by Michael Baumgärtner

Shiitake mushrooms

Shiitake mushrooms grow in the roots of the chestnut tree and different oak trees. This very aromatic mushroom is only used dried for the preparation of Sushi because it is then even of more taste. It is used basically for Chirashi-zushi.

Shiitake mushrooms are cooked and spiced before using.

Shiitake mushrooms


  • 10 pieces dried Shiitake mushrooms
  • 4 tablespoons sugar
  • 4 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 4 teaspoons rice wine


Let soak the mushrooms in water about one hour until they get their natural form. Strain the mushrooms and keep the water. Remove stems. Put the mushrooms into a pot and cover with the kept water. Bring to a boil, then reduce the heat and cook for 2 minutes. Add sugar and soy sauce. Cook while stirring from time to time until the liquidity is evaporated. Last add rice wine and stir. Let cool down.