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Delicious & Healthy! Shiitake Mushrooms & Ginger Side Dish (Vegan/Vegetarian/Gluten-Free)


Today I introduce you to a Japanese traditional side dish which has a sweet-savory taste. In this recipe, various ingredients are slowly simmered in the sauce so that the ingredients have great flavor and great taste. I can’t stop eating it when I make it because it is so delicious!!

I used shiitake mushrooms and ginger this time.

Shiitake mushrooms are low in calories and also are a nutritious vegetable. They are high in vitamin D, fiber and vitamin B. If grocery stores near you don’t have fresh shiitake mushrooms, you can use dried shiitake mushrooms. Dried shiitake mushrooms have more vitamin D than fresh ones. The day before cooking, soak in water to reconstitute in the refrigerator.

As you know ginger is also very nutritious. It makes our metabolism active and our body warm. The dish has a lot of awesome ginger flavor! If you or your family don’t like ginger’s pungent taste very much, you can cook the dish without ginger.

Here are some tips to store shiitake mushrooms and ginger. I always freeze shiitake mushrooms in a zipper plastic bag. Cut to the proper size for the dish and cook without defrosting. Use within 1 month. I also freeze peeled fresh ginger and wrap it with aluminum foil. I use it within 3 month.

The recipe is very easy and you only need a pan.

Put prepared ingredients together in a pan at same time.
If you like vinegar taste, you can add 1~2 tsp. of rice vinegar as a secret ingredient. Delicious!!
Simmer with aluminum foil cover to cook and macerate evenly.
*Detailed and visual instructions can be found in the recipe PDF: Shiitake Mushrooms Side Dish

To store, transfer it to a clean container and keep in the refrigerator. Use within 7 days.


Ingredients (servings 2)

7 pieces (3.5 oz.) Shiitake Mushrooms

2 small pieces Sliced Ginger

2 Tbsp. Cooking Sake

1 Tbsp. Soy Sauce REDUCED SODIUM [Gluten Free] (Organic)

1 Tbsp. Sugar

2 Tbsp. Mirin Sweet Cooking Rice Wine

¼ cup Water

Detailed and visual instructions can be found in the recipe PDF: Shiitake Mushrooms Side Dish


Author: fravitch

We have two blogs: One is a recipe blog "Your Home for Homemade Japanese Food". Another is about my husband's book "Accidental Samurai".

39 thoughts on “Delicious & Healthy! Shiitake Mushrooms & Ginger Side Dish (Vegan/Vegetarian/Gluten-Free)

  1. This looks so delicious and so simple! I have a question – would you always eat this hot or could you have it cold in a lunch bento?

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    • Thank you for the comment with the good question!! You can have this either way. I eat hot on the day I cook and After that, I eat cold because I store in the refrigerator. I don’t heat it up. This is a great dish in a lunch box 🙂

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  2. I can smell the lovely aromas of this through my screen!

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  3. Thanks for the tip on storing shiitake mushrooms and ginger. Your blog is my go-to for cooking Japanese food!

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    • What a nice comment! Thank you!! In Japan, I usually buy groceries day by day so I just keep food products in the refrigerator. But here in the US, we go grocery shopping once a week or every other week so I learned how to store many ingredients so that I don’t waste food.

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  4. This sounds great. I love Shiitake but always use them in a dish rather than as a dish in itself. Thank you for the recipe, I will try this soon.

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  5. I’m happy to discover your blog. Thank you for visiting Under Western Skies. Best of luck with your ventures. Keep cooking!

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  6. That’s so tasty! I like your recipe.

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  7. Yummy. This is something I have to try.

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  8. I wish there was a delicious button in word press😍😍

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  9. This is a great recipe! Thanks for sharing. 🙂

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  10. Looks delicious. I really like mushrooms!

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