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Shiitake mushrooms stir-fry




Source: My own concoction

200g fresh shiitake mushrooms (gross weight)
2 tsp garlic – chopped

2 tbsp light soy sauce
2 tbsp mirin (Japanese sweet rice wine )
2 tbsp sake (Japanese rice wine) – (Mine is a sake style cooking seasoning/料理酒 as shown in the photo)
1 tsp sugar
Dash of pepper


  1. Combine all the seasonings in a small bowl. Set aside.
  2. Rinse mushrooms. Blanch over hot water (about 20 seconds). Drain. Trim the stems. If the mushrooms are huge in size, slice them into halves at 45°. Set aside.
  3. Heat up wok with oil. Sauté garlic lightly.
  4. Add in mushrooms and stir-fry under high heat until the liquid from the mushrooms has evaporated.
  5. Add in seasonings and stir-fry under medium-low heat until the sauce is thickened. Adjust seasonings if necessary. Dish up and serve.


  1. To avoid the garlic from tasting bitter, chop it coarsely and then sauté briefly.
  2. Do not over blanch the mushrooms as this will make them soggy.
  3. You can substitute shiitake with brown enoki, white shimeji or buna shimeji.
  4. If you don’t have Japanese sake on hand, you can try substituting it with Chinese rice wine. But please bear in mind that the dish will end up tasting different to a discerning eater, but still delicious nonetheless.


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  1. mycookinghut says:

    I like the ingredients used in this dish.. simple but I can tell that the flavour is big!

  2. I love shiitake mushrooms! Esp. with braised with oyster sauce. Yours look scrumptious!

  3. mmmm just gotta love shiitake mushrooms. their flavour’s just awesome! thanks for the recipe

  4. peachkins says:

    I love Shiitake mushrooms!

  5. What stunning photos! I love the simplicity of this recipe, which happens to use one of my favorite ingredients. I’d be quite happy to eat a huge bowl of these.

  6. tigerfish says:

    My must-have ingredient in shopping list is tomato! I do love fresh shiitake mushrooms 🙂

    • food-4tots says:

      Tigerfish: Sometimes it is rather difficult to find red and juicy tomatoes in either wet market or supermarket. Otherwise, I will surely buy half a dozen at least. 😉

  7. felicia says:

    shiitake mushrooms ARE TO DIE FOR. heh.
    love it braised with chicken!

  8. Pei-Lin says:

    Gotta agree! Simple and yet delish & healthy!! My family whips up this kind of dish quite often, too! Great for busy urban life!! =D


  9. Little Inbox says:

    A nice dish to go with rice. Simple to cook but it contains high nutrition value.

  10. LCOM says:

    Lovely! Must have for CNY!

  11. NKOTB says:

    too bad, am not a mushroom fan. 🙂

  12. Alice says:

    Look at those “big & juicy” mushroom! I am a mushroom fan too… simply delicious and healthy! 🙂

  13. jacqueline says:

    Mushroom is always our favourite in our family, especially my son. i like the fresh mushroom, however, i do find that it releases strong smell if it is not fresh, do u have any tips in getting rid of those smell or keeping them fresh?

  14. Braised shiitake mushrooms are my family’s favourite dish. Especially, for Chinese New year’s eve dinner, we must have a dish of them.

  15. noobcook says:

    I prefer fresh mushrooms to dried ones too. Love how the mushrooms are nicely coated in the sauce, so pretty =)

  16. Mushrooms are a must-have on my weekly shopping list as well! I have introduced them to my children early because they are easy to chew on and very nutritious. I have not cooked with shiitake mushrooms much but I really like them so I’ll try your recipe soon! Just have to swing by the Asian supermarket to get all the ingredients for the seasoning!

  17. Kate/Kajal says:

    shiitake is my most fav mushroom. gr8 recipe:)

  18. peanutts says:

    I love shitake mushrooms but always pair it up with something never on its own . going to make your hoisin chicken today, will let you know how it turned out 🙂

    • food-4tots says:

      Peanutts: I think it is the cost that makes ppl to rethink cooking it on its own. If you can find fresh and cheap mushrooms, do give it a try. Tks for trying my chicken in hoisin sauce and hope to hear your feedback. 😉

  19. homeladychef says:

    Hi, enjoy ‘seeing’ your shitake mushroom, i’m gonna cook some tomorrow…

    There is an award for you to grab from my blog, hop over to get it, will you? 😉

    • food-4tots says:

      Homeladychef: I was about to doze off in front of the PC when receiving your comment. But your award has waken me up. You’re so nice. How can I say no? Thanks!

  20. this mushrooms look really good, thick and must be juice with taste! 🙂

  21. Thanks for the reminder, I’ve not cooked mushrooms for a long time. I like to use fresh mushrooms too and whenever I cook this (braise), I cook alot and freeze, saves me lots of time 😉

  22. simple but looks so delish. I like mushrooms esp. shiitake!!

  23. Mae says:



    Besides 2 tbsp mirin (Japanese sweet rice wine )
    2 tbsp sake (Japanese rice wine), any other subsitutes?

    As it’s my first time learning to cook, i hope to use simple seasonings that are used often, so i won’t waste it.


    • food-4tots says:

      Mae: You can substitute sake (Japanese rice wine) with Chinese cooking rice wine. For mirin, I suggest that you keep a bottle in your pantry as it is very handy. If you do a search on my blog, you will find some recipes using mirin. Hope it helps. 😉

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