Spicy Pan-Fried Maitake Mushrooms

Been craving a meaty, spicy Korean stir-fry? This recipe is the one you’re looking for. These Maitake mushrooms are pan-seared, covered in a Korean spicy sauce, and roasted to perfection.

The Maitake Mushroom

The Maitake Mushroom, or “Hen of the Woods,” is a Japanese cluster mushroom known for its medicinal purposes. In the culinary world, the mushroom its known for its simplicity. Chefs usually just pull the cluster apart into little pieces and sauté them, using them as garnish for dishes like pasta or risotto. But for this recipe, we will not be pulling it apart and instead will be cooking it in its natural clustered state.

As it turns out, when you smash down the mushrooms and deeply caramelize them, you not only concentrate its flavors, but in the process create a more compact structure. What you end up with are dense, meaty mushroom pieces that have texture just like meat. And when you roast them in the oven, the mushrooms dry out a little more and the flavor intensifies even more.

Naturally, my instincts tell me to douse them in a Korean spicy sauce…

Spicy Pan-Fried Maitake Mushroom

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Recipe by George L. Course: SnackCuisine: KoreanDifficulty: Medium


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  • 2 (6-8 oz.) Maitake Mushrooms

  • vegetable oil, for frying

  • sesame seeds, for topping

  • Spicy Sauce
  • 2 tablespoons gochujang

  • 1/4 teaspoon gochugaru (more if you love spicy)

  • 1/2 teaspoon vinegar

  • 2 tablespoons water


  • Today we’re working with Whole Maitake Mushrooms.
  • In a pan, heat up some vegetable oil on high heat. Sear the mushrooms up-side down.
  • Using another similar-sized pan and a dry towel, press down on the mushrooms. Don’t apply too much force right at the start; gradually increase the pressure. Don’t worry if the mushrooms fall apart a little bit.
  • Sear each side until they are nicely golden-brown and caramelized. While the mushrooms are cooking, pre-heat the oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C).
  • Place mushroom pieces on top of a parchment-lined baking tray. Cover the mushrooms with 2/3 of the spicy sauce and roast them in the pre-heated oven for 10 minutes.
  • To finish, drizzle the remaining 1/3 of the spicy sauce and sprinkle on some sesame seeds.

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