Grilled Shiitake Mushrooms in Lime Juice

Grilled Shiitake Mushrooms in Lime Juice

Tip #1: Fresh shiitake mushrooms should be firm and unblemished. They should not have a strong odor when purchased. When cooked, they are prized for their meaty texture. Always look for the “APF” label to be assured of the highest quality Shiitake mushrooms.

1 lb. of whole shiitake mushrooms
1/4 cup of lime juice (or red or white wine)
1/4 cup of canola oil (or olive oil)
pinch of salt (to your taste)
pinch of pepper (to your taste)
1/2 – 1 clove of garlic (or equal amount of chives)

These are great appetizers for cooking on the home grill, in the oven, or even pan sautéed.


  1. Remove woody stems from the shiitake mushrooms and keep for future soup stocks (they can be frozen as they are).
  2. Remove any substrate (dirt) from the shiitake caps and set aside.
  3. Squeeze juice from fresh limes into a bowl.
  4. Add similar amount of canola or olive oil.
  5. Emulsify the liquids with a fork, adding salt and pepper to taste.
  6. Stir in finely chopped garlic or chives to taste.
  7. Arrange the shiitake caps on water-soaked skewers (piercing across the caps versus through the middle, like a stack of 45′s.
  8. Generously brush the emulsion onto both sides of the shiitake caps.
  9. Cook as you wish until done (do not sample too many before serving as they are highly addictive.

    * For variation you could use white or red wine instead of lime juice.