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I’ve never met a mushroom I didn’t like. But if I had to name one variety that trumps them all, it would be shiitakes. The brown, saucer-shaped fungi are indigenous to Asia.

But they’ve also proved their versatility across all cuisines. Taut and chewy, but hardly squishy or spongy, they’ve got a texture that falls nicely between the extremes of a beefy portobello or slithery wood ear. And perhaps most importantly of all, they outshine most others in the flavor department, with a woody and intensely savory profile that’s sings its mushroom-y virtues loud and clear.

With so much going for them, it’s seems appropriate to call shiitakes the real king of all mushrooms (sorry, king oysters, but there’s only so much in a name). Here are 15 recipes that benefit from their royal and regal touch.

1. Goat Cheese Toasts with Asparagus-Mushroom Ragu

Goat Cheese Toasts with Asparagus-Mushroom Ragu recipe


Asparagus and shiitakes are fantastic friends: they think alike with their velvety textures while also complementing one another with contrasting tones. Plopped onto bruschetta, they’re about as happy a pair as can be. Get our Goat Cheese Toasts with Asparagus-Mushroom Ragu recipe.

2. Steamed Vegetable Dumplings

jiaozi (Chinese steamed dumplings)


It’s no secret that mushrooms can stand in ably for meat in a number of situations. Along with tofu, they make for a perfectly substantial filling in plump, hand-folded potstickers (like these fresh shiitake and tofu dumplings) or all-veggie dumplings folded into an ingot shape with the “hug” method. Get our Steamed Vegetable Dumpling recipe.

Related Reading: What Is the Difference Between Dumplings and Wontons?

3. Miso Soup with Napa Cabbage and Udon

Miso Soup with Napa Cabbage and Udon recipe


Miso soup typically is served as a starter, but the addition of shiitakes and noodles makes it fit to be eaten as a meal all by itself. Get our Miso Soup with Napa Cabbage and Udon recipe.

4. Quick Vegetarian Pho

Easy Vegetarian Pho recipe

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Shiitakes make this quick veggie version of pho feel meaty and satisfying; the aromatics in the broth make it super fragrant and good to the last slurp. Get the Quick Vegetarian Pho recipe.

5. Quinoa Tabbouleh with Marinated Tuna, Shiitakes, and Bonito-Rosemary Aioli

Quinoa Tabbouleh with Marinated Tuna, Shiitakes, and Bonito-Rosemary Aioli

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It takes some carefully chosen ingredients to make an uber-healthy dish that also manages to satisfy. In this masterful composition from Myers + Chang, shiitakes join forces with marinated ahi tuna, quinoa, crunchy seeds, fresh herbs, and tons of other flavorful components. It is, admittedly, a bit of a project, but easy to break into smaller tasks over a few days and totally worth it. Get the Quinoa Tabbouleh with Marinated Tuna, Shiitakes, and Bonito-Rosemary Aioli recipe. (Or try a simpler but similar salad with this Shiitake Avocado Quinoa Salad recipe, practically the poster child for the power meal.)

6. Best Veggie Burgers

A solid veggie burger is only as good as the sum of its parts. With shiitakes and portobellos, short grain brown rice, walnuts, and a laundry list of seasonings and spices, everything in these savory, meaty patties adds up just right. They hold together on the grill too. Get the Best Veggie Burger recipe.

7. Shitaake “Bacon”

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Up close and personal with this 𝘝𝘌𝘎𝘈𝘕 𝘚𝘏𝘐𝘐𝘛𝘈𝘒𝘌 𝘔𝘜𝘚𝘏𝘙𝘖𝘖𝘔 𝘉𝘈𝘊𝘖𝘕! So easy to make and perfect for salads, sandwiches, pasta and so much more. Recipe is below! Berry approves of this post 😂⁣ ⁣⁣ Ingredients⁣⁣ 2 tablespoons olive oil or avocado oil⁣⁣ 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar⁣⁣ 1 tablespoon Tamari (soy sauce, coconut aminos and liquid aminos work as well)⁣⁣ 1 tablespoon maple syrup⁣⁣ 3/4 teaspoon liquid smoke⁣⁣ 1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika ⁣⁣ 1/4 teaspoon salt⁣⁣ 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper⁣⁣ 4 oz fresh shiitake mushrooms⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ Instructions⁣⁣ 1. Preheat the oven to 350ºF and line a large baking sheet with a silicone mat or parchment paper. ⁣⁣ 2. In a reusable bag (we used a @stasherbag), add in all of the ingredients except for the mushrooms. Seal and shake until uniform. Set aside.⁣⁣ 3. Carefully remove the stems from the mushrooms and then slice the caps into 1/4-inch strips. Transfer the mushrooms slices into the bag with the marinade and seal. Shake vigorously until the mushrooms are evenly coated. Allow the mushrooms to marinate for 1 hour.⁣⁣ 4. Next, transfer the sliced mushrooms to the lined baking sheet and arrange them in a single layer. Be sure that there are no overlapping pieces. ⁣⁣ 5. Place the mushrooms into the oven for 15 minutes.⁣⁣ 6. Line a large plate with a paper towel and set it aside.⁣⁣ 7. Remove the baking sheet from the oven and carefully flip the mushrooms. Remove any crispy pieces and set them aside on the plate. Place the baking sheet back into the oven for 15-20 minutes, checking it every 5 minutes and removing crispy pieces as you go. Be careful! It may appear crispy on the edges and soft in the center but that is okay! It will crisp up as it cools.⁣⁣ 8. Be sure to allow the mushroom bacon to cool completely.⁣⁣ 9. The mushroom bacon is best served fresh but if needed, store it in an airtight container at room temperature for up to a 5 days.⁣⁣ #vegan #veganbacon #veganrecipe #sweetsimplevegan #shiitake

