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How To Prepare Dry Shiitake Mushrooms For Cooking
Prep Time
1 hr
Total Time
1 hr
A simple method to rehydrate dry Shiitake mushrooms for cooking flavorful Asian dishes.
Course: Main Course, Side Dish, Soup
Cuisine: Asian
Servings: 1 varies (depends on the number of mushrooms you prep)
Calories: 59 kcal
Author: @dietitian_mom
  • 20 grams dry Shiitake mushrooms (or soak the amount you need for your recipe)
  1. Pre-soak the dry Shiitake mushrooms in a bowl of very hot water (e.g., just boiled), with stems facing down. The bowl should be at least half full of water. Expect the mushrooms to float in the water. Let the mushrooms soak for at least an hour or until completely soft.

  2. Once fully soft, rinse the outside and undersides of the mushroom caps well under cold running water.
  3. Chop a little bit off the end of each mushroom stem, then slice the mushrooms up (cap and stem) into long thin strips (or diced sized pieces depending on your recipe).

  4. Ready to use!
Recipe Notes

The amount of time it takes to rehydrate dry Shiitake mushrooms really depends on their size. If the Shiitake mushrooms are small, they could be softened enough for cutting within 20 minutes if placed into hot 'just boiled' water, giving you just enough time to rehydrate them on the side while prepping other ingredients for cooking. So check the size of the dry Shiitake mushrooms you have on hand when planning the amount of time you need to rehydrate them.

If you have plenty of time, use cold water to soak the dry Shiitake mushrooms (but expect it to take longer to get the mushrooms completely soft and ready to use) as this minimizes flavor loss from the mushrooms into the soaking water. I often just put them in a bowl of cold water, and place the bowl in the fridge in the morning, so that by evening time, the mushrooms are already soft and ready to be used for cooking a dish for dinner.

Nutrition Facts
How To Prepare Dry Shiitake Mushrooms For Cooking
Amount Per Serving
Calories 59
% Daily Value*
Sodium 2mg0%
Potassium 306mg9%
Carbohydrates 15g5%
Fiber 2g8%
Protein 1g2%
Iron 0.3mg2%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.