Dried Sliced Shiitake Mushrooms have a rich umami flavour – they’re a fantastic all-rounder mushroom to use in risottos, pasta, ramen and broths. Shiitakes are a classic Chinese and Japanese ingredient.
The Japanese recipe Simmered Shiitake mushrooms is a popular recipe for dried shiitakes. Rehydrate the mushrooms, then keep the mushroomy water and bring to the boil with soy sauce, mirin and sugar before coating the plump mushrooms.
Read our guide to using dried mushrooms for more tasty ideas.
One of our favourite ways to use rehydrated mushrooms is to pan-fry them in butter with chestnut mushrooms or ordinary white mushrooms, making the flavours go even further.
To use dried shiitake mushrooms
To rehydrate these shiitake mushrooms, add them to a saucepan with at least 500ml hot water. Boil for 7 mins. Lift out with a slotted spoon and discard the water, then rinse well in several more changes of water.
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