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Need something special to top those veggie burgers? Keep with the theme and pile on these salty and crisp shiitake bits that deliver all the craveable qualities of bacon. Get the Shitaake Bacon recipe.

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8. Gai Lan and Shiitake Stir-Fried Brown Rice

Gai Lan and Shiitake Stir-Fried Brown Rice recipe


Shiitakes and Chinese broccoli can help transform a greasy takeout staple into something infinitely more wholesome (and worthy of scarfing down with reckless abandon). Get our Gai Lan and Shiitake Stir-Fried Brown Rice recipe.

9. Buddha’s Delight (Jai)

Jai (Buddha's Delight vegan stir fry)


As far as feast-worthy vegetarian meals go, Buddha’s delight pretty much tops them all. With an ingredient list and instructions that read like a novella, making it is no easy feat. But for the ambitious, it rewards with a soul-nourishing warmth that is unique to this standard of Chinese Buddhist cuisine. Get our Buddha’s Delight (Jai) recipe.

10. Japchae (Korean Stir-Fried Sweet Potato Noodles)

Korean sweet potato noodles japchae recipe


Japchae is based around translucent sweet potato noodles, which might just out-slither mushrooms in the slipperiness game. Altogether, it makes for one slurpable dish, rounded out by a host of hearty veggies and a sauce flavored with brown sugar and soy. Get our Japchae (Korean Stir-Fried Sweet Potato Noodles) recipe.

11. Miso Ramen with Roasted Vegetables

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A meatless ramen has to work overtime to compensate for the flavor that would normally be provided by chicken, seafood, or pork. Luckily, miso provides ample backbone in this recipe, while sweet potatoes and shiitakes keep things interesting on top. Get our Miso Ramen with Roasted Vegetables recipe.

12. Soy Sauce Butter Pasta with Shrimp and Shiitakes

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Soy Sauce Butter Pasta with Shrimp and Shiitakes

Butter and soy sauce with the shrimp and the earthy shiitake mushrooms produce heightened and delightful flavors and is seriously delicious. Check it out how easy it is to make on the blog today! ‪#‎soysauce‬ ‪#‎butter‬ ‪#‎Shrimp‬ ‪#‎shiitakes‬‪ #‎mushrooms‬ ‪#‎pasta‬ #amazing #awesome #instafood #instagood #photooftheday #foodie #delicious #eating #foodpics #hungry #foodporn #nofilter #summer #Chinese #best

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Mushrooms, butter, shrimp, and soy sauce add up to one immaculate storm of umami deliciousness in this pasta dish that bridges the cuisines of Italy and Japan. Get the Soy Sauce Butter Pasta with Shrimp and Shiitakes recipe.

13. Artichoke and Pickled Shrimp with Lemon Aioli

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Mushrooms often find themselves in the role of the secret ingredient, adding texture and flavor to dishes behind the scenes. Here, they help subtly amp up a shrimp and artichoke salad, adding an earthiness to the otherwise sharp and piquant dish. Get our Artichoke and Pickled Shrimp with Lemon Aioli recipe.

14. Charles Phan’s Steamed Ground Pork with Salted Fish

Charles Phans Steamed Ground Pork with Salted Fish recipe


This dish is all about big flavors, from the fattiness of pork spare ribs to the brine of salted fish. Shiitakes step in to match those powerful ingredients, holding steady in a situation where other mushrooms might find themselves overpowered. Get Charles Phan’s Steamed Ground Pork with Salted Fish recipe.

15. Asparagus and Shiitake Mushroom Tart with Polenta Crust

The full flavor of shiitakes can shine through even amongst the richness of eggs and cheese. Finished with a few pinches of truffle salt, this polenta tart has all the markings of a truly decadent brunch main. Get the Asparagus and Shiitake Mushroom Tart with Polenta Crust recipe.

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Miki Kawasaki is a New York City–based food writer and graduate of Boston University’s program in Gastronomy. Few things excite her more than a well-crafted sandwich or expertly spiced curry. If you ever run into her at a dinner party, make sure to hit her up for a few pieces of oddball culinary trivia.
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