Find Good Maitake Mushrooms and Clean Them
You should search until you find light gray or brown colored maitake mushrooms. You will want to get mushrooms with fronds that are plump and firm. You should make sure to avoid any maitake mushrooms that have blemishes, a slimy film, or any indication that the mushroom is moldy. Rinse the maitake mushrooms gently using cold water.
You should pat the mushrooms dry after you rinse them. Chopping maitake mushrooms is not a good idea, since chopping would ruin their look of resembling fronds. Instead, you should tear apart the maitake mushrooms at this point.
You Can Sauté Maitake Mushrooms
In order to make sautéed maitake mushrooms, you will require the following ingredients: 1 1/2 tablespoons of finely chopped fresh parsley, 1 1/2 tablespoons of olive oil, 2 tablespoons of finely chopped red onion or shallot, roughly 1/8 of a cup of dry white wine, and 4 ounces of maitake mushrooms. Four ounces of maitake mushrooms is approximately equivalent to half of a head of these mushrooms. You should first rinse the mushrooms and then cut off the stem's end that keeps the mushroom together.
Chop the mushroom's fingers into 1-inch or 2-inch pieces, or break them off of the mushroom. You can toss out the base stem or utilize the stem in some other dish if you want. Put oil into a sauté pan and heat it on medium heat.
Put in the onion or shallot and sauté until the mixture is fragrant and see-through, which usually takes roughly two minutes. Add your mushrooms and cook them, making sure to stir occasionally until the mushrooms have softened up and started glistening. Cooking the mushrooms for approximately three minutes should be enough for this step. Put in the wine and cook until the wine has largely evaporated. This should take about one minute.
Continue sautéing the mushrooms for an additional one to two minutes. After that, put in the salt and pepper. Turn the heat off and toss the mushrooms with the fresh parsley. Serve.
You Can Add Maitake Mushrooms to Soups
In order to add maitake mushrooms to soups, the first step you should take is to sauté the mushrooms. This helps bring out the full flavor of the maitake mushrooms. After that, simmer the mushrooms in your choice of beef, vegetable, or chicken broth. Put in some kind of protein like noodles, tofu, vegetables, or something else in order to complete the soup.
You Can Grill Maitake Mushrooms
One good thing about grilling maitake mushrooms is that it is a simple process. First, drizzle them amply with olive oil. Then, use salt and pepper to season the mushrooms. Next, cook the maitake mushrooms using either low heat or indirect heat until the mushrooms' outsides are crispy and the mushrooms' insides are tender. You can then serve them.
You Can Fry Maitake Mushrooms
To fry maitake mushrooms, dip them in a tempura batter and then deep-fry the mushrooms. Use sea salt to season the mushrooms and serve the maitake mushrooms. Deep-fried maitake mushrooms can work well as either a snack or an appetizer.