grow on logs and are much cleaner. To prep, quickly wipe them with a dry paper towel and remove their tough stems.

Just Add Water

It’s fine to substitute dried shiitakes for the fresh variety. In fact, the dried ones deliver a richer, more intense flavor. To rehydrate, soak in boiling water (removed from heat) for 30 minutes. Pat dry and use as you would fresh. Don’t toss the soaking water: It makes a delicious base for soups!

Shiitake Bacon Duxelles Deviled Eggs Shiitake Beef Tacos

Shiitake Bacon

Duxelles Deviled Eggs

Shiitake Beef Tacos

Shiitake Carbonara Shiitake Parmesan Salt Shiitake Udon Soup

Shiitake Carbonara

Shiitake Parmesan Salt

Shiitake Udon Soup

Recipes by Paige Grandjean