Originally from Japan and Korea shiitake mushrooms have firm caps and a light brown meaty flesh with a distinctive flavour. Look for plump mushrooms with curled under caps.
How to Use
Include in sauces and stocks or chop and add to stuffing for poultry, meat or fish.
How to Prepare
All mushrooms should be washed before use and dried with a kitchen towel. Remove the tough stems and slice, or leave the mushroom cap whole.
How to Cook
Shiitake mushrooms can be fried or grilled. To fry, heat a little butter in a frying pan and cook over a high heat for 4-5 minutes. To grill, preheat the grill to high, brush the mushrooms with olive oil and cook for 5-10 minutes. They can also be stir-fried, roasted or poached in the microwave.
How to Store
Keep in a paper bag in the fridge for up to 3 days. Do not store them in a plastic bag because they will sweat and quickly spoil.