When Shiitake Mushrooms are in season, I always become nostalgic and think about my grandmother. She used to grow Shiitake in the woods near her house and my family was lucky to enjoy the harvest. Her Shiitake were meaty and chewy and crunchy and delicious. This is another way to enjoy the meaty Shiitake. It’s delicious to eat with Rice, OR great for drinking.


2 Servings


6 to 8 Shiitake *about 100g
1 teaspoon Corn Starch OR Potato Starch
1 to 2 tablespoons Oil *I used Canola Oil

1 tablespoon Sake (Rice Wine) OR Water
1 tablespoon Mirin
1 tablespoon Soy Sauce
1 teaspoon Sugar
1 teaspoon grated Ginger *use fresh Ginger for spiciness

  1. Combine all the Sauce ingredients in a small bowl.
  2. Carefully clean Shiitake and cut in half (OR quarters if large). Coat them with Corn Starch (OR Potato Starch) very lightly. You do not need to coat them completely.
  3. Heat Oil in a small frying pan, non-stick preferred, over medium heat, and cook Shiitake pieces until nicely browned.
  4. Lower the heat and add the sauce. Stir and combine, and that’s it.