Japanese Sautéed Mushrooms
Discover the rich flavors of Japan with this simple, elegant dish of savory sautéed mushrooms, perfect for any meal.
About this Recipe
I’m thrilled to share with you a simple yet sublime dish that has become a cherished staple in my culinary repertoire: Japanese Sautéed Mushrooms.
These can be just any mushrooms; sautéed with a delicate balance of soy sauce and the gentle warmth of garlic, these mushrooms transform into a tantalizing topping that can grace any dish with its presence.
400g mushrooms of your choice (shiitake, oyster, enoki, etc.), cleaned and sliced
110g medium onion, thinly sliced
12g garlic (about 4 cloves), finely minced
4 tbsp (60ml) Japanese soy sauce
2 tbsp (30ml) unsalted butter or olive oil (use olive oil for vegan version)
Optional: 1 tsp (5ml) sesame oil
Optional garnish: 5g toasted sesame seeds and 10g sliced green onions for garnish
The addition of thinly sliced onions weaves a subtle sweetness into the savory tapestry, and a final drizzle of sesame oil adds a nutty aroma that beckons you to take just one more bite.
Whether served as a side, atop a steaming bowl of rice, or as a companion to your main course, these sautéed mushrooms are not just food—they’re a journey through the senses, a taste of Japan right from your own kitchen.
So, grab your pan, and let’s embark on this culinary voyage together. It’s not just about the destination; it’s about the joy we find in every stir, every sizzle, and every savory spoonful.
Step by Step Instructions
Sauté Onions: In a large pan, heat the butter or olive oil over medium heat. Add the onions, sautéing until they are soft and lightly caramelized, about 2-3 minutes.
Cook Mushrooms: Increase the heat to medium-high and add the mushrooms, cooking until nearly done and golden brown, about 5 minutes.
Add Garlic and Water: Add the minced garlic to the pan, cooking for about 1 minute until fragrant. Then, add 30g of water to the pan, and cover for 1-2 minutes to allow the mushrooms to steam and become tender.
Uncover and Season: Remove the lid, let any excess water evaporate if necessary. Pour in the soy sauce, and if using, drizzle with sesame oil, stirring to combine all the flavors.
Garnish and Serve: If using, sprinkle with toasted sesame seeds and green onions before serving.
The steam created by the addition of water will help the mushrooms cook evenly and maintain a moist texture, making them a delightful addition to any meal. Enjoy your enhanced sautéed mushrooms!
These mushrooms are versatile and can serve as a delicious side dish, a topping for rice bowls, toast or even as an addition to a stir-fry. Their rich umami flavor, enhanced by the sweet onions and aromatic garlic, will add a gourmet touch to any meal. Enjoy your Japanese-inspired mushroom delicacy!