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Crispy Shiitake Mushroom Bacon

Posted on October 1, 2012 | 22 Comments

Loaded with savory flavor and umami taste, you’ll want to add these crispy shiitake mushrooms to all sorts of recipes. Based on a “Shitake ‘Bacon’” by Chef Elliot Prag of the Natural Gourmet Institute, this recipe is a real treat.

Crispy Shiitake Mushroom Bacon

Crispy Shiitake Mushroom Bacon

They will decrease in size pretty significantly while cooking, but to you and me, that’s just concentrated flavor! The trick to crispy shiitake mushrooms is keeping a close eye during cooking for that perfect crispness. Flip every 10-20 minutes while you’re preparing the food they will accompany.

Ingredients
8 ounces shiitake mushrooms, washed, dried, stems discarded, and sliced thinly
2 to 4 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
1/2 to 1 teaspoon sea salt

Method
Preheat oven to 350°F.

In a mixing bowl, combine sliced mushrooms, 2 tablespoons of oil, and salt. Stir gently until oil is well distributed, adding up to 2 more tablespoons of oil to ensure well-covered mushrooms. Notice in the picture above that not all of the oil is absorbed, so don’t hesitate to use the full 4 tablespoons of oil.

Line a baking sheet with non-stick foil or parchment paper. Spread the mushrooms in a single layer on your lined baking sheet and roast in the center of the oven, stirring occasionally. Depending on your oven, baking time will take 45 minutes to an hour (our oven takes 55 minutes every time). The shiitake mushrooms are done when you take one out, let it cool for a few seconds and bite down into a crispy, tasty sliver of mushroom.

These mushrooms are best enjoyed the same day you cook them. If you’ve found a way to keep them longer, leave a comment below!

Comments

22 Responses to “Crispy Shiitake Mushroom Bacon”

  1. Bekki
    October 1st, 2012 @ 10:30 pm

    Thank you for sharing this recipe. I had shiitake bacon at Plant in Asheville and it was fantastic, so this is a great reminder to make some soon.

  2. Amanda
    October 1st, 2012 @ 11:53 pm

    Sounds like a tasty idea. I’ll have to give it a try!

  3. Carrie
    October 2nd, 2012 @ 7:39 am

    I STILL haven’t tried shiitake bacon, I need to get on this!

  4. Tami (Vegan Appetite)
    October 2nd, 2012 @ 9:05 am

    Like Bekki, I had some at Plant and loved it, too. Thanks so much for sharing this recipe.

  5. Rachel @ My Naturally Frugal Family
    October 2nd, 2012 @ 12:54 pm

    I am always looking for something new to try with mushrooms…very cool idea.

  6. Cara
    October 2nd, 2012 @ 4:46 pm

    What an amazing recipe!

  7. Mel
    October 2nd, 2012 @ 9:42 pm

    This sounds amazing. I’m definitely going to give it a try!

  8. Kirsten
    October 4th, 2012 @ 9:29 pm

    ahhh, two of my favorite foods: mushrooms and “bacon” of any sort! Can’t wait to try this!

  9. inspiredeats
    October 5th, 2012 @ 10:02 am

    Thanks for the feedback! These really are very tasty, and I plan to post at least a couple new recipes that use them this month.

  10. SteveO
    October 7th, 2012 @ 8:01 pm

    Haven’t tried these yet but I’m guessing they’d be even better if you smoked the shrooms first. I always smoke potatoes before making hashbrowns, etc and they’re the best! The smoking really adds a “bacon” flavor.

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  12. Amanda
    October 11th, 2012 @ 8:18 pm

    Hi! I linked to this post and included the photo in my post today. If you’d prefer I don’t include your photo on my blog, please let me know and I will take it down, pronto! http://inmyvegangarden.blogspot.com/2012/10/vegan-mofo-some-good-looking-stuff.html

  13. inspiredeats
    October 14th, 2012 @ 4:28 pm

    No problem, Amanda! Let me know how they turn out for you!

  14. AKAndie
    January 21st, 2013 @ 8:55 am

    Thank you for posting this! I tried crispy shitake for the first time yesterday at Nobu in Malibu and immediately knew that I wanted to make it at home first chance I get. Running out for the mushrooms now!

  15. inspiredeats
    February 12th, 2013 @ 12:17 pm

    You’re very welcome, AKAndie. I hope you enjoyed them as much as I do!

  16. Jule Goble
    April 7th, 2013 @ 10:00 am

    Oh how I love the Interne!. I made shitake bacon from a Veg News recipe years ago. So, was happy to discover it again on your blog…which looks like something I’ll definitely need to start perusing regularly. Thanks!

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  18. vibha raje
    June 23rd, 2014 @ 5:03 am

    i am sure this would test great. i was searching for a reciepe of shitake mashrooms in aromas of china crispy shitake mashrooms in oyster souce which was fantastic can any body give me that receipe? thank u .

  19. Shiitake Cook
    February 2nd, 2015 @ 3:04 pm

    Next time I buy shiitake mushrooms I will try this! Thanks for the idea!

  20. pavegan
    April 23rd, 2015 @ 3:04 pm

    I sprinkled a little black pepper on top before putting it in the oven and it came out amazing! serve it with mashed potatoes and you can’t go wrong

  21. Paula
    January 24th, 2016 @ 6:13 am

    These are every bit as good as bacon! I stored leftover Shitake bacon in a ramekin, uncovered and they were still crispy the next day.

  22. Grace
    May 2nd, 2016 @ 3:02 pm

    I saw this on Dr. Oz. Looked it up. Going to try this soon.

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