By Isabel Smith, MS, RD, CDN
Mushrooms are one of my favorite foods, they’re not only delicious but have a rich texture that can help to add flavor and boost satiety. There are many different types of mushrooms, all with slightly different flavors and textures, but in this recipe I’m using shiitake. Sautéing mushrooms is an art, and this recipe comes from my mother, who had learned this technique in a cooking class, and I must say it’s the best way to sauté mushrooms that I’ve found, so I’m thrilled to share this with you. The key to this recipe really is heating the pan and the oil before adding the mushrooms (step 5). Enjoy!
6 Steps to Properly Sauté Mushrooms
Step 1: Wash about 8-10 shiitake or other mushrooms (these are shiitake); remember to wash them well because mushrooms can be pretty dirty.
Step 2: Remove the stems by pulling away from the mushroom top.
Step 3: Using a sharp knife, slice the mushroom tops and set aside.
Step 4: Turn on the stovetop to high and heat a small sauté pan for about 1 minute, then add 1 Tbsp olive oil, and heat for another minute.
Step 5: Add the mushrooms to the heated pan and continue to cook on high for about 1 minute, then reduce heat to medium and continue to sauté, stirring occasionally to prevent burning.
Step 6: After about 5-6 minutes of intermittent stirring, remove from heat, add a pinch of salt and pepper then serve the mushrooms with your favorite dish or on their own.
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