With their earthy, umami taste and meaty texture, mushrooms are a delicious staple in a vegan’s kitchen. We have shared some essential mushroom recipes to add to your repertoire, but those have largely relied on classic, and dare I say, boring mushrooms like baby bellas, portabellos, and creminis. But there is life outside these simple shrooms! If you’ve ever been to a farmer’s market or specialty grocery store and seen rows of oddly shaped fungi, you no longer need to feel intimidated. Here are 12 recipes that utilize the full potential of unique mushrooms and show seamlessly they can be incorporated into your kitchen.
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1. Asian Greens Soup With Tofu and Enoki Mushrooms
Ready in just 20 minutes, this Asian Greens Soup With Tofu and Enoki Mushrooms by RG Enriquez will be your new go-to. It’s extremely simple, versatile, and delicious, with tender kabocha squash, mushrooms, fried tofu, and plenty of greens. It’s never a bad time for a soup with a mild kick.
2. Mushroom Carnitas Tacos with Cilantro Lime Crema
This Mushroom Carnitas Tacos with Cilantro Lime Crema by Desiree Rodriguez may look like it’s made with shredded pork but it’s really made with mushrooms. This will make a delicious addition to Taco Tuesday!
3. Lion’s Mane Mushroom ‘Liver’ and Onions
This Lion’s Mane Mushroom ‘Liver’ and Onions by Wicked Healthy is one of those meals that you and your friends will be talking about for months to come … these Lion’s Mane mushrooms are legitimately amazing! They are pressed and grilled before being slow roasted and drizzled with decidedly sticky and savory glazed onions and served atop a bed of fluffy whipped potatoes. This meal does take a bit of time and effort – but it’s totally worth it.
4. Miso Ramen Bowl With Tellicherry Black Pepper Tofu
What do you do if you’re craving something that is rich and bursts with umami? Make this Miso Ramen Bowl With Tellicherry Black Pepper Tofu by Anett Velsberg! The combination of miso, dried shiitakes and a tiny amount of soy milk does the trick. Plus, the Tellicherry black pepper tofu gives it a nice kick. Complete with miso-glazed bok choy and sautéed shimeij mushrooms, this vegan ramen will have you wanting more before you’ve even slurped the last noodle.
5. Blackened Maitake Breast
Source: Blackened Maitake Breast
This Blackened Maitake Breast recipe by Wicked Healthy is quick, easy, and incredibly delicious. Maitake mushrooms are an incredible meat substitute and the salt brine in this recipe really makes them special. This is a great meal to make when your having company over for dinner.
6. Creamy New England Chowder
Source: Creamy New England Chowder
You’ll love this Creamy New England Chowder by 30 Minute Vegan Dinners, Megan Sadd. Sautéed oyster mushrooms make the perfect plant-based swap for clams in this creamy New England–style chowder that you’ll want to make again and again. Don’t forget the bread for dipping! Reprinted with permission from 30 Minute Vegan Dinners by Megan Sadd, copyright Page Street Publishing 2019. Photo by Megan Sadd.
7. Nametake: Enoki Mushrooms in Mirin and Soy Sauce
You have to try this Nametake: Enoki Mushrooms in Mirin and Soy Sauce by Anita Jacobson. Nametake is a simple Japanese side of enoki mushrooms cooked in mirin and soy sauce until soft. Because its flavor is so strong, it’s best served as a side to neutral flavors, like rice, or as a topping to steamed tofu. It can also be stored in a mason jar like pickles for use as a topping to sandwiches, noodles, or whenever you’re craving a boost of umami flavor.
8. Lobster Mushroom Bisque
Source: Lobster Mushroom Bisque
This Lobster Mushroom Bisque by Lauren Hartmann is creamy, dreamy, warm, and seafood-free amazingness! Creamy cashews and blended veggies create the richest, most decadent meal you’ll ever dip a spoon into. If you’ve never tried Lobster mushrooms before, they are a sight to bold. When soaked, they turn such a beautiful bright color and are an amazing meaty texture that is perfect for the bisque.
9. Maitake Mushroom Sandwich With French Onion Soup Dip
This Maitake Mushroom Sandwich With French Onion Soup Dip by Carla Rendon and Jessica Ruiz has got it all – a hearty roast Maitake mushroom, a creamy pumpkin hummus, and a thick french onion dipping sauce. The recipe takes a bit of prep but it’s well worth the trouble for this decadent, sandwich.
10. Crispy King Trumpet Mushroom Calamari
This Crispy King Trumpet Mushroom Calamari by RG Enriquez is made of king trumpet mushroom coated in batter and deep-fried until crispy on the outside and chewy on the inside. It’s perfect as an appetizer, snack, beer pairing, or party food. Serve it with lemon juice and marinara if you want to enjoy it American-style or with lemon, vinegar, and parsley for the Mediterranean version.
11. Thai Red Curry With Soba Noodles and Sauteed Shimeji Mushrooms
You have to try this Thai Red Curry With Soba Noodles and Sauteed Shimeji Mushrooms by Anett Velsberg. Who doesn’t love a big bowl full of noodles? They’re filling, comforting, and, of course, delicious. In this recipe, Thai red curry is made creamy with coconut milk and used as a base to soba noodles with plenty of mushrooms and flavorful vegetables. This dish is versatile, so it’s easily turned either into a hot, dinner-style bowl or a light soba salad bowl — it all depends on whether or not you want to go heavy or light on the vegetables.
12. Kale and Enoki Mushroom Salad
Source: Kale and Enoki Mushroom Salad
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