Garlicky Roasted Shiitake Mushrooms

Garlicky Roasted Shiitake Mushrooms Recipe via Worthy Pause

Holy shiitake. The healthiest mushroom on the planet is also one of the tastiest.

I've written about my love for Asian supermarkets before, but they are where it's at when it comes to produce. Deals as far as the eye can see... and fresh shiitake mushrooms, guys. Yes, the heavens parted at Dragon Star in St. Paul this week and now here we are on this blog with shiitakes, simply roasted into little umami bombs.

This recipe is as simple as it gets, because these meaty, smoky mushrooms are so good they don't need me or you to eff around too much with them. Shiitakes are like the bacon of mushrooms, if that's a thing...

I just checked. It is a thing! People totally make vegan "bacon" out of these.

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Health Benefits of Shiitake Mushrooms

Shiitakes are one of the healthiest foods, period. 

These mushrooms have been used in traditional Chinese medicine for 6,000+ years (!). They symbolize longevity because they are packed with things that help your body do (or not do) important things. 

The laundry list of shiitake health benefits includes stuff like boosting the immune system, reducing inflammation, helping manage high blood pressure, preventing plaque build-up in the blood vessels, lowering cholesterol levels, improving energy levels and mood... there are a lot of bennies, see?

Shiitakes also contain an anti-tumor compound called lentinan, which has shown fight cancer growth. The American Cancer Society has noted that more research needs to be done, but WHOA.

How to Cook Shiitake Mushrooms via Worthy Pause

How to Cook Dried Shiitake Mushrooms

If you aren't as lucky as I am to have found a fresh supplier in my backyard, you will likely come across shiitake mushrooms in dried form.

You can follow this same recipe to cook your dried mushrooms, except you'll have a couple extra steps.

First, soak the mushrooms in room temperature water for about 30 minutes to rehydrate them (hot water will extract flavor, and you don't want that unless you're planning to make a shortcut broth... which is a good idea too). Drain and rinse them. Then dry them thoroughly. And then you're ready to slice and roast!

Garlicky Roasted Shiitake Mushrooms Recipe via Worthy Pause

Garlicky Roasted Shiitake Mushrooms

vegan, vegetarian, gluten-free, paleo, whole30 recipe

Ingredients

  • 2/3 lb fresh (or rehydrated) shiitake mushrooms, sliced
  • 2 T olive oil
  • 2-3 garlic cloves, minced
  • salt and pepper, to taste
 

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 400 F.
  2. On a foil-lined baking sheet, toss the mushrooms with olive oil, salt and pepper.
  3. Roast for 10 minutes, add the garlic and stir.
  4. Roast for 5 more minutes.

Tips

  • You should try making the Chinese Braised Chicken Thighs that I made to go with these mushrooms. So good.
  • If you let them roast a little longer, they'll become like chips!
Garlicky Roasted Shiitake Mushrooms Recipe via Worthy Pause

If you love umami-packed foods, you might like this Paleo Kimchi-Bacon Fried Cauliflower Rice!