How to Cook Enoki Mushrooms

Here are 5 delicious ways you can use enoki mushrooms in your next dish. You can find them in Asian grocery stores as well as other grocery stores.
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1. Enoki Shrimp Scampi

Enoki Shrimp Scampi

Calories Per Serving: 475

Servings: 1

Ingredients:

  • 8 oz enoki mushrooms
  • 8 oz shrimp
  • 1 red bell pepper, sliced thin
  • 4 oz mushrooms, sliced thin
  • 1 T butter
  • juice of 1/2 lemon
  • 1-2 cloves minced garlic
  • 1 t Ranch Seasoning
  • parsley, as garnish

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2. Enoki “Noodles”

Enoki Noodles

Calories Per Serving: 65

Servings: 1

Ingredients:

  • 8 oz enoki mushrooms
  • 8 oz water

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3. Roasted Enoki Mushrooms

Calories Per Serving: 65

Servings: 1

Ingredients:

  • 8 oz enoki mushrooms
  • choice of spices, if desired

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4. Orange Ginger “Noodle” Bowl

Orange Ginger "Noodle" Bowl

Calories Per Serving: 350

Servings: 2

Ingredients:

  • 1 T butter
  • 2 cans tuna in water
  • 4 c green cabbage, sliced thin
  • 1 small yellow onion, sliced thin
  • 1 small zucchini, sliced thin
  • 2 c enoki mushrooms
  • 1 t fresh, chopped ginger root
  • 1 orange
  • 2 T coconut aminos
  • 2 T Braggs liquid aminos

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5. Mushroom Shrimp Marinara

Mushroom Shrimp Marinara

Calories Per Serving: 255

Servings: 1

Ingredients:

  • 4 oz baby bella mushrooms, cut in half
  • 4 oz enoki mushrooms
  • 4 oz cooked shrimp
  • 1/2 c 100% Natural Hunt’s Tomato Sauce
  • 1 t oregano
  • 1 t basil
  • 1/2 t garlic powder
  • 1/2 t onion powder
  • 2-4 drops stevia
  • pink salt, to taste

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What are Enoki Mushrooms

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Enokitake (literally “Enoki mushroom” in Japanese) is a mushroom consisting of a cluster of long, thin white stalks with white caps. They are also known as lily mushrooms.

Fresh cultivated enoki mushrooms have a mild flavor and crunchy texture.

Preparation

To prepare fresh enoki mushrooms, begin by rinsing them in cold water. Then, trim the bottom of the stems to desired length (usually about 1 inch). Do not soak enoki mushrooms as they absorb a lot of water and will become mushy if soaked for too long.

There’s no need to chop or cut the mushrooms further since they have a delicate texture and are best-enjoyed whole.

Cooking with Enoki Mushrooms

Enoki mushrooms have very little texture and cook rapidly. The sauteed enoki mushroom will lose its crunchy texture after about 2 minutes, and cooking them will make the enokis become chewier.

Raw Side Dish

The most popular way to cook enoki mushrooms is to add them raw as a finishing touch atop dishes like soups or stir-fries. This way, it’s easy to enjoy their unique texture without heating them up too much and drying them out.

That said, they can also be simmered gently in stews, hot pots, or sautéed with other vegetables as well if you wish. Just make sure not to overcook your enoki!

Texture

Enoki mushrooms are a type of polypore mushroom. Like other polypore mushrooms, their stems are very tender with a delicate texture and mild nutty or sweet flavor. They have a crunchy texture when raw, but become chewy after cooking.

Be Sure To Wash (quick rinse)

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Wash them under cold water before slicing or cooking. The best way to preserve the texture of enoki mushrooms is to saute them in a hot pot. This will bring out their deep, rich flavor and keep them crispy.

Storage

Enoki mushrooms should be stored in a paper bag in the fridge where they will keep fresh for up to two weeks. Do not store them wet or damp because this causes mold to grow on them more quickly than normal.

Perfect for Your Side Dish

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Enoki mushrooms are delicious raw in salads, sandwiches, and wraps. When preparing raw enoki mushrooms, slice off the bottom inch of the stems and cut them into 1-inch pieces. Add to your favorite salad mix or blend with oil and vinegar for a delicious dressing!

Enoki mushrooms possess a mild flavor that makes them a great addition to soups, salads and sandwiches. They taste particularly delicious when added raw to salads and sandwiches, as it is their mildness that complements the other ingredients in your dish.

