Shiitake Mushrooms, Here's Everything You Need to Know
What They Are
Shapely shiitake (pronounced shee-tah-kay) mushrooms are prized for their rich, meaty flavor. Popular in Asia for more than 1,000 years, shiitakes have been cultivated in the United States since the late 1970s. Today, they are available in the produce aisle of most grocery stores.
Buying and Storing
Look for thick domed caps that curl under and have pale spots or a light bloom. Avoid any with broken caps. Store shiitakes, wrapped in a lightly dampened kitchen towel, in the refrigerator, up to 3 days. Before using, rinse them and cut off the tough stems.
Thanks to their full-bodied flavor, hearty texture, and high protein content, shiitakes are a great addition to meatless meals. Saute them for pastas or risotto, add them to stir-fries, or roast for pizza or grain-based salads. They are also delicious with pork, chicken, or salmon.
Tried-and-True Shiitake Recipes
CREAMY SHIITAKE ALFREDO
Add some umami to this classic comfort food with meaty shiitakes. They're the perfect partner for rich cream sauce, and we've added shallots, garlic, and fresh thyme for even more depth of flavor.
SHIITAKE AND EGG TART
Perfect for brunch, dinner, or pretty much any time of day. Sunny-side up eggs are bordered by mushrooms, surrounded by puff pastry, and finished with fresh tarragon and grated Parmesan.
SHIITAKE, SHRIMP, AND SNOW PEA STIR-FRY
So much better than takeout! Garlic, ginger, rice vinegar, soy sauce, and red-pepper flakes make a delicious Chinese-inspired sauce for this 30-minute stove-top meal.