Shiitake Mushrooms are loaded with rich, earthy flavor. They are best when simply sautéed in a pan with just a few ingredients. This will be your new favorite side dish!

fried shitake mushrooms in a pan

Shiitake Mushrooms make for such an easy and delicious side dish. Not only are the epitome of comfort food, they are so darn healthy for you.

When cooked with simple ingredients until golden brown, these shrooms go great on just about anything. From mashed potatoes to steaks, they are simply the perfect topper.

Ingredients for fried shitake mushrooms

How to Cook Shiitake Mushrooms

Perfect sautéed shiitake mushrooms are only three, easy steps away:

  • Add sliced mushrooms and diced onions to a pan preheated with oil.
  • Sauté until golden brown. Season to taste.
  • Garnish with green onion and serve right away.


What can I do with shiitake mushrooms?

From pastas to bruschetta to sandwiches and beyond, you can add sautéed shiitake mushrooms to just about any dish. My sons love them on top of their burgers!

Can you eat uncooked shiitake mushrooms?

You surely can! Just make sure to rinse them well in a colander and whip away any excess dirt with a paper towel. That being said, shiitakes are their best when sautéed. If you’re looking for a fresh mushroom to add to a salad, use a cremini or another much cheaper shroom.

What do they taste like?

Shiitake mushrooms have a strong, earthy flavor and are packed with umami. When cooked, they have a wonderfully meaty texture.

Can I use dried shiitakes?

Absolutely! Just make sure to soak your dried shiitakes in hot water before adding them to the pan. They will typically cook a bit faster than fresh and the stems might be a bit too tough to eat depending on the brand, so give them a nibble before serving!

How to Serve Shiitake Mushrooms

Shiitake mushrooms make the most delicious side with eggs for breakfast. You can also add them to your mashed potatoes, a crunchy cabbage salad or even a mushroom sandwich with our no-knead bread.

Storing Leftovers

Take that big haul of mushrooms that you got from the farmer’s market and put it to work. Sauté a ton of mushrooms and have them on hand to top your favorite dishes through the week.

  • Refrigerating – Store your leftovers in an airtight container in the fridge. They should last for 2-3 days when stored this way.

Hot tip: You can always microwave the mushrooms. I would highly recommend reheating mushrooms in a frying pan to achieve the same fresh crispy flavors.

More Mushroom Recipes

  • Chicken Mushroom Marsala – A classic mushroom dish that never gets old.
  • Pickled Mushrooms – Pickled mushrooms are a game changer. Pop them on a charcuterie tray or have a couple on the side of a big, juicy steak.
  • Chanterelle Mushrooms Recipe – Chanterelle season is the best time of year for mushroom lovers. This beautiful veggie makes for the perfect light meal.
  • Air Fryer Steak Bites with Mushrooms – Steak and mushrooms go together like peanut butter and jelly. This recipe is made all the easier by using the air fryer to get that perfect texture.

Here are a couple of my favorite tools to make this recipe. I’m a firm believer that the right gadgets and appliances make you want to cook even more!

  • Staub Pan – Staubs might be on the pricier side, but they last forever and I use mine almost every single day.
  • J.A. Henckels Knife – For under $60, this knife slices through meat and veggies like butter. It’s my go-to for slicing and dicing.

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Natalya Drozhzhin

Natalya founded Momsdish to demonstrate that placing a homemade meal on the table is not hard at all. Natalya makes cooking easier and approachable, by simplifying the ingredients, while still producing the same great taste.