Shiitake mushrooms are arguably one of the best mushrooms to add to meals. They add a perfect texture, as well as having an excellent taste and making a meal more filling. They’re also easy to chop thinly and crisp up. That’s why you’ll so often find them being used as a mock “bacon.” We’ve gathered 15 shiitake recipes that use the mushroom either in a big or small way, but either way showcase the deliciousness of this fungi and will get you to enjoy it more in the kitchen.

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1. Shiitake Mushroom Soft Tacos

Shiitake Mushroom Soft Tacos

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These Shiitake Mushroom Soft Tacos by Shanna Laychuk are the perfect dinner choice when you’re looking for something that is going to be satiating, but not leave you feeling heavy. They are light, healthy, and totally delicious! Using shiitake mushrooms adds something unique into the mix.

2. Jalapeño Mac and Cheese Burger With Shiitake Bacon

Jalapeño Mac and Cheese Burger With Shiitake Bacon

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If you love a little fire, something with a wow factor that’s guaranteed to be a hit with everyone, meet the Jalapeño Mac and Cheese Burger With Shiitake Bacon by Gabrielle St. Claire. These awesome sandwiches are a foodie dream come true. It has multiple flavor dimensions — salty, savory, spicy, and cheesy — and if you want to add a little sweetness into the mix, add a drizzle of maple syrup to the Shiitake bacon marinade.

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3. Beluga Lentil and Shiitake Meatballs

vegan dinner Beluga Lentil and Shiitake Meatballs

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These Beluga Lentil and Shiitake Meatballs by Valentina Chiappa are the perfect addition to pasta, a sandwich, salads, you name it. They’re delicious, filling and nutritious!

4. Caramelized Onion Cheese Dip With Shiitake Bacon

Caramelized Onion Cheese Dip With Shiitake Bacon

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Looking for an appetizer that’ll blow everyone away? Try this Caramelized Onion Cheese Dip With Shiitake Bacon by Gabrielle St. Claire. Serve with crispy toast to add crunch factor and you’ve got everything you need for the perfect party snack. This vegan cheese dip would also be a great option for backyard barbecues and game day parties. Though you might have a hard time getting people to leave the snack table.

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5. Balsamic Saffron Tempeh With New Potatoes, Spring Onions and Shiitakes

Balsamic Saffron Tempeh With New Potatoes, Spring Onions and Shiitakes

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This Balsamic Saffron Tempeh With New Potatoes, Spring Onions and Shiitakes by Valentina Chiappa is such a dynamic dish that may sound intimidating at first glance but truly is not that complicated!

6. Rutabaga Carbonara with Shiitake Mushroom Bacon

Rutabaga Carbonara with Shiitake Mushroom Bacon

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This completely veganized Rutabaga Carbonara with Shiitake Mushroom Bacon dish by Phoebe Douglas will make you never miss non vegan food again! The mushroom bacon is smoked with with mouthwatering flavors, and the pasta dish is topped with a veganized parmesan made from pecans and nutritional yeast.

7. Coconut Carrot Soup With Shiitake and Spring Onion

Mild Coconut Carrot Soup With Shiitake, Cilantro and Spring Onion [Vegan, Gluten-Free]

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This Coconut Carrot Soup With Shiitake and Spring Onion by Ida Hemmingsson-Holl goes fantastically well with the shiitake cilantro stir-fry. The recipe makes a rather mild soup, so for anyone preferring more spicy food I would recommend adding more ginger to the soup.

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8. Roasted Shiitake and Orange Salad With Citrus Ponzu

Roasted Shiitake and Orange Salad With Citrus Ponzu

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In this Roasted Shiitake and Orange Salad With Citrus Ponzu by Rebecca Blackwell, tart and tangy Ponzu Sauce, roasted shiitake mushrooms, fresh orange slices, celery, almonds and baby greens come together to create a brightly flavorful and hearty salad that’s just as satisfying served on the side or as the main course.

9. Comforting Shiitake and Kale Congee

Comforting Shiitake and Kale Congee

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Congee is a traditional rice porridge that is popular in many Asian countries. Because it’s easy on the stomach, it’s a perfect dish for children, sick people, and the elderly, but most everyone enjoys it as a side dish or with various toppings for a main meal. This particular version of congee, Comforting Shiitake and Kale Congee by Annie Oliverio, is made with nutritious ingredients such as brown rice, shiitake mushrooms, kale, and ginger. It’s nourishing, comforting, and a perfectly restorative meal to eat when you’re recovering from an illness or feeling particularly low on energy.

10. Warm Broccolini and Shiitake Baby Kale Salad

Warm Broccolini and Shiitake Baby Kale Salad

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This Warm Broccolini and Shiitake Baby Kale Salad by Medha Swaminathan can very much become a base for your everyday meals. You can serve it both as entrée or a side, and it will create an ultimate indulgent experience with a spicy kick.

11. Roasted Shiitake With Celeriac Potato Purée

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In this Roasted Shiitake With Celeriac Potato Purée by Courtney West, delicious, creamy celeriac and potato purée is topped with earthy, meaty Shiitake mushrooms in this must-make fall side. The purée is made extra creamy, thanks to coconut butter and a splash or two of non-dairy milk and is seasoned with chopped chives and nutritional yeast, which adds a layer of cheesiness. This can serve two to three as a dinner or four to five as a side.

12. Slow Cooker Shiitake Congee (Rice Porridge)

Shiitake Congee

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The base for this Slow Cooker Shiitake Congee (Rice Porridge) by Kathy Hester gets most of its flavor from the mushrooms, but it’s actually a plain congee that’s dressed up by the toppings that you choose. This is a great get-well-fast soup and is gentle on your stomach. You can serve with soy sauce, sesame oil, and cilantro.

13. Savory Shiitake, Tofu, and Cabbage Stir-Fry

Savory Shiitake, Tofu, and Cabbage Stir-Fry

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This Savory Shiitake, Tofu, and Cabbage Stir-Fry by Edelweiss and Lorelei is light, packed with nutrients, and full of flavor. It’s relatively light in oil and can even be cooked in water if you’re oil-free. Cooking the vegetables in less oil allows for the texture of the broccoli and cabbage to remain crisp. Combined with the chewy, savory mushrooms and tofu, this dish has all the flavor you could ask for.

14. Grilled Maple-Tamari Shiitakes

Grilled Maple-Tamari Shiitakes

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Grilling Shiitake mushrooms that have been marinated in a maple-tamari sauce only ups the umami factor in an already deeply flavorful vegetable. Plus, the mushrooms then become versatile ingredients: try using these Grilled Maple-Tamari Shiitakes by Simple Green Suppers as a topping for grilled naan, serving them in a salad with somen noodles and Asian greens, or folding them into a warm grain salad. If you don’t have a grill, you can broil these on a baking sheet. Choose the largest Shiitake caps you can find; smaller ones can fall through grill grates or overcook.

15. Baby Bok Choy and Shiitake Red Curry Soup

Baby Bok Choy and Shiitake Red Curry Soup

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This Baby Bok Choy and Shiitake Red Curry Soup recipe by Gina Fontana is so fragrant and flavorful, it really has crept up on my list of favorite condiments. The amazing thing about red curry paste is- because it’s so flavorful in itself, you don’t really need to add many other spices to this soup.

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