Sweet Simmered Shiitake
Dried shiitake mushrooms have many uses around the kitchen for me. I like to save the stock and make rice or even create vegetable broth or soup. Today, I made simmered shiitake mushrooms so I could make inarizushi. Simmered shiitake mushrooms make a great side dish and is great to use as a filling in onigiri or inarizushi. They’re also great for bento boxes!
This recipe makes about 3 servings
- 10 to 12 dried shiitake mushrooms
- 1/2 cup shiitake soaked water
- 1 tablespoon and 1 teaspoon soy sauce
- 1 tablespoon mirin
- 2 teaspoon sugar
- Soak the dried shiitake mushrooms in water for at least 30 minutes (until soft). When mushrooms are soft, drain the water but reserve 1/2 cup of the mushroom soaked water. Mix the mushroom stock, soy sauce, mirin, and sugar together.
- Place the mixture with the mushrooms in a pot or large pan and bring to a simmer. Let it simmer until the liquid is gone.
- Slice the mushrooms once they are cool and pack away in bento boxes or serve as a side dish.