Lion's Mane mushrooms, scientifically known as Hericium erinaceus, are not only visually captivating but also offer a unique culinary experience. These mushrooms have gained popularity not only for their unique appearance and taste but also for their potential health benefits. In this blog post, we will explore how to cook with Lion's Mane mushrooms and share a simple and delicious preparation. To learn more about the health benefits of Lion’s Mane, read here.
Step 1: Sourcing and Selecting Lion's Mane Mushrooms: To begin your Lion's Mane culinary adventure, you need to find fresh, high-quality mushrooms. You can find ours fresh at the Winter Park farmer’s market, these select retailers, or consider growing them yourself with one of our grow kits. You can also use our dried Lion’s Mane if fresh isn’t available near you. When selecting Lion's Mane mushrooms, choose specimens that are firm, with a bright white color and little discoloration.
Step 2: Cleaning and Preparing the Mushrooms: Due to their delicate nature, avoid rinsing mushrooms under running water as they can become waterlogged. Instead, gently brush off any dirt or debris using a soft brush or a damp cloth. At Fungi Jon, we do the trimming for you to make this step a breeze.
Step 3: Simple Lion's Mane Steak Recipe
- 1 medium-sized head Lion's Mane mushroom
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 2 cloves of garlic, minced
- Salt and pepper to taste
- Fresh parsley or other herbs for garnish (optional)
- Slice the Lion's Mane mushroom into thin, even strips (about ¼" to ½" thick). This will help ensure even cooking and better flavor absorption.
- Heat the olive oil in a large skillet or frying pan over medium heat.
- Add the minced garlic to the pan and sauté for about 30 seconds until fragrant, being careful not to burn it.
- Add the sliced Lion's Mane mushrooms to the pan and cook for approximately 2-3 minutes on each side until they turn golden brown. Make sure to press using a spatula to cook them evenly.
- Season with salt and pepper to taste.
- Once cooked, remove the mushrooms from the heat and transfer them to a serving dish.
- Garnish with fresh parsley or other herbs if desired.
- Serve hot and enjoy your delicious Lion's Mane steaks as a main dish or as a filling for sandwiches.
Cooking with Lion's Mane mushrooms can introduce a new and exciting flavor to your culinary repertoire. These mushrooms not only offer a delightful taste but may also provide potential health benefits for the brain and nervous system. By following the simple recipe provided above, you can easily prepare a delicious Lion's Mane mushroom sauté that will impress your taste buds and perhaps even inspire further exploration of this unique fungi. So, why not give it a try and embark on a culinary adventure with the magnificent Lion's Mane mushrooms?If you’re looking for a recipe that’s a little more adventurous, be sure to check out our Lion’s Mane Scampi and Lion’s Mane “Tuna” Sandwich.