You can add them to your favorite salad mix or blend them with oil and vinegar for a delicious dressing!

Versatile

From using enoki mushrooms as an ingredient in salsas, stir-frys, and pasta dishes, to add them to your favorite soup or quiche recipe, there’s no limit on what you can make with these delicious Asian mushrooms!

Before you prepare your soup or sauce, blanch and sear the mushrooms for about a minute in oil. This tenderizes them and seals in their flavor. Serve immediately after searing them so they don’t lose their texture.

Garlic, Soy Sauce, and Sesame Oil.

Garlic

There are many different ways to cook enoki mushrooms. You can season them however you like as well, but generally, soy sauce, garlic, and sesame oil will go really well with any enoki mushroom recipes.

Simmered enoki mushrooms are very popular in Asian soups and noodle dishes, just add garlic and cook in a skillet over medium heat or medium-high heat.

Soups

Asian Shiitake, Enoki, spring onions Mushroom egg Noodle or ramen

Simmered enoki mushrooms are very popular in Asian soups and noodle dishes. Blanch or sear the mushrooms in oil and add the mushrooms to your soup or sauce for best results.

Substitute light soy sauce if you are watching your sodium intake but still want to add soy sauce.

Substitute Portobello Mushroom

Portobello Mushroom

You can also use enoki mushrooms in place of button or portobello mushrooms in any recipe! Try them sauteed with butter or olive oil over a bed of rice or pasta for a hearty meal.

Enoki mushrooms are excellent in place of button mushrooms or portobello mushrooms in most recipes. You can also use enoki mushrooms raw on salads, sandwiches, or as a snack. Their mild flavor and crunchy texture make them ideal for a number of recipes.

  • Replace button/portobello mushrooms with enoki mushrooms in any stir fry recipe. They cook quickly, so add them towards the end of the process.
  • Use enoki mushrooms to make duxelles for mushroom burgers and meatballs (a traditional Italian meatball recipe).

Other Ways to Use the Enoki Mushroom

  • salads
  • soups
  • sauces
  • rice or pasta
  • side dishes
  • stir-fry
  • grilled
  • pickled
  • raw
  • dried

Enoki mushrooms are a fun and interesting addition to any dish. If you’re trying to get into cooking with enoki mushrooms, chances are you’ve seen how weird they look and now you’re wondering what to do with them.

What Does Raw Enoki Mushroom Taste Like?

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A lot of people say the enoki mushroom tastes like celery. This makes sense, because it’s very similar in texture to celery, being quite stringy and crisp (especially at the base of the mushroom).

But unlike celery, there isn’t much flavor difference between the base and the tip of the mushroom. When eaten raw you get more of the mushroom flavor.

Overall, it’s not very flavorful, but it is definitely more flavorful than celery.

If you want to add some extra flavor to your enoki mushrooms, try adding soy sauce or sesame seeds during preparation.

Enoki mushrooms are a delicious addition to many Asian dishes like soups, salads, and stir-fries.

But one thing you might be wondering about is how to cook enoki mushrooms. They’re so thin and delicate that it’s easy to imagine them getting overcooked or disintegrating if you’re not careful. So what’s the best way to cook enoki mushrooms? Let us count the ways!

You can add enoki mushrooms as a final touch to a soup or salad and let them cook in the residual heat of the dish. This works especially well if you’re using canned broth or serving a cold salad—just tear off the ends of each mushroom, and slice if desired.

If you’re using a hot broth (like miso) but don’t want your enokis to get soggy, just add them right before serving.

Stir-frying is another great way to make enoki mushrooms—and it’s actually quite easy! Just make sure your pan is good and hot, add oil, and then throw in the mushrooms and any other fresh ingredients.

Cooking enoki mushrooms is super easy, but you have to know how to do it right, or else you’ll accidentally eat a big bowl of rubbery noodles.

Pan Frying As Bite-Sized Bundles (Recipe Coming Soon)

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My new favorite way to enjoy the savory flavor of these golden needle mushrooms is to pan-fry them with soy sauce, sesame oil, and chopped scallion.

First, put a tablespoon of butter in a pan over medium heat. Once the butter has melted and the pan is hot, add the finely chopped enoki mushrooms.

Make sure the mushrooms aren’t overcrowded in the pan—if you don’t have enough room, you can cook them in batches. Saute them for three minutes on each side until they’re soft and tender all the way through.

Then add them to a serving plate or a small bowl and enjoy them.

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