Yuzu Marinated Japanese Mushrooms Make a Great Sake Pairing

Yuzu Marianted Japanese Mushrooms

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These Yuzu Marinated Japanese mushrooms make for a delightful side or a great tapa to pair with your favorite sake. The mushrooms are simple cleaned and roasted before being tossed in a bright citrusy marinade made with yuzu juice and yuzu kosho.

Yuzu Marianted Japanese Mushrooms

Yuzu is a Japanese citrus that has a flavor that’s somewhere between mandarins and meyer lemons with a hint of grapefruit. When green, the zests are used to make a spicy condiment called yuzu kosho, which literally means “yuzu pepper”. They turn yellow as they ripen, at which point they can be juiced. It’s a little hard to find fresh yuzu in the US, but you can get both the juice and yuzu kosho bottled online, or at a Japanese grocery store.

Yuzu Marianted Japanese Mushrooms

Yuzu Marianted Japanese Mushrooms

Roasting the mushrooms, not only creates a boatload of umami through the Maillard Reaction, it also evaporates any excess liquid in the mushrooms, allowing them to soak up the marinade like a sponge. I used a combination of shiitake, maitake(hen of the woods) and shimejis(beech mushrooms), because it’s what I had on hand, but eryngi (king trumpet) and enoki mushrooms would work as well.

Yuzu Marianted Japanese Mushrooms

Yuzu Marinated Japanese Mushrooms

Yuzu Marianted Japanese Mushrooms

This simple, but delicious, mushroom recipe makes a delightful side or a great tapa to pair with your favorite sake. (Recipe Credit: Marc Matsumoto of Fresh Tastes.)

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Ingredients

  • 1 pound Japanese mushrooms (shiitake, maitake, shimeji, eryngi, etc)
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon yuzu juice
  • 1 tablespoon rice vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon honey
  • 1/4 teaspoon yuzu kosho
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • Chives for garnish

Directions

  1. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with foil or parchment paper for easy cleanup.
  2. Trim the tough part of the stems off the mushrooms and then cut big mushrooms like shiitakes into quarters and segment clustered mushrooms like maitake and shimeji into clumps.
  3. Toss the mushrooms with 2 tablespoons of olive oil and 1 tablespoon of soy sauce to coat evenly. Spread the mushrooms out on your prepared baking sheet and bake until golden brown but not crisp (about 10-15 minutes).
  4. To make the marinade, whisk 2 tablespoons of olive oil, the yuzu juice, rice vinegar, honey, yuzu kosho and salt together in a small bowl.
  5. When the mushrooms are done, transfer them to a bowl and then toss them with the marinade. Garnish with chives to serve.

Marc Matsumoto is the food blogger behind Fresh TastesMarc Matsumoto is a culinary consultant and recipe repairman who shares his passion for good food through his website norecipes.com. For Marc, food is a life long journey of exploration, discovery and experimentation and he shares his escapades through his blog in the hopes that he inspires others to find their own culinary adventures. Marc’s been featured in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and USA Today, and has made multiple appearances on NPR and the Food Network.