Learn how to cook dried mushrooms, a powerhouse ingredient packed with savory, meaty flavor. They are delicious in soups, stews, gravies, and comforting dishes.

Dried mushrooms that have been rehydrated, minced on a cutting board.
Table of Contents
  1. Tutorial notes
  2. Step-by-step instructions
  3. How to Cook Dried Mushrooms Recipe

Tutorial notes

  • Mushrooms: This method works with many dried mushrooms such as porcini or shiitake. 1 ½ ounces dried mushrooms is about 8 ounces fresh mushrooms.
  • Water: To infuse even more flavor into your dried mushrooms, soak in chicken broth or beef broth.
  • Buying: Dried mushrooms are available at many grocery stores (I usually find them in the Asian aisle). 
  • Washing: Visually inspect dried mushrooms for dirt and other debris. If needed, rinse throughly in cold water before using.
  • Storage: Dried mushrooms may last up to 3 years in the pantry (read the package to check with your particular brand).
  • Microwave method: In a small microwave-safe bowl, cover dried mushrooms with water. Cover bowl with plastic wrap, cut several steam vents in plastic, and microwave for 30 seconds. Let stand until mushrooms soften, about 5 minutes.
  • Add to recipes: Some recipes call for dried mushrooms as-is; they will rehydrate while cooking in a soup, sauce, or gravy. In those instances, the mushrooms do not need to be rehydrated (always follow your recipe).

Step-by-step instructions

  1. In a medium bowl, add dried mushrooms and boiling water. Let sit until soft and pliable, about 5 to 10 minutes.
Dried mushrooms being rehydrated in liquid.
  1. To chop, first transfer to a fine-mesh strainer lined with paper towel, or a coffee filter. Strain liquid and discard.
Dried mushrooms that have been rehydrated, minced on a cutting board.

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Dried mushrooms that have been rehydrated, minced on a cutting board.

How to Cook Dried Mushrooms

Learn how to cook dried mushrooms, a powerhouse ingredient packed with savory, meaty flavor. They are delicious in soups, stews, gravies, and comforting dishes.
5 from 1 vote
Cook Time 5 mins
Total Time 5 mins
Servings 6 servings
Course Pantry
Cuisine American
Calories 21

Ingredients 

  • 1 1/2 ounces dried mushrooms (see note 1)
  • 1/2 cup boiling water (see note 2)

Instructions 

  • In a medium bowl, add dried mushrooms and boiling water. Let sit until soft and pliable, about 5 to 10 minutes.
  • To chop, first transfer to a fine-mesh strainer lined with paper towel, or a coffee filter. Strain liquid and discard.

Notes

  1. Mushrooms: This method works with many dried mushrooms such as porcini or shiitake. 1 ½ ounces dried mushrooms is about 8 ounces fresh mushrooms.
  2. Water: To infuse even more flavor into your dried mushrooms, soak in chicken broth or beef broth.
  3. Buying: Dried mushrooms are available at many grocery stores (I usually find them in the Asian aisle). 
  4. Washing: Visually inspect dried mushrooms for dirt and other debris. If needed, rinse throughly in cold water before using.
  5. Storage: Dried mushrooms may last up to 3 years in the pantry (read the package to check with your particular brand).
  6. Microwave method: In a small microwave-safe bowl, cover dried mushrooms with water. Cover bowl with plastic wrap, cut several steam vents in plastic, and microwave for 30 seconds. Let stand until mushrooms soften, about 5 minutes.
  7. Add to recipes: Some recipes call for dried mushrooms as-is; they will rehydrate while cooking in a soup, sauce, or gravy. In those instances, the mushrooms do not need to be rehydrated (always follow your recipe).

Nutrition

Serving: 0.25ouncesCalories: 21kcalCarbohydrates: 5gProtein: 1gFat: 1gSaturated Fat: 1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 1gSodium: 2mgPotassium: 109mgFiber: 1gSugar: 1gVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 1mgIron: 1mg
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