Shiitake Dashi 干し椎茸の戻し汁

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  • Aside from kombu dashi, shiitake dashi is another great option for vegetarians to make Japanese stock. To make flavorful and intense shiitake dashi, it is as simple as soaking dried shiitake mushroom in water. 

    Shiitake Dashi and Shiitake mushroom in bowls.

    Shiitake Dashi is the liquid created from re-hydrating dried shiitake mushrooms in water.  I will show you how to re-hydrate dried shiitake mushrooms and make shiitake dashi for preparing food..

    Shiitake dashi and Kombu dashi are the only vegetarian dashi in Japanese cooking.

    Watch How to Make Shiitake Dashi 干し椎茸の戻し汁の作り方

    Make flavorful and intense shiitake dashi by simply soaking dried shiitake mushroom in water.

    In Japanese cooking, we use fresh shiitake mushrooms for grilled dishes and soups while we use dried ones for simmered, steamed, and stir fried dishes.

    How to get the best flavor from dried shiitake mushrooms:

    1. Buy thick mushrooms with deep white fissures on the cap (more flavor)
    2. Rehydrate with cold water
    3. Rehydrate at least overnight

    Shiitake Dashi and Shiitake mushrooms in bowls.

    To make shiitake dashi, please note that we can only use dried shiitake mushrooms because fresh shiitake mushrooms do not have the same depth of flavors as the dried ones.

    Shiitake dashi is more of a by-product after preparing dried shiitake mushrooms for cooking, but this soaking liquid has good nutrients and flavors so we never throw away and try to find good use for it in cooking.   Shiitake dashi is rarely used as its own and usually combined with other kinds of dashi to enhance the flavor (add umami).

    If you are looking for different kinds of dashi, please check my main Dashi page.

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    Shiitake Dashi
    Prep Time
    10 mins
    Total Time
    25 mins
    Aside from kombu dashi, shiitake dashi is another great option for vegetarians to make Japanese stock. To make flavorful and intense shiitake dashi, it is as simple as soaking dried shiitake mushroom in water. 
    Course: Condiments
    Cuisine: Japanese
    Keyword: shiitake broth, soup stock
    Author: Nami
    If you need to rehydrate the mushrooms for your recipe:
    If you need the liquid (shiitake dashi):
    1. Gather all the ingredients.

      Shiitake Dashi Ingredients
    2. Remove any particles of sand or dirt trapped under the gills (with pastry brush, if you have one) but do not use water to clean.
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    3. Ideally you want to make shiitake dashi ahead of time. Place the mushrooms in an airtight container with a lid and pour cold water to cover the mushrooms. Tumble the mushrooms around to wet them. Put it in the refrigerator and let them soak for a few hours or (preferably) overnight.
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    4. However, if you are in hurry, place the mushrooms in a bowl and soak them in warm water for 15 minutes or until softened. Put something heavy on top of the mushrooms so that they will be submerged under warm water and become fully re-hydrated.
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    5. Give a gentle squeeze to drain, reserving the water.
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    6. Remove and discard the stem of mushrooms with a knife (they are usually too tough to eat).
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    7. Run the soaking liquid through a fine sieve and keep it for cooking (this is the shiitake dashi).
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    8. Both shiitake dashi and mushrooms are ready to use for cooking. If you plan to save for later, you can store in the refrigerator for 2-3 days and 1 month in the freezer.
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    Recipe Notes

    Dried shiitake mushrooms: This can be found in Japanese/Asian/Chinese grocery stores. Each dried mushroom weighs from 5 grams to 11 grams depending on the size and thickness.


    Rehydration of dried shiitake mushrooms: It’s recommended to use cold water to soak dried shiitake mushrooms to slowly bring out the flavor from mushrooms.


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